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GB Men dominate in Europa Cup in Spain

February 19, 2016

Britain’s Male Paralympic skiers were in action in Espot, Spain from 8-13th February and enjoyed some great success in very mixed conditions. 

Chris Lloyd was in action in the speed events on the 8th and 9th as he looked to cement his qualification for the World Cup Finals. Chris had 4 great races; picking up a 7th and a 4th in Super-G and 5th and 4th place finishes in Super Combined and easily scored the points he needed to ensure that he will be competing in Aspen at the end of the month. He continued his good form to pick up two more top five finishes in the Giant Slalom on the 10th and 11th

On the 12th, the first day of slalom, GB men made the most of the good conditions which were ideal for racing and conducive to some very fast times. James Whitley managed to lay down two quick runs and was the fastest overall male competitor as he took gold in the standing category, his first win at a Europa Cup level. This was made even more impressive by the fact that, due to last minute changes in the race calendar, he had only arrived late the evening before and had no chance to fully prepare or train. John Dickinson-Lilley and guide Jack Davey also struck gold scoring their best points result of the season in the VI category and picking up their first Europa Cup win. Unfortunately, Kieran Nimmo did not finish his first run, which was a disappointment as up until he came out he was on the verge of achieving a very quick time but there's always next time!

The second day of racing presented some challenging conditions for all the athletes involved, starting with some wet weather and then some very high winds. James Whitley looked to ignore the weather and continue his great form from the first day but unluckily did not finish on a tough course. It was however another great day for John Dickinson-Lilley and guide Jack Davey, who took their second gold of the races after comfortably beating the very talented Croatian pair to the top step of the podium. Kieran Nimmo improved on his performance of the previous day putting in two good runs and finishing a respectable 7th.

Overall Espot was a very successful meeting for the British male athletes, all of whom will now be looking forward to the British Championships in Tignes in March.

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