Britain’s Para Snowboard and Para Alpine squads were back in the medals this weekend, while Mia Brookes made history
Despite confirmation that the Para Snowboard World Championships have been delayed until March, James Barnes-Miller and Nina Sparks kept up the team’s excellent season in Pyha, Finland. Barnes-Miller’s double gold in the weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cup races capped a sensational weekend’s racing from the team, which also saw Sparks take silver and bronze across the two Europa Cup races, with Ollie Hill finishing fourth and eighth in his World Cup competitions.
The Para Alpine squad also took to the snow, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest taking a hard-fought Slalom silver in Veysonnaz, just 0.73s behind the race winner, Austria’s Veronika Aigner, with the Para Alpine World Championships now confirmed to take place as scheduled from 21-29 January in Espot, Spain.
The Freestyle Snowboard Big Air World Cup season drew to a close at the weekend, with Mia Brookes making history as she became the first athlete to stomp a flat-spin cab 1260 in a women’s World Cup competition on her way to a breath taking fifth place in Kreischberg. The result confirms a staggering first season on the World Cup circuit for 15-year-old Brookes, who was the youngest athlete to make the Finals field by a distance, and marks her out as perhaps the most exciting young talent in women’s Freestyle Snowboard.
Maisie Hill’s own excellent form continued, meanwhile, as she finished in tenth spot, just outside of Finals qualification, and adding to her own record of three top-10 places in four World Cup competitions to date.
At Wengen Alpine Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding came in just outside of the top-20 with a 21st place finish, the result meaning Ryding has hit the top-30 in all five Slalom World Cup races this season in a show of his consistency, despite suffering illness coming into the weekend’s races. Laurie Taylor finished outside of qualification for the second run, while Billy Major notched a DNF in the first run.
Earlier in the week, meanwhile, Victoria Palla became the latest British Alpine skier to make her World Cup debut, in the Flachau Slalom World Cup lodging a DNF, but winning valuable experience at the highest levels of the sport. Roy-Alexander Steudle took two top-40 finishes in the Sella Nevea Downhill EC, within Owen Vinter also finishing both races in 66th and 55th position respectively.
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