British Delancey Alpine Team
It is a big weekend of Alpine World Cup action for the top two British Delancey Alpine Team athletes, Dave Ryding and Alex Tilley. After his 6th place finish in the Levi World Cup Slalom in November, Dave Ryding will be in Val d’Isere to tackle his next World Cup Slalom this Sunday, with a big contingent of Brits expected to be cheering him on. Over in Italy, Alex Tilley will be looking to build on her performances in Killington, taking on the GS on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday in the Sestriere Alpine World Cup.
British Ski Cross
Today sees the start of the World Cup season for Ski Cross, in Val Thorens with the introduction of the first-ever Cross Alps Tour.Emily Sarsfield kicks off today with qualifiers, followed by two races on Friday and Saturday, before moving on to the next stops on the Cross Alps Tour in Arosa (Switzerland), Montafon (Austria) and Innichen/San Candido (Italy).
The new Cross Alps Tour will bring some never-before-seen rules and features to the Ski Cross World Cup, with the most notable being the “wild card” slots for the World Cup’s top athletes (assurance that the top eight men and the top four ladies as ranked will get a spot in the finals nomatter what happens in qualification) and also a ‘public’ heat selection where the top qualifying athletes will be given the opportunity to choose their three competitors for the first heat of the next day’s race.
GB Park and Pipe
GB Park and Pipe’s James ‘Woodsy’ Woods and Izzy Atkin will be kicking off their Northern Hemisphere season at Dew Tour in Breckenridge, which will also feature teammates Katie Summerhayes and snowboarder Katie Ormerod. They will battle it out in a Slopestyle jumps contest and Slopestyle jib contest. The women are in action on Friday, with Katie Ormerod in the morning and Katie Summerhayes and Izzy in action in the afternoon (local time). The Ski Men’s finals take place on Sunday morning (Sunday afternoon GMT).
The Rev Tour, starting today in Copper Mountain, sees several of the GB Park and Pipe Halfpipe skiers and snowboarders hitting the pipe for the first time this season in competition. For the skiers, Pete Speight, Murray Buchan, Rowan Cheshire and Madi Rowlands are in action, joined by newcomers Connie Brogden and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon. The skiers will compete on Saturday, with qualification in the morning, and finals in the afternoon.
Lewis Courtier-Jones will represent GB Park and Pipe in the Snowboard Halfpipe, with qualifications and finals all happening today.
British Nordic Team
The British Nordic Team is back in World Cup action this weekend, this time in Davos. Both Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young will be competing in the 30km Freestyle on Saturday and the Sprint Freestyle on Sunday.
Over in Lillehammer at the Scandanavia Cup, Annika Taylor and Callum Smith will both be competing for the British Nordic Team from Friday to Sunday.
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