Press release: 21 January 2016
GB Park and Pipe
This week the Laax Open, one of the biggest events on the European Snowboard calendar, has been battling with the weather but managed to run qualifications on Tuesday, with the semi-finals due to run today. For the GB Park and Pipe team, Billy Morgan had a fantastic qualification round finishing first in his heat and which sent him straight through to the Semis where he will join Aimee Fuller and Jamie Nicholls in today’s competition.
Today also sees the start of the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Cups in Mammoth, USA where there will be a strong GB Park and Pipe contingent.
Action starts today with Snowboard Slopestyle qualification and then straight into finals due to the snow forecast over the weekend. Sam Turnbull and George Scott will be stepping up for the Brits in the first event of the competition Tomorrow is currently scheduled for the Snowboard Halfpipe qualifications with finals on Sunday.
James ‘Woodsy’ Woods will be looking to secure another strong World Cup result in Ski Slopestyle following his win this summer in the first World Cup of the season in New Zealand. Woodsy will be joined by Tyler Harding from the GB Park and Pipe Squad, with Katie Summerhayes and Izzy Atkin tacking the Ski Slopestyle course in the ladies’ round.
In Ski Halfpipe, competing for the men is Murray Buchan, Pete Speight and James Machon, with Madi Rowlands and Rowan Cheshire joining them in the ladies competition. Qualification is today, with finals on Saturday.
After a gap in World Cup action due to cancelled races, Zoe Gillings-Brier is back in competition in this weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. This is the first time in 10 years that Germany have played host to a Snowboard Cross World Cup, and ahead of the event Zoe said: “The snow report from Feldberg is good and we’ve heard the course is a little shorter than planned, but still has good size, even epic, World Cup-style features. I really can’t wait to get on it!”
Dave Ryding will tackle one of the most challenging Slalom courses on the World Cup circuit this Sunday in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Following his 16th place last weekend in Wengen, he will now look to put in a result on the course that he describes as “a toughie – lots of terrain and steep”.
Today and tomorrow sees Charlie Guest competing in two Europa Cup Slaloms in Oberjoch, Germany. This follows the Goestling-Hochkar Europa Cup Slalom on Tuesday where she unfortunately DNF’d. In the same race, Alex Tilley came in 22nd, this was after the previous days GS where she was 32nd .
The British Nordic Team are all set to tackle the next World Cup races, this time in Nove Meston in the Czech Republic. Competing for Great Britain is Andrew Musgrave who is in the 15km Freestyle on Saturday.