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Bronze for GB skier
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The cross country skier, Andrew Young, has come third in a World Cup event in Italy. It is an historic day for GB skiing. UPDATED

British Cross Country skier, Andrew Young, has claimed a bronze in the World Cup.

He finished third in the Freestyle Sprint in the World Cup in Toblach, Italy.

Commenting after the race, Andrew said, "A pretty amazing day. My aim for the day was to make the semi-finals, but I felt good and my skis were excellent, so making it through to the finals was actually pretty straightforward."

He continued, "In the final I made an attack around halfway which worked, but then I tired on the last hill and the other two (Pellegrino and Hamilton) came past and I ended third. I am still delighted though. It was a brilliant day and it hasn't actually sunk in yet!"

Last weekend he came 9th in a World Cup event in Davos.

On the podiumOn the podium (photo: FIS Cross Country)




















Andrew Young was born in 1992 and comes from Scotland.

He competed for Great Britain in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, finishing in 74th place in the 15 km freestyle.

In 2008 he became the youngest skier to compete in a World Cup event.

See here for a video of the historic race from Andrew Young.

We wil be updating this article shortly with further details and reaction so do check back.

andrew_young_takes_9th_in_davos_world_cup_2015_credit_fabien_mauz_500Andrew Young



















On Sunday, Annika Taylor, will go onto race in the 10km Classic, and Andrew Young along with Andrew Musgrave will be back in action in the 15km Classic.

Over in Hochfilzen, British Nordic Elite Squad athlete Callum Smith will be joined by Performance Squad athlete Fiona Hughes and other members of the Senior and Youth Squads for the OPA Continental Cup and Junior races.

Elsewhere other British athletes are in action with Lloyd Wallace returning to Bird's Nest in Beijing for Aerials World Cup.

While Emily Sarsfield is back to competition in Val Thorens and there is Alpine and Cross Country World Cup action.

British Aerials Team

This weekend sees British Aerials skier Lloyd Wallace tackle his first World Cup of the season on a 41 metre-tall scaffolding structure in the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

The action takes place on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, with Lloyd looking to make his mark on the World Cup circuit.

Delancey British Alpine Team

In Alpine, Alex Tilley will race this Sunday in the World Cup Giant Slalom in Courchevel, France where she is looking to secure a World Cup finish.

For the men, Dave Ryding, who clinched his best ever World Cup finish last week with 12th in the Val d'Isere Slalom, will now move over to Madonna di Campiglio to see if he can better his latest World Cup result on Tuesday 22nd December.

See here for our report on his 12th place finish last weekend.

British Ski Cross

Emily Sarsfield returned to competition this week in the Ski Cross Europa Cup in Val Thorens, France.

After qualifying for finals on Thursday, she was first out of the start gate in her quarter-final, but unfortunately fell in the latter part of the course.

She hopes to go on to race in the Europa Cup on Friday and again in Saturday's FIS race where she will be joined by Isobel Brown, Matthew Ray and Sam Gerrett.

emily_sarsfield_credit_dan_smye_rumsbyEmily Sarsfield















GB Park and Pipe

After impressive performances from the GB Park and Pipe team at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, including good runs from James Woods and Katie Ormerod - who landed her first ever Cab 900 in competition - the GB Park and Pipe team will now concentrate on training in Colorado in the lead up to Christmas.

British Snowboard Cross

This weekend's Snowboard Cross World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo has been cancelled and replaced with a Snowboard Parallel Slalom, meaning Zoe Gillings-Brier will get an extended Christmas holiday and longer to prepare for the next World Cup in Feldberg in January.

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