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Izzy Atkin takes bronze in the Slopestyle at Aspen as World Cup events across the discipines continue. NEW & UPDATED

There were also two medals for GB Telemark skier, Jasmin Taylor, who now has an impressive 12 World Cup podiums.

More on her success below.

James 'Woodsy' Woods and Izzy Atkin both qualified for Saturday's final in the Ski Slopestyle event at Aspen Snowmass.

Nineteen-year-old Atkin was lying in second place after the first run with a score of 87.70 bettered only by Norway's Johanne Killi (91.60) who took her second World Cup victory.

Atkin was unable to improve her position on the second run and was eventually edged into third by American Maggie Voisin (89.00).

It's her first World Cup podium of the season and only her second competition of the season.

Having placed seventh at Stubai in November then fifth at the Dew Tour in December, the 2017 World Championships bronze medallist's form is building perfectly as she approaches the most important events of the season.

Izzy AtkinIzzy Atkin - photo Matt Georges














"I'm stoked to put a run down; I really liked the course and the good weather today," said Atkin.

"Now I can look forward to the X-Games and then onto PyeongChang."

"Thanks to everyone at GB Park and Pipe, British Ski and Snowboard and [coach] Pat [Sharples]."

Atkin is the fourth member of the GB Park and Pipe squad to stand on the World Cup podium this year.

James Woods won the ski slopestyle in New Zealand in August, while in November Katie Ormerod placed second at the Milan snowboard big air and Katie Summerhayes claimed ski slopestyle silver in Stubai.

Woodsy also put in a decent performance in Aspen, finishing sixth in the men's slopestyle.

After making a mistake near the top of his first run, Woods put it all on the line in his second trip through the course and scored 90.20 to finish sixth, four points adrift of the top three in a highly-competitive field.

James Woods and Izzy AtkinWoods & Atkin at Aspen Snowmass - photo GB Park & Pipe

















British skiers are in action on the World Cup circuit in Europe and North America this weekend.

There are events in Alpine, Cross Country, Aerials, Slopestyle, Ski Cross and Telemark.

FIS Freeski & Snowboard World Cups, Snowmass USA - Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 January

In addition to James Woods and Izzy Atkin, Tyler Harding was in action in the ski slopestyle.

Harding claimed a career-best eighth in December, but drew a heat which scored very strongly.

While he finished 22nd overall, his performance was certainly one of his best at this level.

On Wednesday night, British skiers were unable to progress from their heats in the ski halfpipe or snowboard slopestyle final.

Molly Summerhayes was the highest-placed ladies' skier, scoring her fourth top 20 of the season while Murray Buchan led the men's charge in 21st.

Matt McCormick was 36th out of 52 starters in the men's snowboard slopestyle.

FIS Alpine World Cup, Wengen, Austria - Sunday 14 January

Dave Ryding lined up for his fourth World Cup in the space of two weeks when he returned to Wengen on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, he had a bad day, failing to finish the first run.

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In other Alpine results earlier this week, Alex Tilley didn't complete the first run of her World Cup Slalom event in Flachau, however Charlie Raposo scored a standout result in Korea, taking out a Far East Cup Giant Slalom race at the High1 Resort on Monday.

It was his second time on the podium this season after finishing third at an Austrian FIS race in December

FIS Telemark World Cup, Pralognan-la-Vanoise FRANCE - Friday 12 & Saturday 13 January

The Telemark World Cup event this weekend in France is being jointly hosted by British Ski and Snowboard with a large contingent of skiers looking to put in good results at their ‘home' event.

Jasmin Taylor led the British charge following two podiums and three top five results from as many events at the World Cup season opener at Hintertux in December.

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On Friday she picked up a bronze in the Sprint and followed that up with another third place in the Classic on Saturday.

She now has 12 World Cup podiums to her credit to put her third on the all-time list of British athletes,  behind freestyle skiers Jilly Curry (29) and Mike Nemesvary (16).

Jasmin Taylor's 12th World Cup podiumJasmin Taylor (r) on her 12th World Cup podium

Naila Cardwell, James French, Sion Bingham, Ben Emsley, Colin Dixon and Alec Dixon were also in action in the event.

FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup, Dresden GERMANY - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January

Andrew Young scored a top ten in his last World Cup start at the opening stage of the Tour de Ski on 30th December and he will be looking to carry that form into this weekend's Sprint World Cup in Dresden.

He will be joined by 21-year-old James Clugnet who made his World Cup debut in November and scored a top five result one month ago at a FIS Sprint race in France.

The pair will contest the Individual Sprint on Saturday before competing in the Team Sprint on Sunday.

Andrew Musgrave is not taking part in the event with his next race coming at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in February.

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Deer Valley USA - Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 January

Deer Valley is playing host to World Cup Freestyle Skiing this week with aerials taking centre stage on Friday night after a pair of moguls events.

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Lloyd Wallace will be competing in his fourth World Cup aerials competition of the season on Friday night.

His best result came in December when he placed 19th in China and he finished 23rd last weekend in Moscow.

That competition follows two moguls events in the last two days.

Max Willis was the best-performed athlete in the moguls team, and while he placed 34th out of 62 competitors in Wednesday's event, he was less than four points from qualifying for the 16-man final.

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Idre Fjall SWEDEN - Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 January

There are four straight days of Ski Cross action in Sweden with British skiers hoping to put in some strong performances today to earn a place in the weekend's finals.

Thursday's event was a qualifier for Saturday's final, while today's preliminaries act as qualifying for Sunday.

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Emily Sarsfield was 25th from 32 starters in the ladies' field but not quick enough to make the top 16.

Former Alpine skier Ollie Davies made his World Cup debut on Thursday after the 20-year-old had produced strong results throughout the season in FIS and Europa Cup races.

While he didn't qualify for the final on a challenging course, it has given him the experience to attack the next event.

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