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GB Alpine Squads Announced for 20/21 Season

GB Snowsport has named its World Cup and Europa Cup Alpine Ski Team for next season which will mark the start of Olympic qualification.

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There will be 4 in the World Cup team and 10 in the Europa Cup team.

Slalom specialist Dave Ryding (33, Lancashire) will be chasing qualification for his 4th Olympic Games and competing in his 11th season in World Cup Alpine Skiing.

Ryding finished the 2019/20 season 13th in the World Cup Slalom standings making it 4 years in a row that he has finished the season in the top 15 in the world.

Laurie Taylor (24, Basingstoke) joins Ryding in the squad and will be competing in World Cup events for the 5th season in a row.

Taylor competed in PyeongChang for Team GB and has become a regular on the World Cup circuit.

He showed his potential by finishing 24th in a strong field at the Kitzbühel World Cup earlier this season.

Dave Ryding & Laurie Taylor

Dave Ryding & Laurie Taylor

Alex Tilley (26, Aberdeenshire) will again be one to watch for the 2020/21 season alongside teammate Charlie Guest (26, Perthshire).

Tilley and Guest will be looking to qualify for their fourth Olympic Games in Beijing 2022 and complete the World Cup squads alongside Ryding and Taylor.

Guest goes into the season in good form after winning her second Europa Cup event last season in Hasliberg and securing two other Europa Cup podium finishes.

Charlie Guest - 3rd Europa Cup December 2019

Charlie Guest

4 GB alpine Olympians

Alex Tilley, Laurie Taylor, Charlie Guest & Dave Ryding at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Ten athletes will complete the Europa Cup team with eight in the men’s squad and two in the women’s category.

Giant Slalom specialist Charlie Raposo (24, London) heads up the men’s squad alongside Billy Major (23, Essex), Roy Steudle (26, Berkshire), former Youth Olympic Team GB star Rob Poth (22, Potters Bar), brothers Owen (18) and Zak (21) Vinter (Glasgow) and the experienced Jack Gower (25, Chichester).

The men’s squad will be completed by FIS Squad graduate Leo Karavasili (20, Chester) who impressed selectors last season.

Leo Karavisili, British Junior Champ u18 Super G, Tignes March 2017

Leo Karavasili – photo Vanessa Fry photography

The women’s Europa Cup squad is made up of Cara Brown (26, London) whose 2019/20 season was hampered by an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury sustained in January.

Joining Brown will be Europa Cup debutant Reece Bell (18, Colorado USA) who will be hoping to make an impact in her first season of skiing at this level having competed well in the Continental Cup in the US.

Reece is the daughter of GB former ski racer, Martin Bell.

Reece Bell - the next geration

Reece Bell – photo Mike Coil Photography

“We are delighted to name a really strong squad for the 20/21 season across both World Cup and Europa Cup events,” said GB Snowsport CEO Vicky Gosling.

“This is a really crucial season as athletes look to secure qualification for the Beijing 2022 games and we are hopeful that the squad we have selected, aided by our outstanding coaching staff, can deliver great results.”

The International Ski Federation (FIS) are due to announce the dates for the Alpine season this month.

The Alpine FIS Squads will be announced before the 31st May 2020.

Men’s World Cup Squad

Dave Ryding

Laurie Taylor

Women’s World Cup Squad

Alex Tilley

Charlie Guest

Men’s Europa Cup Squad

Billy Major

Charlie Raposo

Rob Poth

Roy Steudle

Jack Gower

Zak Vinter

Leo Karavasili (moved up from FIS squad)

Owen Vinter (moved up from FIS squad)

Women’s Europa Cup Squad

Cara Brown

Reece Bell

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