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Musgrave leads British World Cup charge after a busy weekend for GB athletes: UPDATED






A top 20 performance from three-time Olympian Andrew Musgrave was the standout performance from the GB Snowsport skiers which saw World Cup action over the weekend.

FIS Cross Country World Cup, Beitostølen NOR - Saturday 8 December

Andrew Musgrave was 15th in Saturday's 30km free skate in Norway, a performance he described as "not too bad on a day I wasn't at my best."

The 28-year-old finished the time trial alongside a number of perennial World Cup contenders, around 70 seconds off the podium and less than 30 seconds from the top 10.

He will now join up with the rest of the squad who have been training in Switzerland for the past week ahead the next World Cup in Davos.


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FIS Alpine World Cup, Val d'Isère FRA - Saturday 8-Sunday 9 December

FIS Alpine World Cup, St Moritz SUI - Sunday 9 December

Val d'Isère and St Moritz proved to be frustrating locations for the GB Alpine skiers this weekend.

On Saturday, Charlie Raposo competed in the giant slalom at the French resort where he finished 58th the first run.

His time was 1.33sec behind a place in the top 30.On Sunday, conditions deteriorated to the point where wind gusts of over 100km/h forced the cancellation of the slalom.

The next World Cup stop for Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will now be on Saturday 22 December at Madonna di Campiglio where Ryding last year finished less than a quarter of a second away from victory.

In Switzerland, giant slalom specialist Alex Tilley took part in qualifying for the parallel slalom World Cup, however she didn't do enough to qualify for the top 32 which proceeded to the knockout rounds.

** Following last week's Far East Cup in Wanlong, a contingent from the GB Alpine Europa Cup Squad remain in China for this week's Far East Cup races at Taiwoo.

Billy Major was the best-placed finisher in today's slalom in seventh position.

There is another slalom on Tuesday followed by two giant slalom races on Wednesday and Thursday.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Ruka FIN - Friday 7 December

Makayla Gerken Schofield recorded the most-impressive result from the GB Moguls crew which opened their World Cup season in Finland on Friday.

The 19-year-old cleared first qualifying before being eliminated in 21st position overall, which resulted in her first-ever World Cup points.

Thomas Gerken Schofield was the highest British finisher in the men's event in 38th, followed by Wil Willis 44th and Max Willis 55th.

Perrine Laffont - Ladies' Moguls Ruka 1st place:

Mikael Kinsgbury - Men's Moguls Ruka 1st place:


Slalom World Cup race cancelled in Val d'Isere early Sunday.

Other action with mogul skiers and cross country skiers to go ahead.

Four freestyle skiers and four alpine skiers will see World Cup action over the next three days.

GB Cross Country's Andrew Musgrave will also be looking to carry some strong form through from last week's impressive efforts in Lillehammer.

MEN: FIS Alpine World Cup, Val d'Isere FRA - Saturday 8-Sunday 9 December - Cancelled

The main event of the weekend was to be Sunday's slalom that would see GB's No1 racer, Dave Ryding, in action.

Inclement weather however, notably driving gusts of wind and snow, meant the Slalom event was cancelled early on Sunday morning.


Ryding was 12th in Finland last month which happens to also be his best World Cup finish at Val d'Isere from four attempts.

We wish him luck at the next Slalom event:

Also racing is Laurie Taylor who hopes to build on some promising performances at the season-opening World Cup last month in Levi.

22-year-old Taylor is yet to compete at any level at the French resort and will be aiming to make the flip into the top 30 for the first time at World Cup level.

On Saturday Charlie Raposo is set to start his second World Cup in as many weeks after travelling from Beaver Creek to Val d'Isere.

The 22-year-old will be looking to make amends after posting a DNF last weekend when he takes to giant slalom qualifying on Saturday morning.

WOMEN - FIS Alpine World Cup, St Moritz SUI - Sunday 9 December

Also on Sunday, Alex Tilley will be in Switzerland for the World Cup parallel slalom event.

The format will see all skiers go through qualifying with the top 32 moving into the head-to-head knockout competition.

Tilley goes into St Moritz on the back of a 21st place at her last World Cup giant slalom start in Killington followed by a Europa Cup 11th in Sweden on Saturday.

Live scoring will be available via the FIS website and app.

In Val d'Isere, giant slalom qualifying starts on Saturday on 9am GMT followed by second runs at 12pm GMT; on Sunday, slalom qualifying starts at 8:30am GMT with second runs at 11:30am.

In St Moritz, qualifying commences on Sunday at 9:30am with the top 32 going head-to-head from 12:30pm.

All events from Val d'Isere will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player at the above times.

Qualifying from St Moritz will be broadcast on the Eurosport Player while the finals will also be available on Eurosport 2.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Ruka FIN - Friday 7 December

GB Moguls start their World Cup season in Finland on Friday with two pairs of siblings looking to bump and jump their way to success.

Makayla Gerken Schofield finished 32nd in the corresponding event last year which was also her World Cup debut and ended up being her best result at the top level in 2017/18.

She finished the season with a Europa Cup podium and a top five finish at the World Junior Championships and is primed for a good start to this season.

Brother Thomas also made his first World Cup start at this event last year, and capped his season on a high with a pair of second place finishes at a Europa Cup event.

He is joined in the men's event by Max and Wil Willis.

Max returned to the World Cup circuit last year after two years away, scoring 25th place in Ruka and 21st in Calgary along with a pair of Europa Cup top tens.

Younger brother Wil made a successful start to his senior career with a pair of FIS victories in February and he makes his World Cup debut on Friday.

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Live scoring will be available via the FIS website and app with qualifications starting at 8:10am GMT.

Friday's finals will be broadcast on Eurosport Player from 2:20pm.

FIS Cross Country World Cup, Beitostølen NOR - Saturday 8 December

Andrew Musgrave will fly the British flag when the Cross Country World Cup rolls into Beitostølen on Saturday.

Following an impressive sixth place in the 15km free skate last week in Lillehammer, Musgrave is showing good form and is looking forward to a 30km free skate which presents exciting possibilities.

"I was completely unsure how my form was going to be going into Lillehammer," said Musgrave.

"Sixth place on Saturday gave me a big confidence boost and I know my form is good.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out and doing another skate race in Beitostølen on Saturday now. I know the track well and it suits me, plus I also like the longer 30km distance.

"At the moment it's forecast to snow a fair bit, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping it won't; I like it best when the tracks are a bit faster and harder.

"No matter what the weather though I'm going to go out and give it everything I've got."

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Live timing of Saturday's men's 30km free will be available via the FIS website and app from 11:15am GMT.

The race will be broadcast live on Eurosport Player and delayed on Eurosport 2 from 2:30pm.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Copper Mountain USA - Wednesday 5 December

A pair of GB Park+Pipe skiers put on an impressive showing in qualifying at yesterday's US Grand Prix in the Copper halfpipe.

Zoe Atkin, 15, was competing in her first-ever World Cup but put in a nerveless display on her way to 15th place in a top-class field.

Sam Ward, 18, sent down in a strong performance to place 14th in his heat, and 27th overall in what was only his second ever World Cup contest.

Next week, Izzy Atkin and James Woods will compete at the Dew Tour in Colorado alongside Para snowboarders Owen Pick and James Barnes-Miller.

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