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British skiing riding high after great winter

British skiing riding high after great winter


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Britain’s top skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed a successful winter and as the 2014/15 season draws to a close we look at some of the best results and competitions.

There have been many highlights over recent months and it’s difficult to mention them all but some of the best have been British podium results at world championships and international competitions for the GB Park and Pipe athletes.

GB Park and Pipe Team success

For the skiers in the GB Park and Pipe Team, Katie Summerhayes had one of the performances of the season when she won a silver medal at the World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships in Kreischberg.

She then topped this with two silver medals at the recent AFP World Champs in Whistler in the Slopestyle and Big Air competitions.

After a season of pushing limits and battling a hip injury, James “Woodsy” Woods had a fantastic end to the winter, also winning silver in Big Air at the AFP World Champs.

Earlier in the season, Woodsy was fifth placed in the X Games in Aspen with what was described as the “run of his life”.

GB Park and Pipe skier James Machon achieved a career best this season, with an eighth place in Ski Halfpipe at the World Champs.

It has also been a fantastic season for the rising stars for the GB Park and Pipe team. Molly Summerhayes, sister of Katie, is just 17 but had a great result when she won the Ski Halfpipe title at the World Junior Freestyle Championships in March.

Her teammate, Isabel Atkin, 16, took a third place finish in the European Freeski Open in Laax against a strong international field.

For the GB Park and Pipe snowboarders, Billy Morgan stole the show this season when he landed the world’s first quad cork on a snowboard earlier tis month.

There were also impressive results from 17-year-old Rowan Coultas, who made two World Snowboard Tour podiums, finishing second at the Slovakia Snowboard Festival Big Air and third in the Red Bull Nanshan Open.

Snowboarder Aimee Fuller was also delighted with a bronze medal at Spring Battle. Jenny Jones has had a superb season since her bronze medal in Sochi at the Winter Olympic Games and competed at the iconic Nine Queens event alongside the world’s best female ski and snowboard stars, including Fuller and Katie Summerhayes.

Alpine skiers climb the world rankings

On the alpine skiing circuit, Dave Ryding has two top 20 finishes in Slalom World Cups. He was 16th in Madonna di Campiglio and 17th in Are, and was delighted with another three top 30 results. He is now ranked in the top 100 in the world and hopes to start next winter season in the top 30 seeds for Slalom.

The Delancey U21 Alpine squad athletes have also had some outstanding performances in both North America and Europe. Jack Gower impressed on the Nor-Am speed circuit this year scoring his best ever FIS point results in Downhill. Meanwhile Charlie Raposo also performed well in the US with career best results in the Nor-Am GS races and podiums in FIS races.

Delancey British Ladies Giant Slalom and Slalom Champion Alex Tilley has had a brilliant season, improving her GS World Ranking from over 200 at the start of the year to 31st at the end of this season.

While team-mate Charlie Guest had a tricky season after breaking her back at the end of 2014, she made a remarkable comeback to compete in the World Alpine Championships in Colorado in February.

Delancey U21 British Alpine Team athlete Cara Brown made her World Cup debut in the Super G in Val d’Isere, with a 36th place finish. After some strong performances over the season, she rounded it off by claiming the Overall Women’s Delancey British National Championship title in Tignes earlier this month.

Rising star Max Baggio took the overall Delancey British National Alpine Championships title, winning the Victor Ludorum Trophy.

Cross country skiers on a high

In the cross country skiing field, Andrew Musgrave has far exceeded anything ever achieved by a British Nordic athlete when he was the fastest skier in a World Cup race at the Tour de Ski. He also finished third in the Norwegian Championships in the 10km in late March.

Andrew is said to be one of the brightest talents on the World Cup circuit and is being closely followed by teammate Andrew Young, who enjoyed his best ever season, including a top 20 finish in a World Cup race in January in Val Mustair.

Despite suffering knee injury before the season, telemark skier Jaz Taylor scored a fantastic performance at the Telemark World Championships in Steamboat Springs to win a bronze medal.

Jaz also performed well on the World Cup circuit, including a fourth place in Hintertux and a fifth place in Thyon.

Aerials, moguls and speed skiers

Aerials skier Lloyd Wallace has an amazing season after landing his first ever triple in an aerials competition and went on to finish second in the overall Europa Cup standings. Lloyd then claimed Bronze at the World Junior Freestyle Championships in Valmalenco.

British moguls skier Ellie Koyander finished in silver place in the Europa Cup Circuit. She also enjoyed seven podium finishes this year including a win in the Dual Moguls in Are, Sweden, the final Europa Cup of 14/15.

The speed skier Jan Farrell beat his own personal best result earlier this month with a time of 231.660km/h, which is 20km/h faster than his previous record and only just missed out on gaining the British record. This result rounded off Jan’s first FIS World Cup season in S1 category, in which he finished sixth.

In snowboard cross, Zoe Gillings’ best results were first and third at the Europa Cup Snowboard Cross races in Lenk. Stephanie Gehrig’s best results of the season were a 16th place in the World Cup in Veysonnaz and a 13th place in the Europa Cup in Bad Gastein.

For the British Ski Cross team, Liz Stevenson made it through to the World Cup Finals in Megeve, claiming 11th position in the final race of the World Cup season with Pam Thorburn just missing out on the Finals.

A spokesperson for British Ski and Snowboard said: “The British results from the 2014/15 season show how far British skiing and snowboarding has come since the governing body’s formation in 2010 and after the demise of Snowsports GB.

“We also need to thank our sponsor Delancey, which has supported us fro the start. British Ski and Snowboard are also indebted to sponsors UVEX for their generous support of money and world leading safety equipment.”