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20 March 2017

Woods and Atkin Claim World Championships Medals

GB Park and Pipe secure yet more silverware at the FIS Freestyle World Champs in Sierra Nevada

The Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada finished on a high for GB Park and Pipe yesterday, as James 'Woodsy' Woods and Isabel Atkin both claimed bronze medals in the Ski Slopestyle Finals. Both riders have had their fair share of the spotlight this season; Woodsy became the first British skier to win X Games Gold and Izzy taking the first World Cup win for a female British freestyle skier.

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Woodsy was leading for most of the finals after putting down a killer second run, scoring 90.40, but was overtaken in the final run by eventual gold winner McRae Williams of the USA and compatriot Gus Kenworthy who took silver. In the women's Ski Slopestyle, Isabel Atkin pulled a fantastic third run out of the bag to climb up the rankings and take bronze behind French skier Tess Ledeux who took gold and Emma Dahlstrom from Sweden who claimed silver.

Check out when our Digital Editor Joe sat down with Woodsy to talk about his season so far and look forward to the upcoming Olympic Games.

For the other GB Park and Pipe skiers in the Slopestyle competition, Madi Rowlands finished 17th in the ladies competition and in the men’s event Tyler Harding finished 21st overall, with Cal Sandieson in 35th after making semis and Mike Rowlands in 48th place.

GB Park and Pipe Head Ski Coach Pat Sharples congratulated the GB Park and Pipe team at the end of the Championships: "This is an amazing finish to a tough week of competition. I couldn't be more proud of the whole team. Everyone came out and killed it and rode to the very best of their abilities."

The Squad performed well across all disciplines. A highlight coming on Friday evening, when Rowan Cheshire showed that she is back to being one of the World’s best female Halfpipe skiers finishing a fantastic sixth overall. After qualifying for the final, Cheshire showed that she is back at a level where she can challenge again for world-class podiums.

Madi Rowlands finished in 11th place and Molly Summerhayes in 15th position. For the men, Murray Buchan was the highest finishing Brit in 16th place and Pete Speight finished in 18th position.

In the Snowboard Big Air, Aimee Fuller landed a new trick in qualification, narrowly missing out on finals and finishing 18th overall. In the men’s competition Matt McCormick finished 27th overall and Jamie Nicholls in 48th place.

Elsewhere, GB Park and Pipe Pathway snowboarders Billy Cockrell, Fin Bremner, Henry Shackleton, Glen Ironside, and Cerys Allen were all in action at the Slopestyle and Halfpipe Europa Cup in Laax. Cerys Allen impressed in the Slopestyle finishing in 5th place and in the men’s competition, Ironside had the best result for GB Park and Pipe, finishing in 27th place with Shackleton in 39th and Cockrell in 48th place. In the halfpipe Glen Ironside finished in 32nd place.

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