Dave Ryding’s sensational season continued in Germany, Andrew Young and James Clugnet were back in World Cup action, while Mia Brookes continued her perfect season, and the Moguls squad grabbed podiums and top-10s in Austria
The Alpine World Cup season got back into full swing following the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, with a stunning fifth career World Cup podium for Dave Ryding in the second of the weekend’s double-header in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Having taken a 20th place finish in the first of the weekend’s WC races on Saturday, Ryding stormed back with a superb second run in Sunday’s race to move from 19th spot at the turn to take second place and the fifth World Cup podium of his career.
The result, which saw him finish just 0.35s behind Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, puts Ryding fourth in the Slalom World Cup standings, and marks the first time he’s stood on a World Cup podium more than once in a season. Billy Major and Laurie Taylor also turned out in both races, Major coming 43rd in the weekend’s first race before a DNF in Sunday’s race, and Taylor taking 54th on Sunday following a DNF on Saturday.
Andrew Young and James Clugnet were also back in World Cup action in Lahti, Finland, with Young taking a top-10 in the Sprint Free, coming in eighth spot. Clugnet, who qualified in fourth, had to settle for 26th in the Final, and followed it up with a 52nd place finish in the 15km Classic, with Young finishing 26th. The results confirmed a season-best performance for Young in the Sprint Free, while for Clugnet the weekend’s action marked a best-ever Prologue as well as his highest ever Classic distance finish.
In Freestyle Snowboard, Mia Brookes’ season card currently reads: entered six, won six after another pair of first-place Europa Cup finishes in Goetschen, Germany in Big Air and Slopestyle. Both competitions saw Brookes up against a number of athletes who competed for their countries in Beijing at the Olympic Winter Games, with her ability to mix it with the world’s best becoming increasingly apparent.
Meanwhile, the Moguls squad grabbed a host of top-10 finishes at the Krispl Europa Cup, topped by silver medals for Leonie Gerken Schofield and Will Feneley. In the men’s competitions, Feneley took silver with Tom Gerken Schofield securing a top-10 finish with tenth spot, and a 14th place for Mateo Jeannesson on the first day, before Feneley doubled up on podium finishes, coming third on the Sunday, with Jeannesson taking sixth and Thomas Gerken Schofield another tenth. In the women’s section, Leonie Gerken Schofield’s Saturday silver was followed by a fourth-place finish on the Sunday, capping an outstanding weekend of skiing for the British squad.
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Header Image: Dave Ryding celebrates at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Slalom World Cup, 27 February 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun