A golden weekend saw Charlotte Bankes top back-to-back World Cup podiums, while Billy Major took gold in Germany. The Freestyle squad saw impressive results for Katie Ormerod and Kirsty Muir in the US, while in Norway final preparations are underway for the World Para Snow Sports Championships.
Charlotte Bankes’ run of outstanding form continued this weekend with a brace of World Cup victories in Krasnoyarsk. The reigning Snowboard Cross world champion notched her second and third World Cup gold medals of the season, and her fourth podium in five races, with a pair of dominant displays. Both races saw her hold off France’s Chloé Trespeuch in second place, with American Lindsey Jacobellis taking bronze on both occasions, and she now stands 99 points clear in the overall World Cup standings.
FREESTYLE SQUAD MAKE WAVES IN MAMMOTH
In Mammoth, USA, Katie Ormerod’s Olympic preparations continued with 4th place in the Slopestyle World Cup, her highest WC placing since taking 3rd in Calgary World Cup in February 2020. Her score of 72.32 was enough to hold off Hailey Langland in 5th, with Japan’s Kokomo Murase taking 3rd spot.
In the Freeski competition, Kirsty Muir notched another top-10 finish coming in 5th in an extremely strong field. The result gives the 17-year-old back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time in her WC career, while Connie Brogden continued her return to competitive action with an encouraging top-20 spot, finishing up in 16th place in Slopestyle and 23rd in Halfpipe, with Katie Summerhayes taking 13th place in Slopestyle.
DOUBLE PODIUMS FOR BILLY MAJOR
In Alpine, Billy Major grabbed a pair of Europa Cup podiums with silver and gold in Berchtesgaden, Germany. In the first of the two races, Laurie Taylor was leading the field by a significant margin going into the turn, but was unfortunate to crash out on his second run.
- Mani Cooper grabs silver in Austria Cup
- Charlie Guest hits top-20 in Kranjska Gora
- World Para Snow Sports Championships are on the horizon