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GB’S ZOE ATKIN WINS GOLD

The teenager won at the World Cup Freestyle ski halfpipe in Copper, USA. Dave Ryding had a difficult day in Val d’Isere.

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“Incredible season opener from Zoe Atkin winning Gold in the Copper Mountain Grand Prix FIS Freestyle Halfpipe World Cup,” said GB Snowsport as it reported her victory.

It’s her first World Cup win.

She is just 16-years-old.

Her winning score was 87.75.

Brita Sigourney of the USA was second with 85.00 and Canada’s Rachael Karker third with 81.75.

Watch her winning run:

Zoe is the younger sister of Izzy Atkin, the bronze medallist for GB in the ski slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

This result brings her firmly out of her big sister’s shadow.

She was interviewed after topping the podium.

Fantastic result

Fantastic result

It’s a huge result for Zoe, who made her World Cup debut just a year ago in December 2018.

There was a very strong showing from GB moguls skier Thomas Gerken Schofield in China.

He finished just off the podium in 4th in the dual moguls World Cup in Thaiwoo.

But it was disappointment for Dave Ryding in the men’s slalom World Cup in Val d’Isere on Sunday.

The French resort has always proved a difficult hunting ground for the British number one.

He has never finished in the top 10 there.

He went into the second run in 8th place but lost time to finish 17th.

Dave Ryding

Going wrong for Ryding on run 2

He has, at least, picked up his first World Cup points of the season.

Alexis Pinturault of France won the race by a big margin of 1.44 seconds.

Andre Myhrer of Sweden was second and Stefano Gross of Italy third.

Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen missed the podium by one hundredth of a second, though his second run charge moved him up 23 places to finish 4th.

After the race, Ryding ruefully said ‘Val d’Isere wins again’.

 

All eyes had been on Ryding to see if he could do a repeat of his first run in Levi.

But not his second…

The slalom was first due to take place on Sunday but was moved to Saturday due to the weather forecast.
We reported on it in News in Brief on Wednesday.
However, on Saturday strong winds forced it to be cancelled.
A few hours later, it was announced that the race would go ahead in its original slot of Sunday.

 

The men’s giant slalom, which was due to take place on Sunday, will now be rescheduled.
Face de Bellevarde

View of the racecourse from Radio TV Val d’Isere

What’s going on in a busy few days for GB Snowsport?Here’s the full programme…

Park & Pipe

World Cup Halfpipe – Copper, Colorado (US) – 11th – 14th December 2019:

This annual halfpipe competition brings the best athletes in the world to debut their latest tricks for the first time in the US each season.

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Zoe Atkin
  • Connie Brogden

World Cup Big Air – Beijing (China) – 12th – 14th December 2019:

It is a unique event held in an abandoned area of Beijing’s industrial area bringing the best in the world together in the host city of the Games 2022.

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Matt McCormick
  • Katie Ormerod
Big Air in Beijing

Big Air in Beijing

Alpine

FIS Europa Cup – St. Moritz (Switzerland) – 10th & 11th December 2019:

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Cara Brown (Super G)

FIS World Cup – St. Moritz (Switzerland) – 14th & 15th December 2019:

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Cara Brown (Super G)
  • Alex Tilley (PSL)
  • Charlie Guest (PSL)

St. Moritz has hosted five alpine ski world championships: 1934, 1948, 1974, 2003 and 2017. The unique alpine surroundings of the Engadin featured the world´s top athletes competing for medals and honours.

FIS World Cup – Val d’Isere (France) – 14th & 15th December 2019:

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Charlie Raposo (Giant Slalom)
  • Dave Ryding (Slalom)
  • Laurie Taylor (Slalom)

FIS Europa Cup – Val di Fassa (Italy) – 16th December 2019:

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Laurie Taylor (Slalom)
  • Robert Poth (Slalom)

Cross-Country

FIS World Cup – Davos (Switzerland) – 14th & 15th December 2019:

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Andrew Musgrave
  • Andrew Young
  • James Clugnet

Moguls & Dual Moguls

FIS World Cup – Thaiwoo (China) – 15th & 16th December

GB Competing Athletes:

  • Mateo Jeannesson
  • Will Feneley
  • Max Willis
  • Thomas Gerken Schofield
  • Leonie Gerken Schofield
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield
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