Ollie Davies becomes first ever British World Junior Ski Cross Champion after a stunning win in New Zealand. 

Ollie Davies arrived into the knockouts as sixth seed after qualifying, winning his quarter final race in great style. Davies then had a measured race in the semis to finish second and was placed in the final four for the final.

The 21-year-old had shown great form in Europa Cup competition with a podium last season. Gradually adapting to racing with the best in the world on the World Cup circuit too. This put him in a great position to bag a podium in New Zealand. 

Despite a bad starting gate position, due to his seeding, Davies had a flying start to launch himself into the lead from the first turn. The Brit was solid, and the rest of the pack had no chance to overtake him throughout the race. It was a comfortable win for Davies against Austria’s 2016 World Junior Champion Sandro Siebenhofer and Russian World Cup skier Maxim Virkhrov.

After the race, Davies told reporters how he executed his plan: “Everything went to plan; I was able to take it fairly easy in the quarters and semis, it wasn’t a grind and then it was quite a long wait until the final.”

“I was in the far-right gate for the final but I had my best start ever and was able to lead into the first turn. I didn’t have to fight at all. I’m really happy with how it all panned out.”

This win will be a massive confidence boost for Davies going into the full winter season on the Europa and World Cup circuits. 
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Hall grabs Bronze

Davies’ gold wasn’t Britain’s first Ski Cross World Juniors medal – that honour went to Elliane Hall who claimed bronze in the female final behind Canada’s Mikayla Martin and Mazie Hayden of the USA.

Hall, who had only turned 17 two weeks before the championships, was seeded third after a very good qualifying round. She won her way to the semi-finals and qualified in second place. 

Team mate Emma Peters also qualified for the final and was on course for a podium finish until she crashed heavily. This allowed Hall to capitalise and claim third. According to the British Ski and Snowboard federation, Peters was taken to hospital, but has been since cleared of serious injury.

Hall not only claimed the bronze medal, but also received the award for highest-finishing under-18 athlete. She will be looking to convert this early season form into Europa Cup results this winter.

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Muir impresses in Ski Big Air final

Britain’s Kirsty Muir was just edged out of a top-three finish in the Ski Big Air final after the third and final run. Despite missing out on a medal, Muir still claimed the best Under-18 result of the competition. 

She was the youngest competitor in the field at only 14 years of age and was competing against athletes who have X Games, Youth Olympic and World Cup titles and experience to their names. The future looks very bright for Muir. 

Team GB’s Junior Ski and Snowboard team will compete in the many other events during the World Junior Championships, keep up to date on our news page and social media.