British Alpine Preview


by Pete Davies September 27, 2016

British alpine racing had plenty to shout about last season and the individuals involved should be full of confidence going into the new season. From Dave Ryding finishing in the top 30 in the world for slalom to Alex Tilley mixing it with the best female Giant slalom skiers, the Brits are starting to stamp their authority on the international alpine stage. This season there’s the World alpine Championships so there’s a lot of incentive to make a claim for a place on the start list in St. Moritz!

 

World Cup
 
Dave Ryding
 
Dave “the rocket” Ryding has definitely cemented himself within the top slalom elite on the World Cup tour. Ryding scored an impressive total of 115 World Cup points in slalom, which place him 22nd in the overall standings. He was the fourth ever Brit to qualify for the World Cup finals and achieved a personal best result on the World Cup with a 12th position in Val d’Isere in December 2015.

We’re sure “the rocket” will blast his way up the World cup standings again this year!


 
Alex Tilley
 
Alex Tilley started last season with mixed emotions. She qualified for the second Giant slalom run in Soelden but unfortunately skied out on one of the turns on the bottom half of the slope. The 22 year old brushed herself off and returned to the World Cup in Lienz with a fantastic 19th place in Giant slalom. Tilley has the best current British FIS points in Slalom, GS and Super G.
 
With the help of her coach and former GB World Cup skier Noel Baxter, Tilley will be hoping to break in to the top 30 in the world on a more regular basis this season.

 

Rising up the world rankings!
 
Charlie Guest
 
Guest made her World Cup debut in Flachau in 2013 but had to recover from breaking her back in 2014. Now that she’s fighting fit she’s mainly been on the Europa Cup and FIS race circuits to improve her World ranking. Last season she achieved an impressive ninth place in the Europa cup finals slalom. She’s now back in the top 100 in the world in slalom and looking to race in the World champs in St. Mortiz next year!

Charlie Raposo
 
Raposo has massive potential at only 20 years of age and is currently the best-ranked British male in Giant slalom. Back in 2015 he finished a respectable 34th in his first ever alpine World Championships in Beaver Creek, USA.  The Rossignol ski man will not only be vying for a World championship spot but maybe a few World Cup starts too!
 
Jack Gower
 
It’s a fascinating dual between Gower and Raposo for the top GS spot in the British team. Gower is only 1.34 FIS points behind Raposo in the rankings and will be looking to improve his GS World ranking once again. Gower is however the top ranked Super G skier in the British FIS list. He’s currently ranked 107th in the world and will definitely be hoping to cement himself on the world stage in both GS and Super G.
 
Cara Brown
 
Brown suffered an unfortunate knee injury towards the end of last season. She ruptured her ACL ligament in her left knee and it’s not clear when she’ll be back competing on snow. She would’ve definitely been in the mix for selection for the world championships with her performances in downhill and Super-G. She’s currently the top ranked British female in downhill and isn’t far off the top British spot in Super G either (Alex Tilley is currently top ranked).
 
We wish Cara a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing the speed specialist back on her skis in the near future!
 
Robert Poth
Poth has shot up the GB rankings after making great FIS points last season at various races. In 2015 he was the 12th best slalom skier in Britain but has now put himself into fourth spot. The 19 year old jumped up an impressive 730 places in one season in the world rankings to 412 place.
 
The man from Potters Bar will be going into his second year as a full time athlete and will be hoping to make further leaps in the world rankings at the end of the new season!

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What the athletes had to say to Wellsnowsports on the coming winter race season!
 
Dave Ryding on his prep for this winter: Over the summer I aim to continue the improvement I have been making the past two seasons. Come the winter I hope to be in a better position once again to push for better results this season.”
 
Charlie Guest talks about her targets for future: “The next couple of seasons are going to be the most exciting of my career so far. I am really looking forward to the World Championships in February where I will be aiming for a top 20 in the slalom.
 
“The biggest aim this season is in Europa Cup. I am looking at being able to finish in the top three overall this year, which will allow me to win my own start spot on World Cup going into the Olympic Season.”
 
Robert Poth also looks to establish himself on the world alpine stage: “My main goals for the season are being selected for the World Junior Champs in Are and the main World Alpine Champs in St.Moritz in 2017.
 
“I also want to break into the top 300 in the world for slalom and move into the top 3 ranked GB slalom skiers.”
 
This is just a flavour of who is at the top of the British team. There are plenty of other British athletes who could move up the rankings this season too. Let’s hope the nation can celebrate some great performances in alpine at the end of the season!

 

Keep your eyes peeled for a full interview with British alpine’s top female skier Alex Tilley in the coming week!
 
Rankings and points stated were quoted at time of writing on the FIS database. 

 

 

 

Full British Alpine squad list 2016/17: 

 


Senior Team 

Alex Barounos

Alex Tilley

Alice MacAulay

Cara Brown

Charlie Guest

Dave Ryding

Graeme Price

Jack Gower

Jai Geyer

Max Baggio

Nick Moynihan

Nicole Ritchie

Roy Steudle

U21 Team

Anna Henderson

Arie Van Vuuren

Ashley Breese

Billy Major

Charlie Raposo

Darcie Mead

Ella Still

Euan Kick

Fraser Middleton

Honor Clissold

Iain Innes

Jessica Anderson

Kirsty Guest

Laurie Taylor

Megan Jenkins

Ollie Davies

Robert Poth

Yasmin Cooper

Zak Vinter


U18 Team

Abi Bruce

Alicja Krahelski

Angus Wills

Charlie Luke

Hannah Loeffen Gallagher

Kieran Troup

Matthew Heginbotham

Megan Riley

Olivia Ward

Shana Danenbergsons

Zach Hall

 

 

 

 




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