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Andrew Musgrave has recorded Britain's best-ever Nordic skiing result with a 4th place at the World Cross Country Skiing Championships. It follows an historic World Cup win for Izzy Atkin in Ski Slopestyle in a great few days for GB. NEW

Musgrave was just 1.5 seconds away from making the podium in the 50km freestyle event at the Championships in Lahti, Finland on Sunday. 

In the gruelling event, he finished ahead of every Norweigan and Swedish skier in the race.

50km resultsLooking good for GB







It's a superb result for the Scot and came a day before his 27th birthday.  His previous best result was sixth place in a World Cup 15km.

He'd already had two impressive results earlier in the Championships, finishing 11th in the 30km skiathlon and 12th in the 15km Classic.

The British Nordic Ski Team posted this video of the exciting end of the 50km race.


"I am pretty happy, it was a good race, but at the same time I am a little bit disappointed that I didn't have a stronger finish and get onto the podium, Musgrave said.

"I have got stronger in every race I have done and I have never done so well in a 50km so it is awesome. I have a lot of confidence going into the next World Cup and hopefully I can pull out a few more good races."

For more, listen to this post-race interview.


The Norweigan media had a bit of fun with the fact that all their skiers had been beaten by a Brit, although this post was firmly tongue-in-cheek.

Norweigans beaten by BritScandalous!




















They like Musgrave in Norway, really.  He lives in the country and is a proficient Norweigan speaker.   Have a listen to him in this interview from yesterday with the Norweigan newspaper Dagbladet.


Musgrave's team mate Callum Smith finished in 53rd place in the 50km. In the Ladies' 30km Free Mass start, Annika Taylor finished m 38th place in the final event of her World Championships.

British Nordic team in LahtiThe team in Lahti - photo British Nordic Ski Team
















Musgrave's 4th place in Finland came two days after 18-year-old freestyle skier Izzy Atkin made history by becoming the first Brit to win a World Cup in the Ski Slopestyle discipline, at Silvaplana in Switzerland. See here for our earlier report on her achievement.

Here's the news on the rest of the GB sporting action.

GB Park & Pipe

The result of the week was Izzy Atkin's victory in the Ski Slopestyle at the World Cup in Switzerland (see above).

The halfpipe skiers were in action at the Ski Halfpipe World Cup in Tignes, France. After battling snowy conditions, Rowan Cheshire had the best result, putting down an impressive run to claim 10th position. Molly Summerhayes finished 21st.   For the men, Murray Buchan was 19th and Pete Speight 26th.

James 'Woodsy' Woods is in Norway for the European edition of the X Games. Woodsy will compete in Ski Big Air and Slopestyle, and look to challenge the world's best, following his X Games Gold medal in the Big Air and 4th place in Slopestyle at the US X Games in Aspen.

Slopestyle qualification is on Wednesday evening with finals on Thursday. Big Air qualification is Friday with finals on Saturday.

Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships

This week sees the action start at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

First up for British Ski and Snowboard is the Moguls on Wednesday with Makayla Gerken-Schofield and Leonie Gerken-Schofield.  On Thursday Lloyd Wallace will compete in Aerials qualification, with finals on Saturday. Wallace comes to the Championships from the World Cup in Moscow where he competed last weekend.  He finished 23rd, unfortunately not making it through to the finals.

Qualification in the Snowboard Slopestyle also begins on Thursday, with finals on Saturday. In action for GB Park Pipe will be Katie Ormerod, Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas, Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick.

The GB Park and Pipe skiers and Ski and Snowboard Cross athletes are in action next week. Zoe Gillings-Brier will compete in the Snowboard Cross after finishing 21st in qualification at the World Cup in La Molina, Spain at the weekend. She will be joined by Maisie Potter.

Action from the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships can be seen on the BBC red button and website as well as on Eurosport.

Delancey British Alpine Team

Dave Ryding didn't have the finish he was looking for at the Slalom World Cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Sunday.  After looking strong out of the start, he unfortunately straddled a gate.  It was the first time this season that he's failed to finish a race. Ryding's team mate Laurie Taylor made his World Cup debut in the same race, finishing in a solid 55th place on run one, but not making the cut for the second run.

British Telemark

Jasper Taylor had a storming race at the World Junior Championships in Rjukan in Norway at the weekend, claiming  a spot on the podium for Great Britain as he took second place in the Parallel Sprint.

Jasper Taylor 2ndJasper Taylor 2nd in parallel sprint - photo GB Telemark Facebook




















The other World Junior Championships results were:

Naila Cardwell: 14th (Classic), 13th (Sprint), 9th (Parallel Sprint)

Jasper Taylor: 29th (CL), 15th (SP), 2nd (PS)

Sion Bingham: 26th (CL), 23rd (SP), 17th (PS)

Alec Dixon: 27th (CL), 28th (SP), 17th (PS)

Colin Dixon: 30th (CL), 25th (SP), 17th (PS)

In the World Cup Parallel Sprint on Friday Jasmin Taylor claimed another great result, finishing in fourth place. For the men, Louis Hatchwell took 36th place with Sion Bingham in 41st and Colin Dixon in 43rd place.

British Speed Skiing

Jan Farrell competes this week for Great Britain in Sun Peaks, Canada, at the Speed Skiing World Cup. There are three races, with the first one on Monday, followed by one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.  See our separate story on Jan Farrell here.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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