UK Sport increase their financial support to athletes with podium potential

The 2016/17 season was a record season for British Ski and Snowboard. Our athletes bought home more silverware last season than ever before, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. UK Sport, the nation’s high-performance sport agency, remains confident Great Britain can achieve its best ever Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at PyeongChang 2018.

MATT GEORGES

Ski and Snowboard are amongst three disciplines that will receive increased National Lottery funding following an investment review focussing on winter Olympic sports and which of our elite athletes are in medal contention. Short Track Speed Skating and Wheelchair Curling will also receive a boost in investment.

In recognition of his fantastic 16/17 slalom season, Dave Ryding’s status has been upgraded to “Podium”, along with cross country skier Andrew Musgrave.

Finishing 8th in the overall World Cup standings, Ryding collected a historic 2nd place in Kitzbühel, which was the best result by a British Alpine skier since 1981, along with a handful of top 10 finishes. Musgrave, who is supported by the SportScotland institute of sport, demonstrated Olympic medal potential at the Nordic World Ski Championship with a 4th place finish.  

Freestyle skier Izzy Atkin has seen her “Podium Potential” place upgraded to “Podium”. The teenager impressed this year becoming the first British female skier to win a World Cup Slopestyle event in Silvaplana, Italy. Izzy rounded off her season with a Woods and Atkin Claim World Championships Medals in Sierra Nevada, Spain, proving her podium potential.

The changes mean the total award increase for Ski and Snowboard is £211,567 and two new disciplines with medal potential will now receive National Lottery investment.

To find out more about our elite athletes head to the BSS website or check out our Racing Riding News news section.