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The McCormick brothers, Matt and Chris, are in action for GB this weekend in the first Big Air World Cup of the winter in Europe.


 

After the season opener in Cardrona, New Zealand, in September, the action moves to Modena in Italy.

Matt McCormick will compete in the Snowboard Big Air on Saturday and his younger brother Chris in the Ski Big Air on Sunday.

The competitions will take place on the biggest ramp ever built in Italy.

They are part of the Skipass trade industry event that's celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Matt McCormick has been one of the busiest athletes on the GB Park & Pipe squad over the past two seasons, competing in 14 World Cups including five in 2017/18.

His move to the upper echelon of the sport saw him travel with the Winter Olympic team to PyeongChang as a reserve in February.

Matt McCormickMatt McCormick - photo Matt Georges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the corresponding event last year in Milan the 21-year-old was 7th in his heat and finished 19th overall.

It was just two places outside what would have been a maiden World Cup Final appearance.

He has three World Cup top-20s to his credit, including two in Big Air.

Chris, who's 20, won the national Ski Big Air and Slopestyle titles at The BRITS in Laax in Switzerland in April.

He also had his first taste of World Cup action in 2017-18 season, competing in four slopstyle events.

His best result to date is 31st place at Seiser Alm in Italy in March.

Saturday will be his first World Cup in the Big Air.

Chris McCormickChris McCormick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finals of both events will be broadcast on Eurosport UK from Saturday 5:30pm (Snowboard) and Sunday 4pm (Ski).

Meanwhile, the accolades keep coming for Paralympic ski champion Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe who have been named The Times and Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year.

The award was presented at a ceremony on Thursday night.

The PyeongChang gold medallists beat a field of Paralympic and World champions who were all victorious at this year's Commonwealth Games.

They included Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott (track cycling), Alice Tai (swimming), Sophie Hahn (athletics) and Hollie Arnold (athletics).

On Friday, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe were at Windsor Castle to be honoured by the Queen after becoming MBEs in the Birthday Honours announced this summer.

Jen Kehoe & Menna Fitzpatrick Jen Kehoe & Menna Fitzpatrick at Windsor Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Olympic bronze medalwinning freestyle skier Izzy Atkin was also nominated in the Young Sportswoman of the Year category at last night's awards ceremony.

The award went to golfer Georgia Hall, this year's British Open champion.

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