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The 18-year-old British freestyle skier has won the World Cup Ski Slopestyle at Silvaplana, Switzerland. She's the first British woman ever to win a Ski Slopestyle World Cup. NEW & UPDATED

Izzy Atkin was the only member of the GB Park & Pipe team to make it through to the finals at Silvaplana, finishing in 4th in qualifying on Thursday.

On Friday in the finals, she pulled out all the stops, taking the top spot.

It is her first World Cup podium - not just her first win - and it's the first ever victory by a British woman in the Ski Slopestyle discipline. 

Atkin scored 88.40 points ahead of Sweden's Emma Dahlstrom with 86 points in second place and Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland, who came third with 80.20 points.

"I am absolutely stoked with how I skied today," she said.

"The weather was perfect and the course was amazing. I couldn't be happier!

"I want to say a huge thanks to all the coaches, support staff, GB Park and Pipe and British Ski and Snowboard."

Atkin is now 4th in the Slopestyle World Cup standings.

The win will give the young skier a boost ahead of the Freestyle World Championships which take place in Spain's Sierra Nevada next week.  

Izzy AtkinIzzy Atkin - photo Team GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izzy AtkinWinner's interview - photo GB Park & Pipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atkin, who was born in the USA and lives in Park City, Utah, has been identified as a rising young star in the GB Park & Pipe elite squad and a great prospect for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018.

She has had several Top 10 finishes in World Cup competition and before this event had been gradually been getting closer to the podium.

She had a 6th place finish in the Slopestyle in Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees in January and was 5th in the Quebec Big Air last month.

Away from World Cup events, she took the silver in the SFR Freestyle Tour in La Clusaz, France in January 2016, and finished 4th in the same competion this year.   

Atkin will clearly be one to watch at the World Championships where she will be joined by a large contingent of her teammates, some of whom already have major titles.

Here are the details of all the action coming up and the rest of the GB results.

Freestyle World Championships

The GB Park & Pipe team has had a series of other spectacular results lately, among them James Woods' gold at the Aspen X Games and Katie Ormerod's World Cup win in the Moscow Snowboard Big Air.

Both Woodsy and Ormerod, however, had disappointments in competition this week and will be hoping to be back on form and back on the podium in Spain.

Woodsy's hiccup came at the Slopestyle World Cup Finals in Silvaplana on Thursday, when he crashed out in the qualifying round and failed to make Friday's final. 

Apart from Izzy Atkin, none of the other GB skiers made it into the finals, though there were strong performances from Katie Summerhayes, Madi Rowlands, Tyler Harding, Cal Sandieson and - in his first World Cup competition - Mike Rowlands.

Katie Ormerod could manage only 12th place at the Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado, after an unfortunate fall in her second run during qualification. The top six women progressed to the final.

The GB Park Pipe team in Sierra Nevada will be Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air.

In Ski Slopestyle the team will be Katie Summerhayes, Madi Rowlands, Izzy Atkin, James Woods, Tyler Harding, Cal Sandieson and Mike Rowlands.

And in Ski Halfpipe Rowan Cheshire, Madi Rowlands, Molly Summerhayes, Murray Buchan, Pete Speight and Alex Glavatsky-Yeadon.

The championships will also see contests in the other freestyle disciplines of Aerials, Moguls and both Ski and Snowboard Cross.

Lloyd Wallace will compete for GB in Aerials.  Zoe Gillings-Brier & Maisie Potter go in the Snowboard Cross (SBX) while Emily Sarsfield and Pamela Thorburn are in the Ski Cross. Makayla Gerken Schofield and Leonie Gerken Schofield will contest the Moguls. 

British Nordic

Andrew Musgrave put in another incredible performance at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, finishing 12th in the 15km Classic on Wednesday. This followed his 11th place finish in the Men's Skiathlon last Saturday.

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave - photo Alex Standen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musgrave's teammate Andrew Young finished 46th with Callum Smith in 57th and James Clugnet in 67th.

In the ladies 10km Classic, Annika Taylor finished in 58th position.

The action continues over the weekend.

Delancey British Alpine Team

Following a break after the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz, Dave Ryding is back in action this Sunday at the Slalom World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Ryding is joined by team mate Laurie Taylor who will be taking on his first World Cup following his impressive debut at the World Championships which saw him finish 33rd in the Slalom and 40th in the Giant Slalom.

Junior World Alpine Ski Championships

Seven members of the Delancey British Alpine Team have been selected to race for Great Britain at the Junior World Alpine Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden which run from 6th to 14th March.

Competing in both the Ladies Slalom and the GS are Yasmin Cooper, Jessica Anderson and Darcie Mead.

Laurie Taylor, Billy Major, Robert Poth and Charlie Raposo will all race in the Men's Slalom and GS, with Major also doing the Alpine Combined.  

Robert PothRobert Poth - photo Racer Ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Aerials

Following his best World Cup result of the season - a 10th place in Minsk,  and ahead of the Freestyle World Championships, Lloyd Wallace is back in action this weekend, at the Aerials World Cup in Moscow.

British Snowboard Cross

This weekend sees Zoe Gillings-Brier and Maisie Potter competing at the Snowboard Cross World Cup in La Molina, Spain.

British Telemark

Jasmin Taylor and Louis Hatchwell were in action on Wednesday and Thursday at the Telemark World Cup in Rjukan, Norway, which is doubling up to host the World Junior Telemark Championships.

Taylor finished in 4th place overall in the Classic and 9th in the Sprint.  Hatchwell was 17th in the Sprint and 24th in the Men's Classic.

In the World Junior Championships races, Naila Cardwell was 13th overall in the Sprint and 14th overall in the Classic. Sion Bingham finished as the highest Brit in the men's Classic race. He placed 26th with Alec Dixon in 27th, Jasper Taylor in 29th and Colin Dixon in 30th.  In the Sprint, Jasper Taylor had a great race finishing in 15th place with Bingham in 23rd, Colin Dixon in 25th and Alex Dixon in 28th position.

The action continues in both the World Cup and World Junior Championships.

British Speed Skiing

Jan Farrell is in action for Great Britain in Sun Peaks, Canada, at the Speed Skiing World Cup. It starts on Monday 6th March and continues until Wednesday 8th.

Jan FarrellJan Farrell - photo Victor Moscardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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