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Six podium finishes for GB Park and Pipe and a 15th place finish in World Cup finals for alpine skier, Dave Ryding. It was quite a weekend for British Snowsports! UPDATED

The  GB Park and Pipe riders have outdone themselves at the FIS World Cup at Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic.

GB Park and Pipe athletes have had a phenomenal week, claiming podiums left, right and centre.

In Sunday's FIS World Cup Snowboard Slopestyle in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic, Jamie Nicholls claimed his first World Cup podium and first World Cup win in the men's competition.

Billy Morgan finished third.

And in the ladies competition Katie Ormerod finished second to claim yet another podium.

"I am so happy to finally win a World Cup. It's a first for me to get on a World Cup podium and I am just so pleased with how today went. I felt great all day and I was really happy with the run I put down. It has been a great day," said Jamie after his victory.

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He was up against 46 of the world's best snowboarders.

The slopestyle snowboarding course featured 4 rails and a jump.

His winning run included a Cab 180 Spin with a Back 360 Spin off the 1st rail, a Frontside 180 Spin to Cab 360 Spin off the 2nd rail, a Switch Boardslide 450 Spin off the 3rd rail and on the 4th rail, a Back 270 Spin to Boardslide, finishing with a Backside 1260 Spin on the jump.

"Yeaaaahhh! Just WON the World Cup Slopestyle in Czech. Pretty happy with this one," said Jamie on Facebook.

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Rowan Coultas finished in 8th to top out a good showing by the slopestyle snowboarders.

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This followed some world class riding from GB Park and Pipe athletes at the Spring Battle in Flachau, where the team secured three more podiums.

Billy Morgan was top of the pile in the men's snowboard competition, with Jamie Nicholls clinching fourth.

For the men, Katie Ormerod finished in second with Aimee Fuller just behind her in third.
The domination of the World Cup and Spring Battle came straight after Izzy Atkins' 2nd place and James 'Woodsy' Woods came 3rd in the AFP World Tour event in La Clusaz on Friday.

Much of the attention, not to say the money, may be on the GB's Park and Pipe skiers and snowboarders but the alpine skier, Dave Ryding, is amoung the best in the world.

He proved it again at the weekend with a Top 15 place at the World Cup in St Moritz.

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Dave has had a great season with several Top 15 placings as we have reported.

Here are his runs in St Moritz today (Sunday) set to appropriate music :-)

"Just watched Dave Ryding in the slalom World Cup finals in St Moritz. Currently in 14th! Incredible skiing, gave me goosebumps watching. Dave you truly belong up there with the Worlds best! Keep believing!" said the former GB Olympic skier, Emma Carrick-Anderson, after his first run.

He matched the performance in his second run and clocked 52.68.

His first run was 52.62 and he was in 14th place at that point.

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The 15th place earns him 16 valuable FIS points.

The result cements Ryding as one of the world's top 15 Slalom skiers and completes a fantastic World Cup season, which included a World Cup Slalom 12th place finish in Val d'Isere and a 13th in Santa Caterina.

Ryding will now race in the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships which in now underway in Tignes.

"I believed I could get into the top 15. I have been skiing well and I knew I could do it and I am just over the moon.  Both courses were high speed but really fun to ski. I knew they were both courses where I had to just let things go," he said after the race.

"The Delancey British Champs will be my last competition of the season and then it will be a full summer of training. I am not going to worry about what everyone else is doing and just concentrate on my own performance and condition."

"If you had told me I would get top 15 in the World Cup Finals before the start of the season I definitely would have taken it. I have achieved my goals for the season and for me it is definitely 'job done' in terms of the World Cup. I now hope I can round it off with a win at the Delancey British Champs and finish on a high."

The race was won by Andre Myhrer from Sweden with the Austrian, Marcel Hirscher, in second place and the Norwegian, Sebastian Foss-Solevaag, in third position.

Dave Ryding should receive more funding for next year to help him reach the Top Ten and then the podium.

He has the potential.


Elsewhere the GB snowsports action continues.

Alpine Skiing

The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships kicked off at the weekend with the National Championships and National Junior Championships Super G.

Alex Tilley took the National Title, with Under 18 athlete Jess Anderson claiming the NJC Title.

"I didn't really know what to expect going in to today. I really enjoy Super-G but I don't do much of it, so it was a little bit of a case of 'see what happens'. But I trained a couple of days for it and was happy with the speed I was carrying, so pleased to get the job done today," said Alex after her victory.

For the men, Billy Major showed off his Super G capabilities to take the title of National Champion, with Paul Henderson putting in a phenomenal run to take the NJC Title.

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Photos from Tignes c/o Vanessa Fry Photography

Action continues with Downhill Training today (Monday).

British Telemark

British Telemarker, Jaz Taylor, followed her fantastic second place in the Sprint race at the Telemark World Cup in Murren, with a 5th place in the Ladies Parallel Sprint.

Alistair Cruz-Mermy and Louis Hatchwell were the fastest Brit in the Men's Parallel Sprint, both finishing in 17th place .
British Ski Cross

This week sees six young British athletes competing at the World Junior Ski Cross Championships in Val Thorens.

English Ski Cross Team members Luke Feneley, Will Wheeler, Laurence Willows, Emma Peters and Isobel Brown are joined by Scottish ski cross racer Scott Garvie, tackling qualifiers on Wednesday and hopefully finals on Thursday.

The team is supported by TASS for the World Junior Champs.

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