GB Cross Country Ski Squad Announced
13th May 2021
Last modified on May 22nd, 2021
GB Snowsport have named 12 skiers in their line-up for the 2021-2022 season. It’s headed by Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and James Clugnet, who form the men’s Elite Squad.
Despite a Covid-disrupted 2020/21 season, GB Cross Country skiers saw impressive results, boding well as they continue to prepare for the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
They included Andrew Young’s Bronze in the Sprint in Davos, and a Silver in the Dresden World Cup, the best ever result for a British Cross Country athlete.
Andrew Musgrave achieved the country’s best ever result in the Classic discipline with a 6th place finish in Ruka and three top-10 finishes at World Championships.
James Clugnet recorded an outstanding 8th place finish in the Davos World Cup Sprint Free.
“Last year was a tough one for everyone in the sport, but with so many of us achieving excellent results I think we really showed what we can do as a country,” Andrew Musgrave said.
“One of the great things about this team is that we really drive each other on, and our results show that we’re on the right track.
“My finish in Ruka and World Championships results give me something to build on, and like the rest of the squad I’m super focused on getting myself into top condition for the new season.
“We all know how big this year is for British athletes in all disciplines and, as a team, we’re raring to go!”
In addition to the Elite Squad, four athletes have been promoted, thanks to their progress over this last winter.
The Continental Cup Squad sees Gabriel Gledhill and Hamish Wolfe both move up from last season’s Performance Squad in place of the retired Nichole Bathe, while Beinn Horsfall and Joseph Rosenfeld are promoted from the Junior Squad to the Performance Squad, where they join Cameron Cruickshank and James Slimon.
Ida Ewald is a new addition to the Junior Squad, joining returning squad members Samuel Bojarski and Tristan Marshall.
Molly Jefferies is stepping back from the squad to focus on education commitments.
The nation’s younger talent also made significant contributions, with Gabriel Gledhill, James Slimon and Hamish Wolfe all competing at the World Junior Championships/U23s in Vuokatti, Finland, in February.
Gledhill, meanwhile, was called up to the WSC as an injury reserve gaining valuable experience at the sport’s highest levels.
“We are delighted with the progress our Cross Country Squads made last year despite the very real challenges faced by all our athletes throughout the season,” said Sophie Morrison, GB Snowsport Olympic Team Manager.
“Across all four of our squads we have some really talented and committed competitors, and we’re looking forward to supporting each of them to achieve more excellent results this year.”
The 2021/22 Cross Country season begins on 26th November with the Ruka World Cup in Finland.
Elite Squad – James Clugnet, Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young
Continental Cup Squad – Gabriel Gledhill*, Hamish Wolfe*
Performance Squad – Cameron Cruickshank, Beinn Horsfall**, Joseph Rosenfeld**, James Slimon
Junior Squad – Samuel Bojarski, Ida Ewald†, Tristan Marshall
* Promoted from Performance Squad
** Promoted from Junior Squad
† New Squad Member