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WORLD MEDALS FOR GB'S BANKES & ATKIN
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At the Freestyle World Championships Charlotte Bankes won silver and Izzy Atkin bronze. Watch the video of their medal-winning runs.




British-born snowboarder Bankes was competing in her first World Championships for GB after switching allegiances from France in November.

She won silver in the snowboard cross in Park City, Utah, describing it as the best race of her career.

And in the early hours of Sunday morning, skier Izzy Atkin won bronze in the first Ski Big Air event to take place at a World Championships.

The success is more good news for GB Snowsport, whose aim is to become a top 5 nation by 2030:

Bankes' medal is the first in snowboard cross for GB and the first for Bankes at a major championships.

The 23-year-old made it to the final after setting the third-fastest time in qualifying, finishing second in her quarter final, and emphatically winning her semi-final for her place in the final four.

The USA's five-time World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis had been eliminated in the semis.

Bankes finished second to Eva Samkova (Czech Republic) and ahead of Michele Moioli (Italy).

Snowboard X World Champs podium 2019Snowboard Cross podium (l-r Bankes, Samkova, Moioli)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"It's great to actually be enjoying snowboarding again, to be pain free," said Bankes, referring to both her recent switch back to Great Britain and also her long recovery from a 2011 pelvis injury from which she is finally almost fully-recovered.

"It was fun racing, a fun final.

"It was always going to be tough; Eva and Michela, they're both Olympic gold medallists but it was just really good hard, fun racing."

Watch the final here:

Already a three-time World Cup winner and two-time Olympian, Bankes described today's performance as the best of her career.

"This one is above them all. I've always struggled in the one-day events, I've never ridden that well but today was fun, everything seemed to go to plan. It's nice after all the hard work which everyone has put in."

Little more than 24 hours later Izzy Atkin picked up GB's second medal and her third from a major championships.

After her bronze medals at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics she finished third in the inaugural ski big air World Championships.

Izzy Atkin, bronze Ski Big Air World Champs 2019Izzy Atkin wins bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atkin came through a tough qualifying session from which only one of the medallists from last week's Aspen X-Games made it to the final eight.

Atkin had the fifth highest score.

In the final, 17-year-old Tess Ledeux of France (184.75) put down three of the four highest scoring runs to claim gold emphatically ahead of Park City local Julia Krass (173.75).

Atkin (168.75) edged out 2018 Olympic slopestyle gold medallist Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland for bronze by just one point.

Here's how she did it:

Having not competed in a major big air competition for almost two years, the result will give Atkin confidence for her preferred slopestyle event later in the week.

"I'm really happy with the way I skied," said Atkin.

"I wasn't expecting to be on the podium so this feels amazing. Thank you so much to everyone for all the support."

Ski big air podium World Champs 2019Ski big air podium (l-r Krass, Ledeux, Atkin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ski Big Air will be making its debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Earlier in the day, James Woods was unable to reproduce the form which took him to the X-Games big air podium last week, missing out on qualifying for the big air final alongside fellow Brit Chris McCormick.

Ollie Davies, Emma Peters and Emily Sarsfield were also in action on day three of the World Championships in the knockout stages of ski cross but failed to win past the round of 32.

Ski slopestyle qualification takes place on Tuesday.

Freestyle World Championships venues 2019Freestyle World Championships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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