The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships 2016 is taking place in Tignes all this week. Here’s the round-up of the first thrilling day of competition…
Day one of the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships 2016 saw bright sunshine bless the Tignes race piste for the National Championships and National Junior Championships Super G.
In the Delancey British National Championships, despite feeling under the weather, Billy Major put in a storming run to claim the crown of British National Super G Champion in the men’s race with a time of 1.24.61. Just behind him, by two hundreds of a second, was Max Baggio (1.24.63) and in third place was Paul Henderson (1.25.63). Iain Innes was the fastest Under 18 athlete.
Henderson then went on to get his revenge in the Delancey British National Junior Championships Super G, blowing away the British field to take the overall title in a time of 1.24.12. Baggio was again just behind in second place, finishing in a time of 1.24.68.
Taking third overall and the title of Under 18 Delancey British National Junior Super G Champion was Iain Innes, fresh from his recent appearance at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. In second place for the Under 18s in the NJC was Zak Vinter in a time of 1.29.21, with Lloyd Chapman just behind him in 1.29.63.
Paul Henderson said: “I’m just really happy. Super-G is a discipline I haven’t trained that much in this year but every time I’ve trained it, I have felt really confident on the skis. You come here and you want to do the best you can against all your peers, so while the first race wasn’t as good as I might have liked, the second race went exactly as I wanted. I gave it everything and it paid off, so I’m happy. The result gives me confidence especially heading into the downhill now and hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the week.”
Iain Innes said: “It’s been a pretty good day for me to be honest – I’m really happy. The first run was the National Championships, which didn’t go brilliantly for me, and I wasn’t as close to the winner as I wanted to be. But on the second run for the Junior Championship I absolutely nailed it. There was one tiny mistake but I had forgotten about it by the time I had got to the end and other than that, I skied as well as I can. For me this Championship is about the U18 stuff and taking as many medals as I can – I’ve sort of set myself a target of winning everything in the U18s but it will be tough.”
In the Ladies’ Delancey British National Championships Super G, World Cup athlete Alex Tilley claimed the title with a speedy time of 1.25.25. Just behind Tilley was Cara Brown, fresh from her recent win in Bardonecchia, who clocked a time of 1.26.75. Third spot went to Natalia Harte. Yasmin Cooper won the Under 18 Super G title.
In the Ladies’ Delancey British National Junior Championships Super G, Jessica Anderson (U18) gave the U21 category a run for their money finishing with a solid run of 1.29.37 winning the overall title. Only a fraction of a second behind her was Yasmin Cooper who clocked a time of 1.29.62, taking second place in both the overall and Under 18categories. Third overall was Giulia Harte who finished in a time of 1.30.35, with the third fastest Under 18 skier being Esmie Davies who finished in 1.31.75.
Alex Tilley said: “I didn’t really know what to expect going in to today. I really enjoy Super-G but I don’t do much of it, so it was a little bit of a case of ‘see what happens’. But I trained a couple of days for it and was happy with the speed I was carrying, so pleased to get the job done today. Cara and I are really good friends and I want the best for her. I know she would have wanted the win today but it feels good to be in the No.1 spot. I hope to get more titles this week. The technical events are where I’m most comfortable, so I feel good going into those and I have been skiing well over the past month.”
Jessica Anderson said: “It’s amazing to win the Junior title, especially after last year when I crashed out and injured myself. I was a bit nervous and in the first run I had a bit of a fall but the second run was good. I could have gone faster because I didn’t let my skis run as much as I wanted at the end but it was good on the whole. I think I’m getting back to where I was and this summer I’m going to build back up again and get even stronger to avoid injuries. I’d like to do what I did last year, which was to win nearly everything, so that would be good. Last year was my first downhill and this will be my second one so hopefully it will be good.”
Full results: http://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/results.html
Picture by Vanessa Fry