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James Woods takes top spot on the podium while team mate Katie Ormerod grabs bronze. It follows success from the other GB snowsports athletes at the Slopestyle World Cup in Seiseralm in Italy that ends with three Brits in top 10. NEW & UPDATED

X-Games in Aspen:

Katie Ormerod, James 'Woodsy' Woods, and Izzy Atkin are in Aspen, USA representing GB Park and Pipe at the X Games.

Hopes were high and they delivered.

James Woods has fulfilled a dream and taken Gold in the Men's Big Air competition.

The X Games is the most prestigious of all the freestyle events and sees the best of the best compete.


Woodsy's runs below:


Here's the video of the Men's Big Air Final below, the full edit.

An X Games gold has been one of Woodsy's goals for a long time, after taking bronze in X Games Ski Slopestyle back in 2013.

"I can't explain how much this guy deserved that Xgames Gold medal last night! the hard work and dedication he puts in is unreal and it was always going to happen. feeling very honoured to have shared the crazy journey. a childhood dream ticked off," said coach, Pat Sharples.

Woodsy and Pat celebrateWoodsy and Pat celebrate













It was great news for 19-year-old Katie Ormerod on Saturday night too. 

She won the bronze in the Snowboard Slopestyle

"I'm super happy to get my 1st X Games medal," Ormerod said.  "It's always been on my bucket list to medal here so I couldn't be happier! Especially to medal in the most high profile event of the season in such a tough and progressive field of riders."

And here's the run that won her bronze, and to quote the X-Games twitter post, "Katie Ormerod is causin’ earthquakes!



Wey hey! Wey hey!













In the meantime, here's Woodsy giving us a preview of the X-Games Slopestyle course:

 Woodsy and Ormerod have been up against the world's best with Izzy Atkin first alternate for women's Ski Slopestyle.

X-Games drop inX-Games drop in













Woodsy was the top qualifier in Men’s Ski Slopestyle with a fantastic run.. shown in the video below.

But he came 4th overall in the final, just missing out on a podium position.

A mistake on the rails cost him.

The next film clip below shows Woodsy's first run of the event.


Katie Ormerod finished in 5th place in the Snowboard Big Air with this run. She was not in the original line-up for the Big Air and was only competing after being bumped up as the first alternate.

 Woodsy - World Cup, Font RomeuWoodsy - World Cup, Font Romeu















GB Park and Pipe UPDATE

Jamie Nicholls seals World Cup Slopestyle podium in Italy.

GB Park and Pipe snowboarder Jamie Nicholls has taken second in the World Cup Slopestyle in Seiseralm on Friday.

This follows his World Cup Slopestyle win last season in the Czech Republic.

Nicholls aged 23, said after his podium finish: "I can't believe I made it on the podium today in Italy. It's been a tough couple of weeks with a little injury, but today was a good day in the office!! I can't wait for the next few weeks."

Billy Morgan narrowly missed out on a podium finish, having to settle with fourth.

And teammate Rowan Coultas claimed seventh.

Matt McCormick unfortunately just missed out on final finishing 11th in his heat.

In the women's competition, Aimee Fuller put in a great performance to qualify in 2nd place in her heat.  She then gave a solid run in the final to finish in 5th position overall.

Official ranking in SeiseralmOfficial ranking in Seiseralm













Jamie Nicholls - World Cup Slopestyle in Seiseralm, ItalyJamie Nicholls Podium - World Cup Slopestyle in Seiseralm, Italy (GBPark&Pipe)


















Jamie Nicholls Slopestyle World Cup 2017Jamie Nicholls takes Silver - Slopestyle World Cup in Sieseralm, Italy (GBPark&Pipe)




















Matt McCormick, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Billy MorganMatt McCormick, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan
















Photo credit: Euan Baxter

Aimee Fuller in actionAimee Fuller




















In the Ski Slopestyle World Cup, also in Seiseralm, Italy, Katie Summerhayes finished 8th in her qualifier, making it through to the finals where she finished 4th overall.  Madi Rowlands missed out on the finals but placed in a solid 13th.  

Madi Rowlands and Katie SummerhayesMadi Rowlands and Katie Summerhayes




















Delancey British Alpine Team

After a busy week for Dave Ryding both on and off the snow following his historic 2nd place finish in Kitzbuehel and 10th place in the Schladming Slalom World Cup.

He will next race at the Parallel Slalom World Cup in Stockholm next Tuesday, 31st January.

Read in more detail of Dave Ryding's success here.

Alex Tilley had another frustrating World Cup GS race on Tuesday, unfortunately just missing out on qualification for run two in Kronzplatz.

Alex TilleyAlex Tilley




















British Nordic

Fern Cates, James Clugnet and Duncan Gibb will be the trio of representatives for British Nordic at the at the Nordic World U23 and Junior Championships in Park City, Utah.

They will be joined by British ski jumping twins Jake and Robert Lock.

The Championships begin on Monday 30th January.

British Telemark

In a busy period for the British Telemark team, Jasmin Taylor and Louis Hatchwell travel to Krvavec in Slovenia for the next Telemark World Cup which begins on Friday 27th January.

This follows Taylor's World Cup podium finish in La Thuile last week.

Jazmin on the podium last week in La ThuileJasmin on the podium last week in La Thuile















World University Games

Recognised as the second largest multi-sport Games in the world after the Olympics, the Winter University Games, or Winter Universiade, begins this Sunday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Ten British Ski and Snowboard athletes will be competing in the Games, including Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athletes Alice MacAulay and Alex Barounos, British Moguls skiers Liam Keyes, Sam Jones and Elodie Wallace.

Elodie will also feature in the Aerials competition.

Calum Paton will compete in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Laurence Willows will compete in the Ski Cross, whilst Douglas Green, Rob Wagner and Gillian Finnerty will compete in the Snowboard Cross.

British Ski and Snowboard Cross

This weekend sees British Snowboard Cross athletes Kyle Wise and Murray Koller compete in the Snowboard Cross Europa Cup in Grasgehren, Germany.

British Moguls Team

Four British Moguls athletes will compete in the Moguls Europa Cup in Albiez, France.

Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Will Feneley, will all be taking on their first Europa Cup of the season.

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