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British freeskiers have wrapped up the Championships in New Zealand with four more top 10s to finish 4th overall.



The Junior World Championships have turned out to be a big success for the Brits with two medals - including one gold - and a total of 12 top 10 results.

British Ski & Snowboard have described it as an "outstanding overall performance from the squad".

The event is part of the Winter Games NZ which continues with Britain's top-ranked male freeskier James 'Woodsy' Woods taking on his first World Cup event of the 2018-19 season, competing in the big air at Cardrona.

The first qualifying heat went ahead on Wednesday before high winds forced the second heat, in which Woodsy was due to ski, to be postponed.

It took place on Thursday and Woodsy made it through.

He finished 5th in his heat to take the final spot available to go into Friday's 10-man final.


UPDATE FRIDAY: Woodsy didn't quite make the podium, finishing 5th in the final.

Before that the junior GB skiers finished their campaign in the World Championships with the halfpipe.

Zoe Atkin was the only GB female to make the final and finished 7th in her only event in Cardrona.

Although both narrowly missed out on making the final,  Kirsty Muir was 9th and Connie Brogden was 10th.

In the male ski halfpipe, Sam Ward and Sam Gaskin both qualified for the 12-man final.

Ward ultimately finished in 8th place for the best-ever British male ski halfpipe result at World Juniors, while Gaskin was 11th.

Sam Gaskin, Sam Ward, Zoe Atkin L-R Sam Gaskin, Sam Ward, Zoe Atkin - photo GB Park & Pipe
















The results from the championships helped decide the winner of the Marc Hodler Trophy and pushed the British team up from 6th overall to 4th place with 55 points, leapfrogging both the highly-fancied Swedes (53 points) and Canada (48 points).

Russia were the standout winners on 121 points to take the Trophy ahead of USA in second (97pts).

Japan (58pts) won a tight race for third.

The Marc Hodler Trophy is awarded to the overall champion nation throughout the Junior World Championships.  The freestyle skiing trophy incorporates points carried over from April's Moguls Junior Worlds in Sweden.

With GB's 12 top 10 results in New Zealand -  including ski cross medals for Ollie Davies (1st) and Elliane Hall (3rd) - plus two more moguls top 10s, Great Britain has stamped its credentials as one of the best all-round nations.

Sam WardSam Ward in qualifying - photo FIS














See our earlier story with all the news from the championships, updated as it happened:

And see below for all the results from the Junior Worlds.

So now it's up to the senior squad - and first up it's James Woods - to see if they can match the juniors' results.

James WoodsWoodsy - photo Tommy Pyatt














The entry list for the men's ski big air features a host of Olympic, World Cup and X-Games stars.

But Woodsy's credentials stack up with the best in the world.

From his last two visits to the X-Games in Aspen, Woodsy has come away with a victory (2017) and bronze medal (2018) from the big air events.

This is only his second World Cup big air competition since he made his first appearance in February 2016.

The spectacular event will become more of a focus of Woodsy and most of the world's best now it's in the Winter Olympic programme for Beijing 2022.



Full GB Results

Male Ski Big Air: 13th Jasper Klein*, 15th Sam Ward, 17th Thomas Greenway, 32nd Felix Klein

Female Ski Big Air: 4th Kirsty Muir*

Male Ski Slopestyle: 21st Jasper Klein, 22nd Thomas Greenway, 27th Felix Klein, 39th Sam Ward

Female Ski Slopestyle: 7th Kirsty Muir, 8th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Halfpipe: 8th Sam Ward*, 11th Sam Gaskin

Female Ski Halfpipe: 7th Zoe Atkin, 9th Kirsty Muir, 10th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Cross: 1st Ollie Davies*, 11th Jonathan Bingham, 12th Seb Ison, 16th Mathieu Avent

Female Ski Cross: 3rd Elliane Hall*, 4th Emma Peters, 5th Zoe Winthrop, 7th Faith Davie

Male Snowboard Cross: 39th Douglas Green, 42nd Huw Nightingale

* denotes best-ever British result at World Junior Championships

Elliane Hall & Ollie DaviesGB medallists Elliane Hall & Ollie Davies




















The Australia-New Zealand Cup alpine events in NZ last week also formed part of the Winter Games NZ with the British women's contingent scoring some great results, led by Olympians Charlie Guest, who won a slalom event, and Alex Tilley who was 2nd in a giant slalom race.

Slalom podium ANZ Winter Games NZCharlie Guest tops a slalom podium at the Winter Games NZ















Alex TilleyAlex Tilley - photo Winter Games NZ















Guest scored a further top 5 in another slalom race with Jess Anderson, Reece Bell and Sarah Woodward all earning top 10 results.

Earlier in the month, Bell was on the A-NZ Cup slalom podium at Mt Hotham in Australia where Anderson, Woodward and Daisi Daniels all finished in the top 10.

Watch PlanetSKI editor James Cove's video interview with Reece Bell in his rolling blog as he passed through Coronet Peak on 31st August:

Last week Will Feneley earned an A-NZ Cup moguls top 10 at Perisher in Australia.

Prior to the World Juniors, ski cross athletes Elliane Hall, Emma Peters, Zoe Winthrop and Faith Davie scored two A-NZ Cup top 10 results each at Falls Creek, and Davie added a third place at Mt Hotham today (Tuesday 4th September).

On top of those results, alpine skiers Soneva Scott, Kathryn Bailey, Owen Vinter, Samuel Todd-Saunders, Jake Doyle, Olivia Foster and Diaco Abrishami all achieved FIS race top 10s in Australia and New Zealand while Edouard Guigonnet finished inside the top 10 at a Entry League FIS race in Argentina.

It hasn't just been the athletes getting the job done with new Europa Cup ski and snowboard cross coach Theo Cheli finishing 4th in the Freeride World Qualifier 2* at the Winter Games NZ on Monday 3rd September, with the 4* event still to come.

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