GB Alpine Squad for Next Season – Can They Deliver?
17th June 2022
Last modified on June 21st, 2022
GB Snowsport has confirmed the 42-athlete Alpine squad which will represent Britain for the 2022/23 season. The athletes are hoping to build on the successes of last season that saw GB win a World Cup for the first time.
Dave Ryding, Charlie Guest, Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Laurie Taylor and Alex Tilley are all once again named in the nation’s World Cup squad.
It comes off the back of a season which saw career-best World Cup results for Guest, Major, Raposo, Tilley, and Ryding.
The squad will be looking to build on Britain’s growing performance.
The new season will mark the first time that Britain enters the season with a defending Alpine Men’s World Cup winner in its ranks.
It follows Ryding’s victory at Kitzbuehel in January.
We reported on his victory at the time.
And we caught up with Dave for an extended video interview after he took another podium place in Garmisch- Partenkirchen later in the season.
See here for our full report:
See here for a look back at his career:
Charlie Guest will be looking to build on an impressive season, with the highlight a 13th place finish in Schladming in January.
Charlie Raposo will aim to continue the impressive late-season form which saw him pick up World Cup points in back-to-back Giant Slalom World Cup races in Kranjska Gora in March.
Alex Tilley, whose season was marked by an astonishing recovery from injury to secure her place at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, will hope for a repeat of her exceptional beginning to the 2021/22 season which saw her take 13th place in Giant Slalom at Soelden World Cup last October.
Billy Major and Laurie Taylor meanwhile, will look to secure more high-profile finishes having taken two Europa Cup (Major) and one National Championships (Taylor) podiums last season, with each also securing top-30 World Cup finishes.
In the Europa Cup squad, Victoria Palla is promoted from the FIS squad ranks after an impressive season which saw her take 11 podiums, including two victories, at FIS, National Championships, National Junior Championships, and National Junior Race levels.
She joins Reece Bell who is working her way back from injury having made her World Cup debut last season.
Rob Poth, Roy-Alexander Steudle and Owen Vinter make up the rest of the Europa Cup squad.
- Poth took victory at the FIS Slalom race in Rogla in March
- Steudle securing three podiums including two victories at the GB Alpine Championships in Tignes
- Vinter securing six podiums in March and April at National Championships and National Junior Championships level, including two victories at the GB Alpine Championships.
The FIS squad will see 31 further athletes representing the country, with eight 2005 born athletes securing squad places for the first time.
They include George Black, Candice Bomberg, Charlotte Holmes and Kieran Woolley who all secured podium finishes at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships earlier this year.
DAVE RYDING SAID:
“Coming off the back of last season’s results, and particularly Kitzbuehel, I’m going into this season hungrier for success than ever before. Knowing I’ll be out there training and competing alongside the same team members as the past 12 months is a huge bonus; Billy, Laurie and I bring the best out of one another in training and on the slopes, and we all feel stronger athletes for being part of such a talented squad of skiers.
“After getting my first World Cup win it has given me the confidence to believe that there is even more possible in the future!”
CHARLIE GUEST SAID:
“I’m really proud of how I skied last season, and I’m delighted to be back in the World Cup squad again and pushing for more. We’ve got a great set-up around us and some really promising athletes coming through the ranks, which makes this such an exciting time for British Alpine skiing.”
GB SNOWSPORT ALPINE DIRECTOR, PAUL TRAYNER, SAID:
“All 42 athletes named in this season’s Alpine squad are here on merit, and because they represent the present and the future of Britain’s Alpine skiing hopes. Last year, every one of our World Cup athletes had a sensational season, and the athletes in the Europa Cup and FIS squads have got a real benchmark to reach with the performances those guys are delivering.
“Britain’s reputation on the Alpine circuit is higher than it’s ever been in modern snowsport history, and this squad is the best group of athletes to take it to new heights. Every single one of them, and the coaches, support staff, and academies that have supported their journeys so far, deserve enormous credit and warm congratulations.”
WORLD CUP SQUAD
Charlie Guest (W)
Billy Major (M)
Charlie Raposo (M)
Dave Ryding (M)
Laurie Taylor (M)
Alex Tilley (W)
EUROPA CUP SQUAD
Reece Bell (W)
Victoria Palla (W)
Rob Poth (M)
Roy-Alexander Steudle (M)
Owen Vinter (M)
Jess Anderson (W)
Honor Bartlett (W)
Elliott Bennett (M)
George Black (M)
Candice Bomberg (W)
Abi Bruce (W)
Thomas Butterworth (M)
Luca Carrick-Smith (M)
Toby Case (M)
Honor Clissold (W)
Jack Cunningham (M)
Daisi Daniels (W)
Alexa Elliff (W)
Lucas Ellis (M)
Giselle Gorringe (W)
Ed Guigonnet (M)
Charlotte Holmes (W)
Rob Holmes (M)
Jack Irving (M)
Lois Jackson (W)
Toby Jennings (M)
Leo Karavasili (M)
Calum Langmuir (M)
Max Laughland (M)
Dominic Shackleton (M)
Ted Slade (M)
Aidan Urquhart (M)
Isla Ward (W)
Sarah Woodward (W)
Kieran Woolley (M)
Nicole Wordley (W)