Weekend Success for GB Snowsport Athletes

Mia Brookes secures the 2023/24 season Freestyle Snowboard Big Air Crystal Globe with third place at the Copper Mountain World Cup. Andrew Musgrave wins silver in cross-country in Norway. Menna Fitzpatrick, guided by Katie Guest, takes gold & silver in the downhills in Para-alpine World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland. UPDATED

Mia’s third place finish, with a score of 155.75, gave her a third Big Air World Cup podium out of four competitions this season.

It follows a second place in Edmonton, Canada, last week and third place in Chur, Switzerland, in October.

Mia finished the competition behind Japanese riders Kokomo Murase and Mari Fukada, but crucially ahead of her closest rival for the Crystal Globe, Reira Iwabuchia Brookes.

“I’m really happy to have won the Big Air Crystal Globe – I’ve been planning on this achievement since the start of the tour this year, and to finish it off with a podium is so special,” said Mia Brookes.

“Excited for Slopestyle season to start soon after Christmas.”

Mia will return to the UK after this week’s competition in a break before the Slopestyle World Cup season begins.

She is due to find out whether she has been victorious in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, as one of a three-person shortlist for the Award.

Full result details available here.

Meanwhile Andrew Musgrave recorded a career-best World Cup finish with second place in the Trondheim Skiathlon World Cup on Saturday.

  • Musgrave’s second place finish marks a career-best World Cup result after third place finishes in Toblach in 2017 and Beitostolen in 2022, and equals Britain’s best ever Cross-Country World Cup result set by Andrew Young in 2020
  • Musgrave’s finishing time of  43:51.4 saw him finish just 0.7s behind Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo in first place
  • The result follows four previous top-10 World Cup finishes for Musgrave this season

“Today was a super good day,” said Andrew Musgrave.

” With the World Championships in Trondheim next year, this was a test event, so getting on the podium here was super good.

“I also live in Trondheim, so this was a bit of a home race for me, so it was a good place to get my podium.

“I feel in good shape, it’s still early in the season and I feel like I’ve still got plenty of good races to come.

“Now I’ve really got to try and get a victory under my belt; I need to try and catch up with Dave Ryding!”

“This has been an amazing day for us,” added the Cross-Country Team Manager, Jostein Vinjerui.

Andrew’s really showed his level this season as one of the best skiers in the world! For the whole of our team, something like this is a very important result.”

Great Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick, guided by Katie Guest, won silver in the opening downhill of the Para-alpine World Cup season in St Moritz, Switzerland.

“Today’s race was all about building confidence in speed and especially in downhill so I’m super proud of our performance,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Katie couldn’t have done a better job and I can’t wait to give it another go tomorrow.”

Then they went one better on Sunday  taking top spot.

She is Britain’s most-decorated Winter Paralympian with six medals.

“It is a great foundation to lay at the beginning of the season,” GB Para-alpine head coach Ally Brown said of Fitzpatrick’s latest achievement.

“The most exciting thing is that I know that there is much more to come from Menna and Katie.”