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The Freestyle Junior World Championships at Cardrona have delivered 12 top 10s for the Brits, including two medals. We have the latest results. UPDATED

PlanetSKI has been slopeside at the Winter Games NZ and watching the action in Cardrona.

We've been keeping a close eye on the progress of Britain's youngsters from afar, now we've moved on in our RV tour of New Zealand:

Tuesday 4th September:

More top 10s for the British skiers today, this time in the halfpipe.

In the last event of these games for the GB contingent, three made the finals and two finished in the top 10.

Zoe Atkin was 7th in the women's event.

Sam Ward was 8th in the men's, while his teammate Sam Gaskin just missed out on the top 10, finishing 11th.

Sam Gaskin, Sam Ward, Zoe AtkinL-R Gaskin, Ward, Atkin - photo GB Park & Pipe

Kirsty Muir and Connie Brogden had narrowly failed to make it into the finals.

The results left GB fourth in the table at the championships.

Friday 31st:

Two of Britain's young skiing stars have finished the slopestyle event in the top 10.

Kirsty Muir and Connie Brogden had to endure two days of weather-related postponements to their competition before the event finally got under way today.

Muir (7th) and Brogden (8th) did enough in their 2-run heat to qualify inside the top half of the field and earn a place in Friday afternoon's final.

They were unable to improve on their qualification positions in the 3-run final.

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It's Muir's second top 10 of the week after finishing just off the podium in fourth in big air.

Great Britain now has seven top 10 results in Cardrona including two medals in ski cross (see below).

On Thursday heats took place in male ski slopestyle qualifying however none of the four British skiers made it through to today's final with Jasper Klein (21st) and Tom Greenway (22nd) finishing with the best results.

The final British action at the Championships will be on Saturday in the ski halfpipe.

Monday 27th:

Great Britain has a new junior world champion and a bronze medallist.

Both medals came in the Ski Cross events with Ollie Davies taking the men's title and Elliane Hall finishing third in the women's final.

Ski cross men's final WJC Cardrona 2018Ollie Davies leads in the final - photo FIS

For more details, see our separate story from Cardrona:
Sunday 26th:

Sadly it wasn't to be for GB's 14-year old Kirsty Muir as she narrowly missed out on a podium place in the women's ski Big Air final.

She came 4th.

Here is her final run from our vantage point slopeside.

And ahead of the run she had final words from her coach, Joe Tyler, as she prepared to enter the start gate at Cardrona.

Last words of adviceLast words of advice

Kirsty was the youngest athlete in the final and there are more events to come for her:

Go girl!Go girl!

We loved watching the event, despite Kirsty not doing as well as she hoped.

PlanetSKI watches the actionPlanetSKI watches the action

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And our editor, James Cove, met up with the head coach of GB Park and Pipe, Pat Sharples.

The two had a long and fascinating conversation about the future of Team GB as it aims to become a force to be reckoned with in snowsports.

More of that in a later article.

Pat and JamesPat and James

"Kirsty has huge potential as indeed do so many others of our young snowsports athletes," said Pat.

Two of the stars of GB snowsports will be in action at the Winter Games next week - James 'Woodsy' Woods and Katie Summerhayes.

Need some facts about the Winter Games?
  • The Winter Games NZ is one of the world's top five international winter sports events.
  • 926 of the best athletes in the world will be competing in 17 winter sports over 16 days across 6 locations in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.
  • The Winter Games NZ is proud to attract 6 out of the top 10 athletes in each World Cup discipline featured at the Games.
  • The Winter Games is the biggest snow sports event in the Southern Hemisphere and New Zealand's largest recurring sports event.
  • The centrepiece of the 2018 Winter Games NZ is the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2018.
  • The Winter Games NZ has Freestyle skiing and Snowboarding disciplines, Freeride, Alpine Ski racing and Cross Country within it's snow based calendar and Curling and Ice Hockey on ice.
"We of course want to support sportingn competition, but it also drives visitors to the resort of Cardrona at this time of year as the season draws to a close," said the general manager of Cardrona, Bridget Legnavsky.

"What is unual for an event of this calibre is the way the athletes are not sealed off from the fans and mix with them," she added.

It was the element I liked too.

Bumping in to Kirsty Muir with her coach and other athletes in the Day Lodge.

James, Kirsty and JoeJames, Kirsty and Joe

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And the fans having great vantage points close to the action.

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And the rock has a name too:

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Others took a more conventional position:

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Here on PlanetSKI we will be bringing you a full length feature about Cardrona later on Monday do check back for that if you want to find out about the skiing and snowboarding.

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Saturday 25th:

Fourteen-year-old freestyle skier Kirsty Muir will have to wait another day for her chance at glory at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.

High winds in Cardrona forced the postponement of today's big air finals.

PlanetSKI will be there tomorrow to watch all the action.

Friday 24th:

There were some strong performances at World Juniors from the British lads in ski big air today.

Jasper Klein was unlucky to finish one place outside the finals in 13th overall, but three top 20 performances was a decent way to start the Champs.

Let the competition beginLet the competition begin

And here at PlanetSKI I'm pleased to say we'll be slopeside watching all the action over the weekend and cheering on our GB riders.


Because by chance we're on a two week ski road trip in New Zealand and have diverted our route to give the GB athletes some support - and, of course, keep PlanetSKI readers up to date on all the action.

See here for our feature as we arrive in NZ:
The conditions are warm here for the time of year, but Spring is approaching after all.

Thursday 23rd

14-year-old Kirsty Muir is fresh from two third places in slopestyle and halfpipe at last week's New Zealand Open and returns to Cardrona this week looking for a strong result in all 3 disciplines.

Muir recently won a scholarship to Momentum's summer freeski camp in Whistler and reported on the experience a a series of blogs for PlanetSKI:
Muir won the ski big air at The Brits in April and does not need to compete on Friday with the female big air being contested as a straight final on Saturday.

It should be quite a spectacle here on the slopes of New Zealand.

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir at The BRITS 2018

A total of 4 British skiers will feature in male big air qualifying: Jasper and Felix Klein, Tom Greenway and Sam Ward.

Ward, 18, made his World Cup debut in halfpipe earlier this year and last week was victorious in the New Zealand Open in the same discipline.

Like us, he favours New Zealand.

He comes into this competition with confidence from that win as well as a third place finish in big air at The Brits earlier this year.

17-year-old Greenway scored a sixth-place finish at his first-ever Europa Cup big air competition in February.

He is at his second World Juniors having finished as the second-ranked Brit in slopestyle at last year's event in Italy.

Tom GreenwayTom Greenway - photo Samuel McMahon/Intersport

Felix Klein, 18, earned a top five finish at a Europa Cup big air competition in March, going on to make his slopestyle World Cup debut later that month.

Last week he was 7th in slopestyle at the New Zealand Open in a strong event featuring a number of Olympians from Pyeongchang.

Felix is making his first appearance at the World Junior Championships alongside younger brother Jasper.

The 16-year-old earned a top 20 result at a FIS big air event in Switzerland earlier this year and was also the second-ranked under-16 skier in The Brits big air competition in April.

All 5 skiers will also compete in slopestyle in Cardrona with Muir and Ward taking on the halfpipe as well.

As we said PlanetSKI has just arrived in NZ on a 2-week trip road trip in the mountains before heading off to Australia for a month.

Via skiing earlier in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.


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