The youngster utilised experiences gained during a season of international competition to return home with two gold medals. This season has seen McCormick place in his first ever World Cup competitions as well as bag a couple of impressive top 10s at Europa Cup Events.
First came the 19 year olds victory at the Picture Big Air, where he performed a clean double cork 1260 with a true tail grab. For those not familiar with freestyle ling, this is 3.5 rotations where the head dips below the feet twice whilst grabbing the very end of the back of the ski, and as if that wasn’t mind boggling enough Chris had to land backwards.
The standard needed to take home the national title demonstrates the health of the sport in Great Britain, and in particular the effectiveness of the GB Park and Pipe Pathway programme. Chris was pushed hard for the win by Justin Taylor-Tipton and Sam Ward, who both threw doubles over the biggest kicker the Laax park had to offer.
Not content with just the one title, Chris flew out of the Slopestyle gate with real intent, and with more favourable conditions for the Slopestyle than during the Picture Big Air, the stage was set for quite the show. Stomping a super technical 270-on pretzel 270-out on the rail section, McCormick also stuck a mammoth right 1260 double blunt in the jumps, spinning his unnatural direction.
“Slope course was perfect today – three good jumps and a rail… what more could a boy ask for?!,” said McCormick. “There were many good skiers in the competition today, but I’m glad to take the title.”
Sam Ward took home the silver in a bitter-sweet week where he secured three medals, but none of them gold, a fantastic performance and we are sure he will duo one better in years to come. Harris Boothe took home the bronze with a smooth and stylish run.
Pam Thorburn taking the young guns back to school
Despite being eligible to race in the masters category, Pam Thorburn wasn’t going to let the young guns get the better of her. Forgoing almost certain victory in the masters, the World Cup racer chose to make a bid to regain the national title.
Pam coaches Ski Cross at The Cross Collective, and had a flock of budding racers in tow in Laax. After her seeding run in qualifying she expressed her joy that she had beaten all of her students in the time trial. The padawans all failed to match their teachers time, even despite their coach nursing a couple of fairly serious injuries she still managed to post the fastest time of the day by over a second.
“My shoulder is so wrecked, I’ve also got a couple of broken fingers I’ve got to sort out which is why I haven’t raced since January. Getting my body right is my only focus right now, but we got a bunch of podiums with some of the younger skiers as well, so I guess there’ll be some celebrating tonight.”
She added “it’s a lot of stress coaching and competing, but I thought, ‘I’m here, I might as well do it’” and it sure seemed to pay off for the former alpine skier who made the switch to Ski Cross in 2012.
The men’s event saw a new BRITS champion, with Jonathan Bingham fast in qualification and clinical in the final to stand atop the podium, with Seb Ison in second and Pete Speight stood on the third step wielding a pair of pipe skis.
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