Woodsy’s top 10 leads British World Cup results

The first post-Olympic World Cup events were run and won over the weekend with mixed results for British skiers.

James Woods earned a top 10 in Silvaplana while Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Dave Ryding also featured in finals.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Friday 2 & Saturday 3 March – Silvaplana SUI
James Woods was the only member of the GB Park and Pipe team in action over the weekend and he picked up another ski slopestyle top 10 result at Silvaplana, Switzerland.

After failing to land his first run on Friday, the pressure was on if Woods was going to win through to the final. The consummate professional, Woods scored 82.33 to finish fifth in his heat and earn a place in the final 16.

On Saturday, Woods scored 77.40 on his first run to sit in sixth, 15 points off the lead and less than 10 points out of the podium positions. Unfortunately he couldn’t replicate his second run heroics from Friday, unable to improve his score and eventually slipping to ninth place.

The result means Woods has finished in the top ten in eight out of his past 10 ski slopestyle World Cups, earning two victories along the way.

 

FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March – Lahti FIN
Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and James Clugnet had a mixed weekend of results at the Lahti Ski Games.

In Saturday’s free sprint, Young (25th) and Musgrave (30th) qualified for the knockout stages, while Clugnet was 3.6 seconds outside the top 30. Unfortunately the British pair both finished sixth in their heats, leaving Young in 29th and Musgrave 30th overall.

Sunday’s 15km classic race saw Musgrave perform well in the middle stages when he was able to match it with Olympic 50km champion Iivo Niskanen. Unfortunately he couldn’t stay with the Finn through to the end, eventually finishing 28th. Young was 42nd while Clugnet finished 71st.

Young will next contest the sprint event in Drammen on Wednesday where he will be joined by teammate Nichole Bathe who is racing her first World Cup since November.

 

FIS Alpine World Cup – Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March – Kranjska Gora SLO
FIS Alpine World Cup – Saturday 3 March – Crans-Montana SUI

A trio of Delancey British Alpine skiers were in World Cup action on the weekend with Dave Ryding leading the way.

Ryding was equal 15th after the first run of the slalom in Kranjska Gora on Sunday. Needing a typical second run surge, Ryding was clocking fast intervals before getting caught out in one of the lower sections of the course, eventually dropping to 20th overall.

In seven World Cup slalom races at Kranjska Gora, it was Ryding’s best-ever finish.

On Saturday, Charlie Raposo contested the Giant Slalom in Slovenia but was unable to finish the first run.

Also on Saturday, Cara Brown contested her first World Cup Super G in more than three years, finishing 2.78 seconds off the lead in 47th.

 
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