Photo: Billy Morgan, Credit Nick Atkins
Press release: 25 January 2016
GB Park and Pipe
The Laax Open concluded yesterday after a week of incredible riding in a field of world-class competitors. Finals day saw one of the highest levels of snowboard slopestyle riding ever seen in a competition format and GB Park and Pipe’s Billy Morgan showed that he is straight back into mixing it with the world’s best following his knee surgery at the end of last season. Billy finished in 10th place after putting down an incredible 3rd run with back to back triples, only to unfortunately have a mistake on the final quarter-pipe feature. In what was a ‘next level’ day of riding from Billy and the rest of the men’s slopestyle competitors, the Canadians’ swept the podium with Mark McMorris taking the top spot.
At the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Cups in Mammoth, weather played havoc with the Grand Prix schedule with high winds and heavy snowfall causing a difficult few days of competition for the world’s best. GB Park and Pipe skier James Woodsy Woods took a brilliant 8th place in the Ski Slopestyle after a turbulent couple of runs – completing his second run straight after having dislocated his jaw in the first. Izzy Atkin also finished an impressive 9th in the women’s Ski Slopestyle, with teammate Katie Summerhayes taking 17th position. .
There was a strong British contingent in the Mammoth Ski Halfpipe with Murray Buchan, Peter Speight, and James Machon in the men’s. Murray and James both secured top 25 finishes and Pete Speight finished in 31st in his first World Cup back since injury. Rowan Cheshire was in a stacked field in the ladies’ Halfpipe competition and brought home a top 20 result in her first World Cup of the season.
Ahead of the Mammoth Mountain US Rev Tour, GB Park & Pipe snowboarders Ben Kilner, Sam Turnbull and George Scott all took part in their first World Cup of 2016 with Ben finishing 18th in the men’s Halfpipe, and George Scott and Sam Turnbull coming 22nd and 34th respectively in the Slopestyle.
British Snowboard Cross
After a gap in World Cup action due to cancelled races, Zoe Gillings-Brier had a good return to action this weekend in Feldberg, Germany. She made it through to finals after a competitive qualification round, eventually taking 17th place overall on a short but big course.
Delancey British Alpine Team
Dave Ryding was lying in 27th place after run one of the steep, tricky Slalom course in the Kitzbuhel World Cup, but unfortunately DNF’d on run two. He will now have a weekend off from World Cup racing, after a busy January schedule of back to back World Cup races.
Charlie Guest secured a top 30 finish at the Europa Cup Slaloms in Oberjoch, Germany, with a 27th place in the first day of competition.
British Nordic Team
Andrew Musgrave of the British Nordic Team finished in 33rd position in the 15km Freestyle at the Nove Meston Cross Country World Cup in the Czech Republic on Saturday.
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