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James Woods and Izzy Atkin both made the podium at the Freestyle World Championships and Dave Ryding has finished his incredible World Cup season with an 8th place. NEW & UPDATED

James 'Woodsy' Woods and Izzy Atkin both took bronze in the Ski Slopestyle competition at the World Championships on Sunday, while Dave Ryding made up 12 places to finish 8th in the slalom at the World Cup Finals in Aspen Colorado.

The results were the climax of a great weekend for GB skiers with another bronze on Saturday at the World Telemark Championships.

At the Freestyle World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, Woodsy had been leading in the slopestyle with a score of 90.40 in his second run before crashing on his third and final run.

He was overtaken by the USA's McRae Williams who won gold and Gus Kenworthy who took silver.

But despite his success, Woods had some harsh words about the organisation of the event and the slopestyle course.

He told BBC Sport it had been "a shambles".

"It's been nothing short of pathetic from the organisation to the course. I'm really happy to walk away no more injured than I already am," Woodsy said.

"I'm really proud to put runs down like that and only really come a cropper because of the stupid course that wasn't built right"

Read more on the criticism and the reaction of the organisers on the BBC.

See here for our recent interview with Woodsy.

Freestyle worlds ski slopestyle podiumWoodsy on the podium - photo GB Park & Pipe
















The bronze medals show Woods and Atkin continue to be in the great form that's seen them both make history this season.

Woodsy won gold at the X Games in Aspen and followed it up with a bronze at the Oslo X Games.

Atkin became the first British woman to win a Ski Slopestyle World Cup with her victory in Silvaplana, Switzerland, earlier this month. 

It was her first podium at World Cup level and now she's followed it up with a World Championships medal.

Izzy AtkinIzzy Atkin - photo GB Park & Pipe




















She pulled a fantastic third run out of the bag to climb up the rankings and take bronze behind French skier Tess Ledeux who won the gold and Emma Dahlstrom from Sweden who claimed silver. 

Atkin said after her third place: "I am stoked with how I skied in the conditions out here and glad to put down a solid run. It is a great end to the season and I am so happy to get bronze at my first World Champs! Thanks to Pat (Sharples) and everyone from GB Park and Pipe, all my sponsors and my family."

The head freeski coach Pat Sharples congratulated the GB Park and Pipe team at the end of the Championships.

"This is an amazing finish to a tough week of competition," he said.

"I couldn't be more proud of the whole team. Everyone came out and killed it and rode to the very best of their abilities."


In Alpine, Dave Ryding finished his World Cup season with another great result in the Slalom at the Finals in Aspen, Colorado.

He was in 20th place after the first run but made up 12 places to finish in 8th. 

Results World Cup Finals World Cup Finals results
















It''s another Top 10 finish to round off a remarkable winter for Ryding which peaked when he achieved the best result for a British alpine skier for more than 35 years with silver at Kitzbühel.

He finishes the World Cup season ranked 8th in the world for slalom.  Last season he finished ranked 22nd.

Dave RydingDave Ryding - photo Vanessa Fry Photography















Dave Ryding 2016-17 season resultsWhat a season - photo Snowsport England




















You can read about Ryding's World Championships in St Moritz where he finished 11th and his thoughts on this season's results in this PlanetSKI article.

He also spoke to Eurosport ahead of the Aspen race, looking ahead to the Winter Olympics next January:

"I'd never even dreamed of being on a podium, let alone in Kitzbuhel. It was just a 'wow' moment. I'd only ever thought about being ranked in the top 30. I was just amazed at what I'd achieved," he said.

"My target is the top 10 but I wouldn't write off a podium finish. I'll just have to see what my form is like going into it. I've certainly got a better chance at this Olympics than I did at the last. I just have to keep believing in myself and keep working hard. That's what you've got to do to get to the top in anything.

"It's been a long road but I've shown what's possible if you're prepared to put in the effort. It's not as if the Austrians have any kind of genetic advantage over the British. We're all born the same. I'm sure over the next few years there will be other British skiers doing what I'm doing. Good things can happen if you just get your head down and chip away."

See here for the full interview.


The Telemark World Championships in La Plagne, France, ended in success for GB's Jasmin Taylor, who came away with a bronze medal in the Classic.

Jasmin Taylor bronze at World Telemark Ski TeamJasmin Taylor takes bronze - photo GB Telemark Ski Team




















Taylor was also 5th in the Parallel Sprint and 10th in the Sprint on Sunday.

Here are the rest of the GB results:

GB Park & Pipe - Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships

For the skiers in the Slopestyle competition, Madi Rowlands finished 17th in the ladies competition and in the men's event Tyler Harding finished 21st overall, with Cal Sandieson in 35th after making the semis, and Mike Rowlands in 48th place.

On Friday evening, Rowan Cheshire showed that she is back to being one of the World's best female Halfpipe skiers as she finished 6th overall in the World Championships.

After qualifying for the final, Cheshire is back at a level where she can challenge again for world-class podiums. Madi Rowlands finished in 11th place and Molly Summerhayes in 15th position.

For the men, Murray Buchan was the highest finishing Brit in 16th place and Pete Speight finished in 18th position.

Rowan CheshireRowan Cheshire - photo GB Park & Pipe




















In the Snowboard Big Air, Aimee Fuller landed a new trick in qualification, narrowly missing out on finals and finishing 18th overall.

In the men's competition Matt McCormick finished 27th and Jamie Nicholls in 48th.

Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas withdrew due to injuries.

GB Park and Pipe Pathway

Snowboarders Billy Cockrell, Fin Bremner, Henry Shackleton, Glen Ironside, and Cerys Allen were all in action at the Slopestyle and Halfpipe Europa Cup in Laax.

Cerys Allen impressed in the Slopestyle finishing in 5th place and in the men's competition, Ironside had the best result for GB Park and Pipe, finishing in 27th place with Shackleton 39th and Cockrell 48th.  

In the halfpipe Glen Ironside finished in 32nd place.

Glen Ironside is competing on Monday in the World Junior Snowboard Halfpipe Championships in Laax.

It has been brought forward from its original date at the end of  April.

Delancey British Alpine Team

Alex Tilley was in action in the North America Cup this weekend, claiming a podium finish in Saturday's Slalom in Val St-Come and two 5th places in the GS on Sunday and Friday's Slalom.

At the Europa Cup Finals in Innichen, Italy, Nick Moynihan finished 36th in Saturday's GS with Charlie Raposo DNF.

In Sunday's Slalom FIS race, Laurie Taylor and Nick Moynihan both DNF.

British Nordic

Andrew Musgrave concluded his season on a high by finishing 9th in the Cross Country 'mini-tour' in Quebec after the 15km Pursuit Free, and clocking the second fastest time of the day on Sunday.

Andrew Young finished in 27th overall and Callum Smith in 56th -  a World Cup PB.

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave in Quebec




















In Saturday's 15km Classic Mass Start Musgrave finished 20th with Young in 34th and Smith in 60th position.

Annika Taylor also finished her season off well, finishing 47th in the 10km Pursuit Free.

This was after her 40th place finish in Saturday's 10km Classic Mass Start.

British Telemark - World Championships

Jasmin Taylor's team mate Naila Cardwell finished 9th in the Parallel Sprint, 17th in the Classic and 16th in the Sprint.

In the men's competition, Louis Hatchwell clocked the best result of the World Championships finishing in 22nd position in the Classic.  

Sion Bingham was 31st. In the Sprint, Alec Dixon finished in 36th position, Sion Bingham in 39th and Louis Hatchwell in 43rd place.

 British Ski and Snowboard Cross

Pam Thorburn was in action this weekend at the Ski Cross event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada, finishing in 19th position overall to conclude the season.

British Snowboard Cross were in action at the Europa Cup in Lenk, Switzerland.

For the ladies Anna Richardson finished in 17th position in Friday's race and for the men Bradley Gaulter was 53rd.  

Paul Moralee was 62nd, Brandon Cain was 70th and Rory Ewart was 76th. Saturday's race was cancelled due to weather.

British Ski Cross athletes were also in Europa Cup action in Mora, Sweden.

For the ladies, Alannah Lawrie came 10th in both the Saturday and Sunday races and Emma Peters was 11th and 12th respectively. 

For the men, Ollie Davies finished 27th on Saturday and 17th on Sunday, and Finlay Davies finished in 42nd and 43rd. 

British Moguls

At the Europa Cup in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Makayla Gerken Schofield impressed just missing the podium, finishing in 4th place in the Dual Moguls competition.

In the men's Dual Moguls competition, Thomas Gerken Schofield finished in 8th with Will Feneley in 10th place.

British Ski Jumping

Robert and Jake Lock, the British Ski Jumping twins based in Park City, Utah, competed in the Ski Jumping Continental Cup in Chaikovsky, Russia.

Robert finished in 39th place and Jake 40th on Saturday. 

On Sunday Jake was 41st and Robert 42nd.

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