Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes and Maisie hill all took top-10s in Chur, but the weather played havoc in Soelden as the 2022/23 World Cup season got underway
Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes, and Maisie Hill all secured top-10 finishes at the season-opening Chur Big Air World Cup as British athletes showed up strong on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 World Cup season.
In front of packed crowds, the Chur Big Air World Cup saw some of the world’s best Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard talent take to the snow, with Kirsty Muir and Chris McCormick carrying British interest in the opening Freeski competition, McCormick’s 28th place finish marking his second-best Big Air WC finish and his second time inside the top-30.
Muir, meanwhile, qualified for Finals in fourth before finishing up in seventh spot for her first Big Air WC top-10 finish having previously broken Big Air top-10s at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games, the FIS Junior World Ski Championships and in two European Cup competitions.
Saturday’s Freestyle Snowboard contest saw Billy Cockrell, Maisie Hill, and Mia Brookes line up for Britain, with the competition marking Brookes’ first venture onto the World Cup stage at the age of just 15. While all three found challenges in the speed of the set-up, Hill and Brookes both broke into the top-10 with Hill’s 10th place marking her second career WC top-10, and Brookes’ ninth place leaving her just short of the Finals on a terrific WC debut. Cockrelll’s 38th place on only his fourth Big Air World Cup also saw reasons for encouragement.
In Soelden, the Alpine season opener got off to a tricky start with the Women’s GS race cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, denying Alex Tilley the opportunity to return to the venue of her stunning 13th place finish last season. With conditions having improved enough to stage the men’s race the following day, Charlie Raposo missed out on qualification for the second run, coming in in 56th spot after the first run, just under 2s outside of the qualifying spots.
With weather conditions continuing to prove challenging across large parts of Europe, the next scheduled race dates in the Alpine calendar are 12-13 November Lech-Zuers Parallel World Cup.
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Header Image: Chris McCormick at Big Air WC Chur, October 2022. Photo: Ben Kinnear