GB Park and Pipe
GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod made history this weekend as she became the first ever British snowboarder to win a Snowboard Big Air World Cup after claiming gold in Moscow.
Ormerod claimed the win with her two best runs (out of three) scoring 153.75. She finished ahead of the World Cup leader Anna Gasser from Austria who scored 153.50. The win follows two other World Cup Big Air podium finishes this season - 3rd in Alpensia, Korea and 2nd in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
Ormerod said after the victory: "I am really happy to get my first World Cup gold here in Moscow. It was by far the coldest and some of the toughest conditions I've ever had to compete in but an amazing place. I'm stoked to be on the podium with some awesome riders, Anna Gasser and Klaudia Medlova".
In the men’s contest, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick both put in world-class performances, just missing out on the final. Nicholls was just one place away from a final place finishing 6th in his heat, with McCormick just behind him in 8th place.
GB Park and Pipe snowboarders Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Matt McCormick and Rowan Coultas head to Kreischberg in Austria this week for a Slopestyle World Cup starting on Friday. For the skiers, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, Tyler Harding, Cal Sandieson, Katie Summerhayes, Izzy Atkin and Madi Rowlands head to Font Romeu in France for a Ski Slopestyle World Cup, also starting Friday.
Delancey British Alpine Team
Delancey British Alpine Team athlete Dave Ryding had a storming week with two top 15 World Cup finishes. On Thursday, Ryding made up an incredible nine places after his 16th place standing after the first run to finish in 7th place at the Slalom World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia. Ryding then continued his form battling against foggy conditions yesterday in Adelbolden, Switzerland to claim another top 15 finish. After a first run with close to no visibility at times, Ryding put in a sterling second run to move up three places and claim his fourth top 15 finish of the season and his best ever finish on the Adelbolden course.
Ryding said after the race: “It was a tough course and I didn’t have much luck with the weather, but I was happy with some of my skiing. After the first run I just had to go out and fight. It is nice to be in the top 15 again and I will just keep chipping away.”
Yesterday at the Maribor Slalom World Cup in Slovenia, Alex Tilley had a DNF in run one, with Charlie Guest missing out on run two. This followed Saturday’s GS World Cup where Tilley missed out on a second run by the narrowest of margins, finishing in 31st position in run one.
Tilley and Guest are competing tomorrow in the Slalom World Cup in Flachau, Austria. The first run starts at 16.45 GMT.
A week of Europa Cup action will begin with Charlie Raposo and Nick Moynihan in the Giant Slalom in Davos, Switzerland with the first races today. Following this, Laurie Taylor, Billy Major and Robert Poth will take on the Slalom Europa Cup races in Zell am See, Austria with the first race due to take place on Wednesday.
Yesterday saw the conclusion of the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy. After seven stages, Musgrave finished 18th overall, a strong overall performance from the British Nordic athlete. After starting in bib 14 yesterday in the final 9km Freestyle Pursuit, Musgrave unfortunately lost 4 places, to eventually finish in 18th position in the race, and overall.
In other races, Andrew Young finished 10th at the Scandinavian Cup in Lahti, Finland, and Annika Taylor also had a top 10 finish in the 10km Freestyle at the Alpen Cup, following this with a 12th place in the 10km Classic.
The next World Cup for the British Nordic team is this coming weekend in Toblach, Italy, starting on Saturday.
British Ski Cross
This weekend sees Emily Sarsfield, Pamela Thorburn and Liz Stevenson in action at the World Cup in Watles, Italy, which replaces the Megeve Ski Cross World Cup, which had to be cancelled due to snow conditions. This will follow Sarsfield’s best ever World Cup finish in Innichen, Italy where she finished in 15th position Qualification is due to take place on Friday in Watles, with finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Prior to Watles, Emma Peters, Ollie Davies and Scott Garvie will feature in the Europa Cup races in Val Thorens, France, with both the Ladies and Men’s races beginning on Thursday.
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