GB Snowsport has confirmed the 48-person squad that will represent Britain on the international race circuit for the 2021/22 season which includes the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in China in February 2022.
The team will be hoping to build on successes in the recently completed 2-21 season which included a third career World Cup podium for 34-year-old Dave Ryding at Adelboden in January and in the Europa Cup a Gold for Charlie Guest in the Finals in Reiteralm, meaning she has now won more Europa Cup races than any other British Alpine athlete.
In addition, Billy Major was crowned Europa Cup Champion in a season which saw him moved up to the World Cup squad. Laurie Taylor, meanwhile, secured his first ever Europa Cup podium position with victory in the Slalom at Val Cenis.
The squad also features seven new athletes named in the FIS squad for the first time, while 22-year-old Max Vaughton is promoted to the Europa Cup squad after a promising 2020/21 season which included an excellent first-place finish in the Men’s Alpine combined at the Santa Caterina FIS races in February.
Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport Alpine Director, said: “This is a pivotal season for Britain’s Alpine athletes, and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to name such a strong squad to represent the nation. Last year was an incredibly challenging year for everybody in our sport, but in the face of difficult circumstances British Alpine athletes showed the world that they are capable of making their mark on the biggest stages. Congratulations to all our athletes on their selection, and particularly so to the seven young skiers who feature for the first time.”
The 2021/22 Alpine World Cup Season is scheduled to begin on 23rd October with the Giant Slalom World Cup Opener in Sölden, Austria.
British Alpine Ski World Cup Squad 21/22
Female: Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley
Male: Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor
Europa Cup Squad
Female: Reece Bell
Male: Jack Gower, Leo Karavasili, Rob Poth, Roy Steudle, Max Vaughton*, Owen Vinter, Zak Vinter
Female: Emelia Ackerley, Abi Bruce, Daisi Daniels, Alexa Elliff, Sophie Foster, Giselle Gorringe†, Lois Jackson, Darcie Mead, Victoria Palla, Isla Ward, Sarah Woodward, Julia Wordley,
Male: Diaco Abrishami, Seb Avent, Will Beney, Tom Butterworth, Toby Case, Jack Cunningham, Jake Doyle, Lucas Ellis**, Ed Guigonnet, Rob Holmes, Georgie Honeybone†, Tom Hudson, Calum Langmuir, Max Laughland, Christian McCourtie**, Kaylan Huisman Muro, Thomas Rampton, Dominic Shackleton**, Ted Slade, Jack Upton**, Aidan Urquhart**, Arie Van Vuuren, Oli Weeks.
* Promoted from 2020/21 FIS Squad
** New Entrant (2004 YOB)
† New Entrant (2003 YOB)
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