2016 HALFPIPE RESULTS & REVIEW (SKI)
British Ski Halfpipe Results 2016 (Download PDF)
Men Open: 1st Peter Speight, 2nd Murray Buchan, 3rd Tyler Harding
Women Open: 1st Madi Rowlands, 2nd Emma Lonsdale, 3rd Kirsty Muir
See pdf for full age category results and times
HIGH STANDARDS FOR BRITISH HALFPIPE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SNOWY LAAX
After half a metre of snow fell overnight, the Laax halfpipe shapers worked overtime to prepare the world-class pipe for the British Halfpipe Championships. With a host of GB Park and Pipe skiers tackling the huge pipe, the level of riding was super high across all age categories. For the men it was Peter Speight who put in two huge clean runs to claim the British title and for the women, Madi Rowlands took victory, showing why she was the recent Winter Youth Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medallist.
In the men’s competition it was always going to be a tight contest between GB Park and Pipe riders Murray Buchan and Pete Speight, but after Buchan fell on a double attempt in run two, it was Speight who reigned supreme to take the title with his second run of a safety 9, a 9 tailgrab right mute, switch left 7 japan flat to 5 japan to a final left mute 7. Buchan’s run of a huge 9 tailgrab, 5 with safety grab, flair safety, 7 inside tailgrab, a solid switch cork 7 japan and alley-oop 5 japan got him the silver medal. Taking the bronze medal was Tyler Harding who did his first run in a pair of Tottenham Hotspur boxer shorts (and nothing else) after losing a bet with GB Park and Pipe coach Jamie Matthew. Tyler put down a technical run of a flair, alley oop mute, 360, switch 360, cork 9 tail, flat 5 japan and flair safety on this first run.
Speight said after his win: “It was a good day up there. We were lucky with the weather and it feels good to top the podium. It is my first win here at The BRITS so I am stoked. Murray and I compete together all season, so we both know the level of each other. We’ve beaten each other in the past, so it really could have gone either way today. We travel and compete against each other a lot and we are good friends, and to be honest it could have gone either way today.”
In the ladies’ competition, unsurprisingly World Cup level skier and Youth Winter Olympic gold medallist Madi Rowlands took the win with a huge straight air, an alley-oop air, a tail grab, alley-oop 5, straight air, 360 and switch straight air. Behind Rowlands was 10-time British Champion and seasoned halfpipe veteran, Emma Lonsdale who put down a huge mute grab, a safety, alley-oop three, switch straight air, a 540 and an alley-oop 360. There were some jaws dropping in the crowd when 11 year old Kirsty Muir took to the pipe. Putting down a second run of a straight air, alley-oop, another alley-oop, a 540, a 360 and a switch, she wowed the judges to take third place and the bronze medal. An amazing achievement for her age.
Rowlands was stoked after collecting her gold medal: “There is no doubt that I am really happy. I didn’t really feel much pressure because I have been doing World Cups so to be honest I just enjoyed shredding with the younger athletes and showing them what it is like. I was so happy for Kirsty taking the bronze, she definitely deserved it. To see her throwing the tricks she did at her age is amazing.”
In the younger age groups, there was some exceptional riding. Chris McCormick put in two solid runs to win the Under 18 category and finish 4th overall, and in the men’s under 16 category, Sam Gaskin looked super strong to take the age group wins. In the under 12s male category, brothers Maximus and Hugo Metzgen went huge on both runs to finish first and third respectively, with the impressive Bradley Fry being sandwiched between the two brothers. For the ladies, Jodie Grant was second behind Madi Rowlands and Madi’s sister Lexi Rowlands looked technically solid to finish behind Kirst Muir in the girls Under 12 category.
British Ski Halfpipe Championships Results
Men: 1st – Pete Speight, 2nd – Murray Buchan, 3rd – Tyler Harding
Women 1st – Madi Rowlands, 2nd – Emma Lonsdale, 3rd – Kirsty Muir
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.
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