Slalom and Downhill Racing: Tignes’ British National Alpine Ski Championships

The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships 2016 is taking place in Tignes all this week. Here’s the round-up of Downhill and Slalom racing…

The Delancey Men’s National Junior Championship Downhill Race saw Max Baggio claim his first win of the Championships, following three silver medal finishes so far at the Championships. Iain Innes carried on his domination of the Men’s Under 18 category by, again, climbing the top step of the podium.

After being pushed down into second place in the previous day’s National Downhill Championships, Baggio took the win today in a time of 1.15.45 minutes. Behind Baggio, in second, was Ollie Davies in a time of 1.16.12, and in third position was Paul Henderson who finished in 1.16.64.

Men's downhill ski racing
Men’s Podium: Davies (L), Baggio (C), Henderson (R), Vanessa Fry Photography

For the Under 18 men, Innes reigned supreme again to win the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup, beating his closest Under 18 compatriot, Zak Vinter, by nearly a second. After his Under 18 NJC Super G win and finishing as fastest Under 18 male in the NC Super G and yesterday’s NC Downhill, Innes finished in a time of 1.17.47, with Vinter clocking a time of 1.18.32. Leonidas Karavasili finished in third place in a time of 1.20.03.

Max Baggio said after his win: “It’s a good feeling – I’m happy to finally get the win. I was happy with the top section, I came to the Rossignol jump and then there was a compression and I got a bit low and late there but apart from that I was happy with it. When I crossed the finish line I thought my time was probably good enough to win, although there is always a chance the other guys could have caught me. I’m happy with how I’ve done in all the speed events this week. I was happy with my downhill run on Tuesday, even though it was only second place – it was solid.”
Day five of the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships saw the two Charlies reign supreme, with a win for Charlie Raposo in the Men’s National Championships GS and for Charlie Guest in Ladies’ National Championships Slalom.

Charlie Guest continued her strong end to the season by claiming the crown of Delancey British Ladies National Slalom Champion as she dominated the race in a combined time of 1.34.10. With closest rival Alex Tilley skiing out on run one, none of the other British competitors could get close to Guest, who recently recorded an impressive 9th place in a Europa Cup race in La Molina.

Charlie Guest Slalom ski race
Charlie Guest, by Vanessa Fry Photography

Taking second place in the NC Ladies’ Slalom was Nicole Ritchie (1.39.75), who was lying in third place after run one, but managed to climb above Ella Still (1.39.92) in the second run to take the silver, with Still being pushed down into third. The fastest Under 18 award went to Yasmin Cooper (1.45.56), who continued her successful Championships run.

Charlie Guest said after her win: “It’s a really cool feeling to win the national title.
 I knew it was going to be really tight between me and Alex [Tilley] and it’s a shame she didn’t finish. But it was a really good race and it’s great to be back on top of the podium. Theres definitely room for improvement because none of us are winning World Cups yet, so there is work to be done. 

“It was difficult conditions, especially in the second run, so I’m pleased that we even got the race done. The season has been slightly turbulent for me. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc back in October and so those last three months of the year I was off skis and having to rehab. But then as soon as we got into the end of January, February and March it got better and better.Myself, my team and my family have put so much into it and we’re really happy that we’ve had PB results over the past few weeks and we have been able to take the win here.”

In the Delancey British Men’s National Championships Slalom, Charlie Raposo put in two solid runs to claim the British title, finishing in a combined time of 2.11.49, just under a second faster than Max Baggio (1.12.34) who took silver. Raposo led the British field after run one with Baggio just ahead of Jai Geyer who had a strong first run. In run two Geyer got caught off balance and span out towards the bottom of the course, allowing Paul Henderson, who had two solid runs, to sneak in and take third after both runs in a time of 2.12.83.

Charlie Raposo said after his win: “It feels nice to win the title again – I won it two years ago in Meribel, so it’s good to get it back. There’s always room for improvement but I was putting everything on the edge and almost missed the last gate, so I lost a bit of time there. It’s all a work in progress.

GS is my strongest discipline, so I’m glad to win the title.The season has been going well for me. There have been a lot of ups and downs but I have been learning a lot and trying to just be more aware of what I’m doing.
 Thats definitely helping me towards the end of the season and I’m trying to bring the right approach into every race.
 Ive made a few changes to my programme and my skiing which is helping.

 Im looking forward to skiing the slalom tomorrow – it looks like a fun hill so it should be a good race.
 Dave [Ryding] is obviously pretty good but I want to just hammer and see how it stacks up. You can’t really control it before it happens.”

Full results can be found here 

Katie Downs

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