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Six skiers on World Cup missions this weekend

World Cup skiing continues this weekend with British athletes competing in Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

Ladies’ alpine kicks off today and continues tomorrow with Saturday’s action also featuring moguls and men’s cross country.

FIS Alpine World Cup – Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March – Ofterschwang GER
Olympian Alex Tilley returns to the World Cup stage today following her Olympic debut in PyeongChang last month.

The 24-year-old failed to finish her slalom and giant slalom events in Korea, but did score crucial victories in the team event which helped Great Britain to a share of fifth place.

While Tilley has had mixed World Cup results this season, she has showed genuine speed on a number of occasions including her 13th place in the giant slalom at Courchevel where she was fifth-fastest on the second run.

She starts today’s giant slalom in bib 29 with the first run at 10am (GMT) and the second run at 1pm. Tomorrow’s slalom begins at 8:30am with the second run at 11:30am.

Both events will be broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Oslo NOR
Andrew Musgrave’s performance in the 50km free at last year’s World Championships ranks as one of his best results ever, finishing just 1.5 seconds out of the medals.

Tomorrow he starts his first 50km free race since that day on the back of an Olympic campaign which featured historic yet mixed results.

Musgrave’s seventh place in the skiathlon was coupled with further top 30 finishes in the 15km free and team sprint, however he ultimately left PyeongChang feeling he had better results left in him.

After getting straight back into World Cup action with sprint free and 15km classic races last week in Lahti, Musgrave celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday and will not leave anything on the table in Oslo.

The race will be broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport Player from 1:30pm tomorrow.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Airolo SUI
A quartet of British skiers will be in Airolo tomorrow for the dual moguls World Cup which will feature a number of firsts.

Will Feneley, 18, will make his World Cup debut in a discipline he has gained a lot of experience in over the last three years. One of his best results in dual moguls came at this venue when he was eighth at the Swiss national championships in 2015, while this season he scored a sixth-place finish in Australia in a field which included the Olympic silver medallist.

Thomas and Makayla Gerken Schofield enter the weekend having never raced dual moguls at World Cup level. Last season Makayla won a Europa Cup event in the discipline, was 23rd at the World Championships and was also 12th at the Junior World Championships. Thomas was second in dual moguls at the Junior World Championships and reached the Europa Cup podium twice in 2016/17.

Max Willis is the only member of the moguls squad to have raced a dual moguls World Cup, however it was more than three years ago and was actually the last time he competed in dual moguls at any level. The 24-year-old has competed in seven World Cups this season and should be fresh after last competing mid-January.

 

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