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Governing body British Ski and Snowboard has announced the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team for the 2017/18 season.

As we enter the start of an Olympic season, three World Cup athletes, six Europa Cup athletes, one FIS athlete and 17 Under-21 athletes will make up the 27-strong Delancey British Alpine Team.

Leading the charge is slalom specialist Dave Ryding (30, Lancashire) who made history when he claimed the best World Cup finish for a British Alpine ski racer in 35 years after his second place finish in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Ryding finished the 2016/17 season 8th in the World Cup Slalom standings, and he will now go into the 2017/18 season ranked 9th in the world for slalom (after the World Championships results are taken into account).  He will continue to work with coaches Tristan Glasse Davies and Ali Morton.

Alex Tilley (23, Aberdeenshire) will again be one to watch for the 2017/18 season, having already met qualification criteria for PyeongChang 2018 along with team mate Charlie Guest (23, Perthshire). Tilley and Guest will train together this season under coach Noel Baxter, making up the World Cup team alongside Ryding.

Vanessa Fry PhotographyAlex Tilley GS - Vanessa Fry Photography

Charlie Guest - Vanessa Fry PhotographyCharlie Guest

The Europa Cup team will be headed up by newly appointed coach Mike Pilarski, alongside Stefan Leitner, who was part of the British set up last year, and will consist of five male athletes and one female athlete.

Cara Brown (23, London) who had a strong end to last winter season after coming back from a knee injury, will continue to train with Orsatus Ski Racing.

Training together under Leitner and Pilarski for the 2017/18 season will be Laurie Taylor (21, Basingstoke), who finished an impressive 33rd in the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz, Billy Major (20, France), Charlie Raposo (21, London) and Nick Moynihan (23, East Sussex). Jack Gower (22, Chichester) will continue to train in the USA and compete both in the States and on the Europa Cup Circuit. 

FIS Team athlete, 20-year-old Darcie Mead from Surrey, will be joined at FIS races by many of the Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team athletes, who will be looking to continue their development towards Europa Cup and World Cup ambitions. The Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team will consist of 17 athletes.

Delancey British Alpine Ski Team 2017/18:

World Cup Team: 
Alex Tilley
Charlie Guest
Dave Ryding
 Europa Cup Team:  
Cara Brown
Jack Gower
Nick Moynihan
Billy Major
Charlie Raposo
Laurie Taylor
 FIS Team:  
Darcie Mead
 Under 21 Team:  
Fraser Middleton
Iain Innes
Jessica Anderson
Robert Poth
Zak Vinter
Abi Bruce
Alicja Krahelski
Angus Wills
Matthew Heginbotham
Olivia Ward
Victoria Palla
Reece Bell
Olivia Foster
Sarah Woodward
Owen Vinter
Will Beney
Max Vaughton

"We are currently in an exciting period for British Alpine Skiing, and working alongside BSS Performance Director Dan Hunt, we decided that bringing our athletes together in programmes, ensuring they can train together and benefit from pooled resources can only be a good thing," Delancey British Alpine Team Head Coach Reini Fernsebner said following the announcement.

"We are hugely indebted to our principle sponsor Delancey for all their support, and helping make these programmes a reality."

Dave Ryding with coachesDave Ryding with coaches Ali Morton (L) and Tristan Glasse Davies


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