GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Katie Ormerod opened up a successful weekend for British Ski and Snowboard as she claimed third position in the Snowboard Big Air World Cup in Alpensia, Korea, a PyeongChang Olympic test event. Team-mate Aimee Fuller clinched a respectable 11th place in the Women’s Big Air following her 4th place at the Milan Big Air World Cup last week. In the Men’s competition, challenging a world-class field, Billy Morgan finished in 6th place, Rowan Coultas in 8th position. Matt McCormick placed 30th after landing a clean run in his first ever World Cup. This Friday and Saturday sees the next Big Air event in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
Ormerod said after her win: “I'm super happy to get bronze at the Olympic test event. Especially as the standard of riding was the highest it's been at any Big Air contest and I landed both the runs I wanted."
Following Ormerod’s podium finish, Delancey Alpine Team skier Alex Tilley put in a strong performance in the GS at the World Cup in Killington on Saturday, finishing in a brilliant 21st position against a strong field on a challenging course. She unfortunately had a DNF on the first run of Sunday’s Slalom, also in Killington. The next World Cup for Tilley will be in Sestriere with the GS on Saturday 10th and Slalom on Sunday 11th December.
Sunday saw a fantastic performance from Andrew Musgrave in the opening Cross Country World Cup in Ruka, Finland. He took 10th place in a field of 98 athletes in the Men’s 15km Classic, a promising start to the season. In the other Cross Country races, British Nordic skier Annika Taylor finished 61st in the Women’s Sprint Classic on Saturday and 65th in the Women’s 10km Classic on Sunday. Team-mate Callum Smith finished 77th in the Men’s Sprint Classic and 84th in the 15km Classic. The next World Cup begins this Friday, running throughout the weekend in Lillehammer.
For the British Telemark team, Jasmin Taylor put in two impressive performances to claim 4th and 6th in the two Ladies’ Sprint races and 5th in the Parallel Sprint at the first FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2016/17 season. Teammate Tara Parks claimed 9th and 13th in the two Sprints and 9th in the Parallel Sprint. For the men, Louis Hatchwell had the best result with 9th in the Parallel Sprint, after his 18th place finish in the first Sprint race (and a DNF in the second Sprint). Jasper Taylor finished 17th in the Parallel Sprint, 20th in the first Sprint race and 19th in the second Sprint. Alec Dixon finished 17th in the Parallel Sprint and 27th and 30th in the two Sprint races.
GB Telemark Team Captain, Louis Hatchwell said after the opening Sprint race: “Today’s Sprint has been a great opening tester for the British Squad. Newcomer Tara Parks, stormed into 9th in her first ever World Cup and Jasmin Taylor surprised no one and ripped into 4th after a blistering 2nd run, the fastest of the day. For the boys, Alec Dixon showed some of his best skiing today, really finding form in run two. Jasper Taylor vaulted up the leaderboard after putting down the 11th fastest time in the second run and I came 18th and got a lifetime best.”
For the GB Park and Pipe Pathway skiers, Chris McCormick was on form in the Europa Cup Slopestyle in Stubai this weekend. After qualifying through to finals, he finished in 10th position in a large and competitive field. Joe Hides just missed out on the finals and unfortunately Monty Wright crashed.
Ski Cross athlete Emma Peters, finished in an impressive 12th position in the Pitztal NC race on Saturday after starting 37th. Peters went on to finish 27th in the EC races on Sunday.
This week sees Delancey Alpine athletes Charlie Raposo and Nick Moynihan competing in the Levi Slalom Europa Cup races on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Britain’s top Aerials athlete, Lloyd Wallace competes at Ruka Europa Cup on Thursday and Friday in Finland.
British SBX athletes will be competing in Pitztal Europa Cup on Wednesday and Thursday and will be joined by Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier, who is competing in her first event since the birth of her daughter this summer.
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