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Innsbruck, Austria

Ski Sunday comes from Innsbruck for the Air and Style big air competition. There are also highlights from Stockholm of the city slalom World Cup races.


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There is a contradiction in snowboard, up close and personal the

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riders look normal. They're not physical giants stacked with muscle,

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they're is not intensely focused, blocking their next move at the

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expense of their rivals. Snowboarding is fun and it would be

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ashamed to take it too seriously. Right?

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Wrong. For all the banter and camaraderie, everything changes when

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you're stood up here, just a massive kicker and the heavens in which to

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apply your trade. This is where the snowboarder gets down to business.

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The athleticism and creativity is off the charts and the distinction

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between risk and reward is so clear. In this environment progression is

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king. What's considered impossible today will be standard fare before

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you know it. And that is why the riders push their limits time and

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again laying it all on the line. And there's the contradiction.

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Perhaps it's because they snowboarder's concept of normal is

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anything but. Hello and welcome to Innsbruck, we

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are here for the Air Style, an event whose name says it all. Yes,

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the best snowboarders in the world are throwing down in the legendary

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big air contest and it's the first time that female riders have been

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invited to ride the kicker. We have got live music and a massive crowd.

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This event has it all. Later in the show we have highlights from the

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Stockholm city event, a parallel slalom battle that pits the race

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against race in a unique alpine skiing format. And with Dave Ryding

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in the elite of slalom racing, regularly taking X Games and welcome

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medals, Graham and Jenny bring you a report into how we develop young

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talent both alpine and freestyle disciplines. First it is the big air

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from Innsbruck and Ed has been getting the lowdown on who is here

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and what we have to look forward to. Air Style is one of the oldest and

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most prestigious contests in snowboarding and attracts the

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biggest names in the game. An impressive line-up of live acts, and

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the biggest and critically most knowledgeable crowd you'll ever find

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at a snowboard event, who will tonight be screaming at this jump.

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Air Style Innsbruck is probably one of the oldest snowboard contests

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and to be part of it is awesome. It is like almost a legendary event, I

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can say, which makes it extra special for me. If you win the Air

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Style in Innsbruck everybody knows about it and talks to you. It is

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like the famous race in Kitzbuhel in skiing, that is what Air Style is

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in Innsbruck. Air Style started here in 1994 in Innsbruck set up by

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two friends, Andrew Osmond and Charly Weger who did it for their

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friends, and there was no way they could imagine the global spectacle

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it would become today. The first year was all over the place, we had

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no idea what we were doing, I was a snowboard photographer at the time

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and we had a stupid idea of doing a small event in Innsbruck. Since then

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I guess it has grown all over the world. The one thing that makes

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Innsbruck so unique is the crowd. Do you think that's the part of the

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recipe you couldn't predict? Yes, that is what happened first time

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around, we expected a few hundred people on Monday evening and 5000

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turned up and it was just like out-of-control and crazy and that is

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Innsbruck for you, it is a snowboard city. You've had women riding the

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hip jump before but this is the first time men and women have

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competed equally on the kicker as well. That is a huge milestone. Yes

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and it's about time. Back in the 90s the girls were not ready for it and

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we had some injuries back then and decided to stop. You've seen now

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over the last few years since the Olympics in Sochi that the girls are

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right up there developing really well so they absolutely deserve to

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be part of Air Style. Women snowboarding is amazing now, there

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are so many girls and boys trying harder and difficult tricks and

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progressing way faster which is awesome to see. I wish we had been

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here earlier but I think they needed us to see we are ready for these

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ramps. It is so important for women's progression. In this event I

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tried a new trick yesterday and I think it's going in the right

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direction. We haven't had an Austrian winner

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here since 2001, how does irk with the crowd go if Anna wins? They will

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go crazy because it's been a long time and everyone has been waiting

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for an Austrian to win, so let's hope it works out. All of the girls

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are really good riders and I know I have to throw down my best tricks to

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be able to win. Everybody will be cheering for her and wanting her to

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win but I have people supporting me, I have my hyper crew supporting me,

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so I will have to block all the other things out and concentrate on

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my runs and hopefully it will go my way. There are three of us here,

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usually it's just Billy, and we have stayed up late at night whether it

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has been and watched it. This morning when the girls are training

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we had a good crew of us and got really hyped up about it.

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It's the heaviest hitters here. Yeah, the top ten guys are here, so

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it's always a heavy hitting contest, for sure. OK, predictions? Yuki has

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been off for a bit, Cleveland and Max. I reckon that is your podium.

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And EU, where do you fit in to it? I don't know, just in between them

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somewhere -- and you. It's always a very special event,

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unique contest. With the women competing on the kicker for the

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first time and in Snowboard Big Air, and Olympic discipline, does that

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wrap up expectation? It does but this is the Air Style, one of the

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biggest contests in the world and you have 30 of the worlds best men

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and 18 of the worlds best women and a credit to the UK we have three

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riders, Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan, a veteran of Air Style and Katie

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Ormerod, a woman in there for the first time. You mentioned Katie

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Ormerod, in fantastic form, she won the World Cup in Moscow, big air and

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third in the X Games slopestyle, can she podium tonight? She could win.

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She's one of the most consistent female riders there is. Billy Morgan

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was the first man to land the quad core, were people that out of his

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locker on this jump? No, Billy did the quad core and put it in a box

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and put it under his bed. He wanted it as a milestone but not something

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he wants to pull out all the time. That said, Marcus Cleveland and Max

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Power, both threw down quad corks in competition for the first time last

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weekend at the X Games and that has definitely changed the landscape of

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big air. I think it is going to be one of those two in first place.

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With only 30 men and eight women in the competition vying for 12 spots

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in the final, the qualifying rounds have been any credible contest in

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their own right. Ed has been watching it for us.

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On Friday night the men's field was whittled down from 30 to 16 riders

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with all of the top names making it through, including both Brits Billy

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Morgan and Rowan Coultas. Saturday's semifinals were contested in tricky

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conditions with the high wind making clean runs a premium. The big names,

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however, made it through, with the exception of you Kaikai. No.

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Sebastien to Tom recovered recklessly from huge slam in the

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first run to scrape through to the final and was joined by not one but

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two Brits, Billy Morgan might have expected to progress, but Rowan

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Coultas is enjoying the competition of his life, spirits are high

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amongst the British boys. The best day ever! In the women's semis only

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four riders could make it through to the finals and the big surprise was

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home favourite temple -- Turn 2's failure. Britain's Katie Ormerod

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just made it through to join them in fourth place but will have to raise

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her game to compete for the win. The standard has been set and now it

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is finals time. First up it is the women. The riders get three jumps

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with the top two scores added together and the highest combined

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score winning. The judges were looking for technical difficulty and

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clean landings. I'm sure Ed is looking for creative flair, but both

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of us will have our fingers quietly crossed for some British success.

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Enni Rukajarvi will be the first woman to drop in on the kicker here

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at Innsbruck Air Style. The fin has been very selective about the

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contests she enters. She winds up switch, frontside 720, or cab 720

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with indie grab a very clean. This is the trick that qualified her in

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first place. You can see the control she has got over it there. She lands

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squarely over the board, beautiful first jump from Enni Rukajarvi. 86

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points is a great marker from the Finn. Cena Kendrick of the last time

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you would have seen this woman she was putting Jenny Jones for the

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bronze medal in Sochi. She has a frontside tent in her bag. What is

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she winding up for? Frontside 720 tell grab and she lands beautifully.

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Another very, very clean jump here in the first runs. The grab is so

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hard to get on the tail. She holds it. 80.3. The third woman to drop,

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one of the other states women of snowboarding. She has done video

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parts, web series, she has gone most of the contest. Very nice switch

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backside 40 but she didn't get enough speed. She finishes with a

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very elegant penguin slide but is not going to count for anything --

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backside 540. Katie Ormerod, qualified in fourth, just snuck in.

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The cab 900 is her hardest trick. Is she going to open with that? She is

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dropping in switch. Yes, winds up into it. Beautifully put down. The

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grab was maybe a little short but she is so, so solid on those

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landings. Beautiful. The mute grab in the middle. She just gets it in,

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90 degrees to the spin. The landing and amplitude were there. The height

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she got on the trick, 82.3, second place for Katie Ormerod. Run number

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two. Enni Rukajarvi looking to capitalise on that great first run

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score. She won the Lienz open two weeks ago and the World Cup last

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week. Backside 720. Oh! She was so lucky then. This landing early on

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was very soft. It has hardened up a little bit as the temperature has

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dropped. That is what held her up there. So that score, 50.3, not what

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she was looking for. That she does sit in first. Sina Candrian warming

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up a backside spin, backside and frontside are denoted by the

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direction of the rotation as you leave the kicker. Backside because

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she has turned her back on the landing. Backside 540 Domino grab

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and a little bit sketchy on the landing. She didn't look comfortable

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at all. Run two down to experience for both Sina Candrian and Enni

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Rukajarvi. There is a great chance for Katie Ormerod to take advantage

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of these scores. What can Katie lay down? Dropping in full wets, Goofy

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footed rider with the right foot forwards, backside 720, tiny bit in

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the back-seat but she controlled landing beautifully again. --

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dropping in forwards. That's the strongest of the second run tricks

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so far and will almost certainly be rewarded with first place. A woman

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who learned her trade in Castleford gets a 64 and that bumps her up from

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third into first place. Look how much that means to her. It is all

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going to come down to these third jumps here in Innsbruck. Run three,

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Enni Rukajarvi, so much style, such good technical ability. Dropping in

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forwards, going for the backside 720 again. She's gone huge and she

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controlled that spin beautifully. She got a really really strong grab,

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and then you will see she just wallops out the front leg,

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straightens it there. And styles it out and pulls it back in with out

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letting grow of the -- letting go of the grab. Sitting really deep into

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the landing. 90.34 Enni Rukajarvi and the Finn moves back into first

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place ahead of Katie Ormerod. It is Sina Candrian, her weak second

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jumper. Can she follow Enni Rukajarvi and capitalise on her

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third run? She winds up into the same backside 720 this time and she

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has sat down. Disappointment for Sina Candrian, that guarantees Katie

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Ormerod is second but can she make it first? Rowan Coultas and Billy

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Morgan enjoying the show behind her as she drops in.

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Just a little bit short! It was beautiful. The grab was really

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strong. It is a super technical trick but she just under rotated. It

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feels amazing. It is so good that girls can do this. To get the first

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podium as well is amazing. You are podium material now? Yes, it feels

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great. It is definitely a boost to my confidence. What an incredible

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women's final. If Katie had landed that last jump, could she have

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wrestled the lead back? Definitely. She held the grab all the way

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through. That is critical. It is the best indicator of style and control.

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She just under rotated slightly. Enni Rukajarvi, you said she would

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be good? She has incredible technique. She is very stylish. It

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is also technical. A deserved win. The men are warming up. It is time

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for the men's final. We have two Brits in the next. Billy Morgan Dan

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Roan cultus. Three jumps, the best two count. Can we get another bread

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on the podium? Ed Leigh is the commentator.

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-- Brits. Marcus Kleveland qualified first, so he will drop first. He is

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very lied on his feet and incredibly precise. Four full horizontal

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rotations mixed with three vertical rotations. He creates a corkscrew

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spinning technique. That is the benchmark of a good finals rider.

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You have two have this trick down. 87.64 Marcus Kleveland on the first

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run. A very high marker from the young Norwegian. Max Parrot. He

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doesn't have the style and finesse of Marcus Kleveland body as a huge

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repertoire of tricks. He is going to set off with that benchmark trick we

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have seen from Marcus Kleveland. A triple cork mute. The mute is the

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grab. It is the landing that is immaculate. The spot said. Clean

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over the board. Centred. 89.6. Max Parrot moves into the lead. Next in,

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Billy Morgan. Southampton's finest. The Acrobat turned snowboarder who

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has phenomenal natural talent. Backside triple cork 40 nose grab

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air. The difference is he is going for the nose of his board. That

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slows the rotation down. He couldn't hold onto the landing.

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The first time Rowan Coultas has made the finals. 3.5 full spins. Two

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corkscrews. The Grabban that was beautiful. He was wielding the

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snowboarder like a scimitar. Absolutely beautiful. He stopped it.

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79 points. Now it is good enough for third place. Rowan cultus' dream

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continues. -- Rowan cultus. Michael Ciccarelli. They backside 1440.

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Another one. We are seeing the benchmark trick by everyone.

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Backside 40 triple cork mute. He controls this landing. It tries to

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get away from him. He manages to catch the toe edge and getaway.

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Third place. Enoch 's Rowan Coultas down to fourth. -- he knocks. Marcus

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Kleveland, set just behind Max Parrot. He wants to get his nose out

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in front. People need something very, very big. He knows what a wily

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competitor Max Parrot is. 4.5 full spins there. Sven Thorgren, the

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Swede, dropped his first jump. He went for a jump arguably harder than

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a triple cork. Willie go for the 1440 again? No.

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A 720, with his hands between his legs, then he slows the board stand,

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over rotates it. Then does another 360. There is so much going on in

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that trick, it is ridiculous. 15.6 from the first run. 83.3. It is the

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combine the score from two of the 3-runs that will count. All pressure

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on Sven Thorgren in the third run. Max Parrot looking to build on that

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immaculate first-round score. Cab 1620. What?! He made that look

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ridiculously easy. Three corkscrew rotations mixed in with 4.5 flat

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spins. His spatial awareness in the middle of that spin is absolutely

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phenomenal. He has added a 94.6. That has fired Max Parrot into

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nearly untouchable territory. Billy Morgan has got that fall from the

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first round. He desperately needs this. He has absolutely stomped

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that. Look at the style he has on the landing. He is flexing the nose

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of the board. What's the angle as he lands, his posture is perfect. --

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watch. Billy needed that. 81.6. He has got one more jump to really

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crank up that score. Rowan cultus in phrase second run after that magic

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first run. -- Rowan Coultas. Backside and 1216 nose grab air. He

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made that look so easy. -- 1260. Unbelievable. That blind landing. He

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spotted it just as he comes in there. Then he is blind through the

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last 180 degrees of that rotation. Rowan Coultas is riding absolutely

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out of his skin. Second place! 160.6. Michael suture rally --

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Michael Ciccarelli. Cab 1260, I think. Lovely grab on that.

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Absolutely beautiful. 75.3 though. Difficult to see where he got marked

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down. He does push Rowan Coultas down. Sebastien Toutant. The

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horrendous crash in the semifinals. Can he put it to bed? Jesse can!

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That is the tricky fell on in the semifinals. He fell on it in the

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first run in these finals. This man is a warrior. Horrific Slammy

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earlier on. He got back on the horse. Landed it perfectly. Open to

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sixth place. -- up into sixth place. Max Parrot is in a very strong

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position but it is all still to play for. This is the man who can

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realistically still catch him. Marcus Kleveland, the young

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Norwegian. Cab 1620. In some ways, not quite a corkscrew. Suddenly he

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gets is the end of that location -- rotation. Such incredible spatial

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awareness. The landing looked effortless. 92.3. It doesn't catch

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Max Parrot. Sven Thorgren, another one of the riders with a big second

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run score. He needs this third run if it is going to pushing up.

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Absolutely beautiful! The backside 1440. Flat Spon. That is actually

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win more technical than the corkscrew rotation. It is harder to

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slow the spin down. Pushes him into third place. Max Parrot sitting in

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first. What's he going to do? He has such a huge repertoire. Winds up. He

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holds onto the landing. It isn't as clean as either the backside 1440 or

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the 1620 whee saw. It won't improve the score. Billy Morgan needs this

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run if he's going to make it to the podium. Cab 1440 triple cork. That a

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new trick for Billy. He went absolutely all in there. He just

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misses this landing. He spotted and then he is blind through the last

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180. So close to getting there. 66 points. He improves massively on his

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score. But it is only enough for sixth place. Rowan Coultas, what can

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he add to his already stellar performance tonight? Backside at

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1260. So close. Look at the smile on his face. If you could bottle joy,

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it would look like that. Sebastien Toutant on, the last man to drop.

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Can he upset the podium? He started so badly. He has turned it around in

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the final. Frontside air triple cork 14. He can't put it down. If he had,

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that would have been one of the top spots without doubt.

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Confirmation of the result. That looked, from the first jump,

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that there wasn't a doubt in your mind? You look focused on winning.

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Yes, I was definitely focused. Focused on doing my best. Not

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necessarily on winning. The trick I did in the first jump. I was pretty

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stressed before. I went for it, landed and it worked out. The first

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time we have ever had a to Brits in an era in style final. You crusted?

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We did all right. How hard is it after you dropped the first, you

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went back and nailed the second? Is never a good thing. If you get your

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first jump, you get two tries on the second. You have two land the last.

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I could've done with another one but I'm happy to landed. First time

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stoked. With the world Alpine Skiing

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championships just around the corner, the Ski Jumping calendar has

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taken a break this weekend. The last event was on Tuesday night in

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Stockholm. Graham is the best of the action.

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The Stockholm city race is very different to a usual World Cup

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competition. It is a knockout format. Head-to-head racing decided

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after two short runs. Any time deficit is carried into the second

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round. The course is between slalom and giant slalom. Only the top 15

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skiers are invited. The men and women race on the same night. It all

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adds up to a pretty special night. The format is a throwback to Junior

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competition. The pressure of racing an opponent rather than the clock

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suit some rather than others. It was a huge surprise in the first heat

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when World Cup leader was taken out by his Norwegian opponent. He saw

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off Alexander Hirscher by several hundredths of a second. That was not

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the only surprise in round one. Henrik Kristoffersen -- Henrik

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Kristoffersen was beaten by Linus Strasser. The top three in the World

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Cup standings into the quarter finals. The door was ajar for day

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riding to register another World Cup podium. Perhaps better. -- day

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riding. Things were looking good for the bread as he got through the

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first round. In the semis, he met Aleksi Patja role, is supremely fast

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giant slalom racer. It was a case of close but not close enough for Dave.

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He was relegated to the other final. Linus Strasser marched through to

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the final. He saw of gross. It was Dave Ryding against Hagglund for

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third place. It was a fine result for Dave.

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In the final Linus Strasser's habit of upsetting the odds continue

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taking his first World Cup win, Pinturault settling for second. If

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the men's race was full of surprise the women's race was true to form.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, Veronika Velez Zuzulova Rover breezed into the

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semifinals on opposite sides of the draw and they were joined by home

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favourite and fellow Scandinavian. The semis proved one-sided affairs

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with Veronika Velez Zuzulova is a love and Mikaela Shiffrin setting of

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the battles for gold between the world's top two slalom racers and

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the American's domination continued as Mikaela Shiffrin grab the early

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lead forcing Veronika Velez Zuzulova Rover into a mistake. Next up for

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the racers it's the World Championships. We will have live

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coverage of all of the medal races from St Moritz with Ski Sunday

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extra. On the red button ABC sport website and app and unconnected TV.

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It all kicks off with the women's super-G on Tuesday at 10:45am. Full

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coverage details are on the winter sports index and the BBC's website.

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British snow sports are riding the crest of the way that the moment

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with Dave Ryding doing brilliantly in Alpine and hold team of writers

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excelling in is freestyle we decided to cast an eye to the future to see

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how both disciplines are developing the next generation of British

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talent. We have been taking a closer look.

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When I discovered snowboarding at 17 and I never even thought about a

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long-term career in the sport, I just really liked going riding with

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my friends. Little did I know that I would be a professional for over ten

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years. COMMENTATOR: Jenny Jones has just

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taken Britain's first-ever Olympic medal on snow.

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For young riders today GB Park and pipe have developed a clear pathway

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programme. Coaches can identify the best young talent across the UK and

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bring them into the performance pathway. From their the aim is to

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support them to reach the pinnacle, representing GB at the Winter

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Olympics. We have consciously created a vision for people to come

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in and start learning tricks with a view to competing in freestyle when

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you recognise the potential to be able to move into international

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level competition. It should be a seamless transition. You should get

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the kind of support you need all the way through the pathway. But most

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importantly, as an athlete you are still in charge. It's all about what

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makes you tick and what is fun for you. I've been involved with the

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setup of GB Park and pipe from the start and was looking after a lot of

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the athletes who are on the main team now when they first got into

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the sport, Katie Summerhays, it has been an amazing journey to come from

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that through to where they are now with the GB Park and pipe team. The

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setup we have now is the real deal. There was never any clear pathway

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but we have shown you can do it from the UK, people like Katie

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Summerhays, Ormerod, and now we have this pathway in place with a good

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programme behind it and people are achieving that.

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Alpine racing in Britain is very different. When I came through as a

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young ski racer there was a very competitive club structure with a

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clear pathway through to international competition.

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Graham Bell is running very well here. Yes, 12th, very, very good.

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Although the club structure still exists today the pathway has all

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been wiped out by funding cuts over the last six years, something that

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snow sport England has been trying hard to address.

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We have great numbers of kids racing at the moment. I think it is always

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a challenge in terms of Alpine with the funding that there is. To have

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that clear pathway for athletes to follow all the way through from when

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they are starting out on the dry slope here to progress onto snow and

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move through the different squads, there is a real challenge around

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funding that process and having clarity in the pathway all the way

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up to Dave Ryding in the World Cup. Dave Ryding has made skiing history!

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The first British racer on a World Cup podium since 1981. Amazing

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scenes in Kitzbuhel. Dave Ryding just enjoyed his best season on the

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World Cup circuit. What do we need to do to pick up on that success? I

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think David is doing a fantastic job by showing it is achievable. But

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there is more work to be done in terms of having a clear stepping

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stones and supporting the athletes once they come out of the children's

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and into this racing. Snow sport England once again laying the

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foundations to help our young Alpine athletes to reach the top of their

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sport, World Cup racing. And ultimately the Winter Olympics. It

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is partly down to Olympic success that GB Park and pipe have been able

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to develop the pathway and a support network for the next generation of

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riders. With 12 freestyle athletes in Sochi, one of the aims of the

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pathway is to ensure that success continues. It supported me in so

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many ways, not just on the slopes but off the slopes too, we now have

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opportunity and access to the physios, sports trainers, it's not

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just focusing on snow, it's focusing on everything. When you get on the

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snow after having all of that support it makes the difference. It

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helps me work up to be tricks I'm doing, and I just feel more

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confident going out and with lots of other people helping me. So I'm

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getting to do lots of different things, that I've not tried before.

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I really do want to go the Olympics. At times when I was younger I felt

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like a lone athlete pursuing my dreams. Olcott has gone second, what

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a cracking run! Now Snowsport England are bringing together on a

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regular basis the most talented athletes in the country to create a

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team environment and prepare them for life at the top of what can be a

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challenging and ruthless sport. British ski and snowboard now offer

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regular training weekends for members of the Junior Alpine squads.

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Athletes have access to on slope technical training, fitness testing

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and strength and conditioning sessions as well as classroom

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lectures on stuff like media training, sports psychology and

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nutrition. It came about because the squad has been lacking for a few

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years now and we have such strength in depth in young athletes that they

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need somewhere they can progress to. It is such a different change from

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being a young athlete in the under 16 and under 14 team to be an

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athlete in the international stage. For us we help them along the way

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with educational sessions and physical sessions so that they can

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build into it naturally. I was one of the first to join into it but it

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is a really good stepping stone in the Europa cup, World Cup and

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Olympics if I'm lucky. They are good with the fitness and you can see how

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you improve with your results and the time you have to work through

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them and with your fitness on the snow to get better and the drills we

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do our important. You can work on that but maybe it's not quite as

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easy. With the steps we are taking to help them with education and the

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psychological side, it is a huge part of the sport that a lot of the

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clubs don't get the chance to give them, so we are giving them that

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access so they can build on that. As a coach myself of some of these

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athletes I have seen first-hand how this pathway and education, combined

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with a strong on snow programme is helping to create a huge pool of

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talented young athletes and I'm really excited to see how far they

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can take it. One member of the park and pipe team

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is taking is right at the top, Jamie Nicholls. COMMENTATOR: Jamie puts it

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down! Jamie Nicholls for Great Britain! Hello, you all right? Are

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you good? Not too bad. How was the day on the Hill? Yes, it was a good

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day. Where are we going now? The freestyle Park. They get access to

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world-class training facilities like the freestyle academy here.

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Trampolines, slack line and all kinds of other things down that

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side. Ridiculously good, isn't he? Isn't there a skate park here

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somewhere? There is a skate park on our right side. Then you've got the

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jumps and the airbag down there. Remembered 12-year-old Kirsty from

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earlier? She's going. How cool is that? We need one of those in

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England. How much has the programme helped you to get where you have got

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to? It has massively helped because now there is more of a team

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atmosphere, it feels like everyone is more of a team and there is more

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people and we all travel together and we all push each other and I

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think that's really important to have that. Yes. Because the

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programme has kids coming up now and it is really good because those

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little kids coming up are looking at us who are at the top and then they

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are doing our tricks at God knows how old, 13, 14, now and it's crazy

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and the kids know if there is a programme it is perfect. With

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PyeongChang on the horizon, the future looks very bright for

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freestyle skiing and snowboarding in Britain. It's clear to see that the

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hard work that's gone into establishing and developing the

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pathway is paying off. With record participation levels and

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high profile skiers like Dave Ryding inspiring the next generation, the

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future could be bright for Alpine skiing in the UK. They will always

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be challenges, but with big challenges come big rewards. Alpine

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skiing is still the blue ribbon winter sport, and just because it's

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a tough nut to crack doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

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The Alpine and freestyle programmes are clearly getting more and more

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professional and the proof that they are working is in the results we are

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seeing now. It is important to remember, though, that our British

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athletes are up against nations with far greater financial and natural

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resources. Talking of money, Dave Ryding has proved that you can get

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to the top seven in the world with zero lottery funding. It has given a

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lot of hope and inspiration to a big group of Alpine skiers coming

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through. British snow sport is getting more

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creative in its fundraising as well. They have set up an initiative with

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tour operators allowing you to make a small donation to the British team

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when booking a ski holiday. With over 1 million skiers and

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snowboarders going abroad from the UK every year that could be very

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significant. Before we go we just have time for ski social. Last week

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we featured a couple of golden oldies, not including you in that!

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We thought we would let the pendulum swing the other way this week and we

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have the next generation of shredders, very appropriate after

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the feature we have seen. Keep working hard and you could end

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up on a podium just like the one we have seen here at Air and Style.

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Talking of recommendations, we want recommendations for a family ski

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holiday and with half term just around the corner that is very apt.

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Then focus solely on half term, later you go in the season the

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warmer it gets, the longer the days are and the cheaper it gets. If you

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are looking for location I wouldn't go further and Austria, good learn

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to ski resort, and the great thing about Austrian ski schools is they

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will take your kids straight out of nappies, and it's just a great way

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of getting them out on the mountain and having fun. If you have a mixed

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ability group look at one of the big ski areas like the Milky Way

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straddling the French and Italian border. They are small family,

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parochial results with cheap lift passes but there will also offer

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better skiers the chance to ski in a huge area. Keep sending in your

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pictures, videos and questions using the #Ski Sunday.

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I'm afraid that's all we've got time for this week. If you are a ski

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racing fan you will be pleased to know we resume normal service next

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week on Ski Sunday. We are in St Moritz for the world

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Alpine ski Championships where we will feature the men's and women's

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downhill. We will see you then. COMMENTATOR: She's the star of the

:43:57.:44:05.

skiing season. Amazing strength. He looks to be in

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solid form. He's in trouble!

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He is in control! When author

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Sir Terry Pratchett died,

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Ski Sunday comes from Innsbruck for the Air and Style big air competition. The world's best snowboarders, including Britain's Katie Ormerod and Billy Morgan, compete for this prestigious title, hoping to lay down an early marker ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.

There are also highlights from Stockholm of the city slalom World Cup races.