Andrew Musgrave’s second career World Cup podium was the highlight of an exciting weekend’s action, which also saw Makayla Gerken Schofield match her best ever World Cup performance
Andrew Musgrave’s incredible start to the 2022-23 season continued in Beitostolen this weekend, with third place in Saturday’s 10km C giving the 32-year-old his first World Cup podium in five years. Having record fifth and fourth place finishes in 10km races in Ruka and Lillehammer so far this season, Musgrave’s race strategy finally brought him back to the podium with a performance that saw him finish just 10s behind Paal Golberg’s race-winning time.
Andrew Young recorded his own career milestone in the same race, his 23rd place marking his best ever 10km World Cup performance, while Joe Davies took a highly respectable 63rd place in only the third World Cup race of his career.
The weekend’s Sprint C races saw Young take 32nd spot, Musgrave 54th, and James Clugnet 60th, but the weekend belonged firmly to the 10km C and a result which acts as a rich reward for one of Britain’s most dedicated endurance athletes.
A career-best result was also on the cards in the Moguls World Cup in Idre Fjall, Sweden, as Makayla Gerken Schofield took 6th in the Moguls and 8th in the Dual Moguls, with the former marking her best ever Moguls finish and the latter a second career top-10 in Dual Moguls. Leonie Gerken Schofield also performed excellently in Idre Fjall, taking 23rd in the Moguls and 20th in the Dual Moguls, while in the Men’s competitions Will Feneley came 29th in the Moguls and 24th in Dual Moguls, Thomas Gerken Schofield 38th in Moguls and 25th in Dual Moguls, and Mateo Jeannesson 30th in Moguls and 39th in Dual Moguls.
In Alpine, the Men’s Slalom World Cup season finally got underway in Val d’Isere, with Dave Ryding finishing just outside the top-20 having qualified for the second run in ninth spot. Laurie Taylor and Billy Major both took DNFs from the first run, as did Charlie Raposo in the weekend’s Giant Slalom races.
Charlie Guest finished 43rd in the Sestriere Slalom races, with Alex Tilley recording a DNF.
Earlier in the week, the Ski Cross World Cup season got off to a promising start in Val Thorens for Ollie Davies with a 16th place finish in the week’s second WC competition, after a 34th place in the first contest.
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