2016 SLOPESTYLE RESULTS & REVIEW (SKI)
British Ski Slopestyle Results 2016 (Download PDF)
Men Open: 1st Harris Booth, 2nd Tyler Harding, 3rd Chris McCormick
Women Open: 1st Katie Summerhayes, Madi Rowlands, 3rd Jodie Grant
See pdf for full age category results and times
SKI SLOPESTYLE STARS SHINE AT THE BRITS
Over two days in Laax at the BRITS 2016, the skiers overcame the weather to battle it out in the British Slopestyle Championships, where Katie Summerhayes and Harris Booth claimed the overall British Champions’ Titles.
With tricky weather over two days, the women were able to complete one run on Wednesday on the full Slopestyle course, with GB Park and Pipe athlete Katie Summerhayes claiming the Champions’ crown. With the weather closing in, the men weren’t able to complete their run, meaning competition rolled over to Thursday. The weather gods were still not playing ball though, with the men’s competition having to change to the riders hitting a choice of three rails at the top of the Slopestyle course. The level of rail riding was high across all age categories, with the riders pushing each other to the next level.
After an impressive and creative first hit from Tyler Harding with a switch disaster 2 on to pretzel 2 off, it wasn’t until the third run when eventual winner Harris Booth took the competition to another level with a lipside 450 on to 450 off. His solid and technical riding meant he could stand on the top of the podium, with the bronze medal going to Chris McCormick who pulled off a 450 on to front 2 off in his third and final run.
After winning the British Champion title, Harris Booth said: “I don’t think I have ever beaten Tyler before so I am really stoked. I have been based in Laax this season, so I know the jumps well, so it shame we couldn’t hit them today. Saying that, we got to have three runs so I think we did the best we could today despite conditions.”
In the ladies’ competition, one run decided the British titles. Katie Summerhayes showed why she is one of the world’s best female Slopestyle skiers by putting down an impressive run on the big jumps. After a switch 540 on the first jump and a left 360 tail grab on the second jump, she pulled out her impressive signature move on the last jump with a 720 japan. The youngest athlete on the GB Park and Pipe team, Madi Rowlands showed why she claimed a double podium at the Youth Winter Olympic Games earlier this season by putting down a big run on the Slopestyle course to claim silver. Her tweaked mute 720 was the pick of the bunch, as well as a huge air out of the quarterpipe. The bronze medal went to young Jodie Grant who took third with a switch 180, left 360 and left 720.
Summerhayes was stoked to stand on top of the podium: “I am stoked to be back in Laax. The last time I was here was when I was 16 I was British Champion then, so it is great to come back and win again! With the weather I just put my safe run down, so I thought Madi would be close to me. My run wasn’t super clean, I haven’t skied this course in 5 weeks. But props to the other girls cos that course wasn’t easy.”
With 36 skiers under 16 tackling the Slopestyle course, The BRITS again confirms itself as a breeding ground for young talent. With GB Park and Pipe’s best skiers riding along side the UK’s hottest young talent, there is no surprise that this year’s BRITS is creating a buzz amongst the athletes. In the ladies competition, stand out young athlete was Kirsty Muir, who at just 12 years old, was hitting the medium jumps and comfortably landing 720s, making her one to watch in the world of British freestyle skiing. In the men’s contest, Under 12 skier Bradley Fry was charging the jumps to win his age category and Felix Klein won the Under 16 category with solid rail runs.
British Ski Slopestyle Championships Results
Men: 1st – Harris Booth, 2nd – Tyler Harding, 3rd – Chris McCormick
Women 1st – Katie Summerhayes, 2nd – Madi Rowlands, 3rd – Jodie Grant
Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2016 picture galleries at www.facebook.com/britsfestival, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day’s competition.
The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive Partners: LAAX, Swiss International Air Lines, Switzerland Tourism, Swiss Travel System and British Ski & Snowboard (BSS).