The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships 2016 is taking place in Tignes all this week. Here’s the round-up of Downhill Day racing…
Downhill Day for the female racers at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships 2016 in Tignes saw Alex Tilley again on the podium top spot.
The women tackled the Downhill course twice in one day, with both the Ladies’ Delancey National Championships and the Ladies’ Delancey National Junior Championships taking place today.
In the Ladies’ National Championships, Alex Tilley (1.16.50) was crowned Delancey British National Downhill Champion, beating her friend and rival Cara Brown into second place (1.17.25). Yasmin Cooper put in another solid performance to take third in a time of 1.18.65 and claim the prize for the fastest Under 18 athlete.
Cooper’s good day continued as she took the Delancey British National Downhill Junior Champion title in a time of 1.19.70, beating off challenges from Jessica Anderson (1.20.22) who took second and Erika Heginbotham (1.23.35) who finished third. Although not in contention for the podium prizes in the NJC, Cara Brown (1.17.67) got her revenge following the NC, just nudging out Alex Tilley (1.17.82) to win the race overall.
Alex Tilley said: “I had a couple of problems in both the training runs yesterday and to be honest, I didn’t nail it today either but I was quite happy with most of the course. It would be nice to do the clean sweep – I did it before, about three or four years ago and it was a pretty good feeling. I think maybe the competition is a bit harder though – I know Charlie Guest will be here for the slalom and she is skiing really well at the moment, getting some good results in the Europa Cup.
Doing the speed events is definitely an experience! The snow was very fast, which can play with your head as you’re heading into the big gates and things like that. It has definitely been good fun and I would like to spend a bit more time training it and learning it.”
Yasmin Cooper said: “It feels amazing to have done so well. I think if you had told me I was going to come to these races and get these results, I don’t think I would have believed you to be honest. I’ve always been a bit tentative with downhill and I tried to do this downhill last year, but I crashed, so to come back and face it again was a really good feeling to know I’ve overcome it.
I didn’t really expect to pick up any senior medals coming into the Championships, but obviously I hoped to and it was something I was striving for. I feel really good ahead of the tech events and really confident. I’ll do some training to get myself ready and hopefully I can pick up even more medals.”
In the Men’s National Championships, Roy Steudle fought off strong competition from the British field to secure the Delancey British National Downhill Champion crown, finishing in a time of 1.14.13. Just behind him was Max Baggio who clinched second spot in 1.14.53, and Ollie Davies who stood on the podium for the first time at these Championships, finishing in a time of 1.15.41. Iain Innes was the fastest Under 18 athlete, clocking a time of 1.16.46.
Roy Steudle said: “I was quite nervous because my training runs went well and that means there is a sense of expectation there. All in all it was a solid run and it was probably as good as I could ski. I’m here to win and it’s a race, so I was pleased to get gold.
I just want to try and produce some solid runs in the giant slalom because I haven’t been skiing that well recently. Just being able to do what I can do in training – I would be happy with that. I’m not too worried about beating people.”
Full results from today’s Downhill races will be posted on the British Ski and Snowboard website: www.teambss.org.uk or they can be found on the FIS website http://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/results.html