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As the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics beckons the team aiming to bring back medals is announced. The season gets underway shortly in New Zealand.

British Ski and Snowboard has announced the GB Park and Pipe team for both ski and snowboard for the 2017/18 season. 

They contain some of our brightest prospects for Olympic medals on snow.

The GB Park and Pipe Snowboard team is made up of two women and six men, all looking to build on a successful season in 2016/17.  

For the men, snowboarders Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls will be aiming for their second Winter Olympics. 

Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick will be hoping that they can perform at the start of the season to be considered for selection to Team GB.

They are joined in the GB Park and Pipe Snowboard Team by two of the country's rising snowboard stars Henry Shackleton and Fin Bremner.

For the women, Katie Ormerod will be looking to continue her form into this coming season. 

She had three World Cup podiums and an X Games bronze medal last winter.  

She is perhaps our brightest medal prospect at next February's Winter Olympics.

See here as PlanetSKI's chief reporter, Jane Peel, caught up with Katie in Laax at the BRITS last season:

Katie Ormerod winner Moscow Big AirWinner of the Moscow Big Air
















Katie Ormerod Second in the Big Air World rankings - photo Katie Ormerod Twitter


















Also in the team is Aimee Fuller who had two fourth places in last season's World Cups.   

The World Cup season kicks off for the Park and Pipe snowboarders on the 3rd September when the team will head to Cardrona, New Zealand to tackle the first Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. 

The start of the Snowboard Big Air World Cup circuit in Europe begins on 4th November with the first competition taking place in Copenhagen.  

For the GB Park and Pipe skiers, seven women and seven men make up the team.  

Those concentrating on Ski Slopestyle, and for some athletes Big Air, will be Katie Summerhayes, Izzy Atkin, Madi Rowlands and Anna Vincenti. 

For the men James Woods, who was in brilliant form last season, winning an X Games gold in Big Air, will be joined by Tyler Harding, Cal Sandieson and Mike Rowlands.


Woodsy and Pat celebrateWoodsy celebrates with his coach, Pat Sharples













In Ski Halfpipe, leading the charge towards PyeongChang 2018 for the men will be Murray Buchan, Pete Speight and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon.  

For the women, Rowan Cheshire, who started to come back into world-class form last season, is joined by Madi Rowlands (who also competes in Slopestyle) and Molly Summerhayes. 

The first Ski Slopestyle World Cup takes place on 26th/27th August in Cardrona, New Zealand, followed by a Ski Halfpipe World Cup on 31st August/ 1st September.  

World Cup action begins in Europe in November with a Ski Big Air World Cup on 3rd November in Copenhagen, a Ski Slopestyle World Cup in Stubai on 25th/26th November then the first Halfpipe World Cup in Copper Mountain on 8th December. 

 "This season will be another exciting and busy one for the GB Park and Pipe team. We have been working hard both on snow and off snow all summer, and we can't wait to get out to the Southern Hemisphere to put in even more on-snow training ahead of the start of the European winter," said the GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager Lesley McKenna.

"We feel in a strong position and ready for the challenges that an Olympic season will bring. We are also indebted, as always, to UK Sport and the National Lottery for supporting our vision for GB Park and Pipe and British snowsport," McKenna added.  

GB Park and Pipe Team 2017/18:

Snowboard Slopestyle/Big Air
  • Jamie Nichols*
  • Billy Morgan*
  • Rowan Coultas*
  • Matt McCormick
  • Henry Shackleton
  • Fin Bremner
  • Katie Ormerod*
  • Aimee Fuller*
  Ski Slopestyle/ Big Air (NB -Ski Big Air is not an Olympic discipline)
  • James Woods*
  • Tyler Harding*
  • Cal Sandieson
  • Mike Rowlands
  • Izzy Atkin*
  • Katie Summerhayes*
  • Madi Rowlands*
  • Anna Vincenti*
  Ski Halfpipe
  • Murray Buchan*
  • Peter Speight*
  • Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon
  • Rowan Cheshire*
  • Madi Rowlands*
  • Molly Summerhayes
  * UK Sport/ National Lottery funded athletes   

The athletes selected to go to Pyeongchang will not be announced until shortly before the event, depending on their form.

Here at PlanetSKI we wish them all well and will be following their progress in the coming months.      

GB Park & Pipe TeamGB Park & Pipe Team

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