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PlanetSKI catches up with Billy Morgan on day three of the BRITS to find out how life is treating him after his Winter Olympics bronze medal.

The snowboard big air medallist from Pyeongchang is in Laax in Switzerland for the British Snowboard and Freeski Championships.

This year he's sitting out the competition, allowing the glory to fall on those who would love to follow in his footsteps, and spending his time talking to, riding with and inspiring the next generation of freestyle snowboarders.

Oh - and partying, hard.

Earlier this week he turned 29 and he's been burning the candle at both ends.

On at least one occasion he didn't turn in for the "night" until 5am - allegedly. 

He spoke to PlanetSKI up on the mountain at Snowpark Laax as The BRITS snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe contests were taking place.

You can read more on the day's competition and get the main results below.

Thanks to Billy Morgan's fellow GB Olympic snowboarder, Rowan Coultas, for acting as cameraman for that interview.

Billy Morgan & reflectionsBilly Morgan (featuring your reporter and Rowan Coultas)

And just in case you were wondering what this photo is about......

Jane Peel & Billy Morgan What's this all about?

 was Morgan's idea to illustrate our name - PlanetSKI. 

Mine's meant to be a P and his an S. 

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Snowboard slopestyle

Onto the action, and the snowboard slopestyle competition was packed with the young athletes for whom Morgan is a sporting role model.

Slopestyle kidsSlopestyle kids Roahan Duncan & Emily Rothney, both aged 9

In fact, all the athletes to win overall medals today are still in their teens.


1 - Cerys Allen (17)
2 - Maisie Hill (17)
3 - Sophie Smith (13)

Cerys AllenCerys Allen

Cerys AllenCerys Allen - photo

It's Allen's first overall gold.

"It was so fun - such a good course, and it was really fun getting to ride with all of my friends who live up and down the country," she said, "just having a really good time.

"I was spinning off the medium line, spinning back 3s and front 3s; I was really happy, it was a good run. There was a bit of wind, and the light was a little bit flat at times, but everyone's in the same boat and we all need to push through together."

Snowboard slopestyle women's podiumSnowboard slopestyle women's podium


1 - Billy Cockrell (19)
2 - Harry Waite (17)
3 - Josh Cook (17)

Billy CockrellBilly Cockrell - photo

It's the second BRITS title of 2018 for Billy Cockrell following his victory in the big air.

Judge Jamie Keeble said he was impressed with Cockrell's progression.

"From not making the podium last year, to dominating this year, it shows how hard Billy has worked this season," Keeble said.

The contest for the remaining podium places was a tight one with the silver and bronze medallists separated by a single point. 

Snowboard slopestyle men's podiumSnowboard slopestyle men's podium

Ski halfpipe

Ski halfpipe at the BRITS 2018Ski halfpipe - photo Bluebird Photography


1 - Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon
2 - Pete Speight
2 - Sam Ward

The men's contest had two Pyeongchang Olympians vying for the British title.

Pete Speight was going for three in a row but was beaten by last year's runner-up Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon. 

Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon - photo Bluebird Photography

"All the boys absolutely smashed it," said Glavatsky-Yeadon.

"I was really nervous - I thought that Pete was going to three-peat but I managed to just loop myself up and slip in there.

"Laax always supplies the goods; the best park and pipe in the world so obviously we had that to work with.

"It was great, the level of riding was superb."

Third place went to a rising star, 18-year-old Sam Ward, who made his World Cup debut in Tignes in March.

Ski halfpipe men's podium at the BRITS 2018Ski halfpipe men's podium



1 - Kirsty Muir
2 - Connie Brogden
3 - Olivia Burke

Ski halfpipe women's podiumSki halfpipe women's podium

The halfpipe podium was identical to the big air podium on day one.

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir - photo Bluebird Photography

The super-talented 13-year-old Kirsty Muir picked up her first overall British title on Tuesday and added a second today.

All the more impressive since she's not trained or competed in the pipe for some time and landed a brand new trick in the final. 

And there was more celebration for the Muirs as Kirsty's younger sister, 11-year-old Fiona - the only competitor in her age group - won gold in the under-12 category. 

Fiona MuirFiona Muir

Competition concludes on Friday when the snowboarders will be in the halfpipe and the freestyle skiers head for the slopestyle course.

Read our earlier reports from this week at The BRITS:
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