Three World Cup athletes, six Europa Cup athletes, one FIS athlete and 17 Under-21 athletes will make up the 27-strong Delancey British Alpine Team during the 2017/18 season which will also see the staging of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea (9 to 25 February 2018).
Leading the charge is Slalom specialist Dave Ryding (30, Lancashire) who made history when he claimed the best World Cup finish for a British Alpine ski racer in 35 years after his second place finish in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Ryding finished the 2016/17 season 8th in the World Cup Slalom standings, and he will now go into the 2017/18 season ranked 9th in the world for Slalom.
Alex Tilley (23, Aberdeenshire) will again be one to watch this season, having already met qualification criteria for PyeongChang 2018 along with team mate Charlie Guest (23, Perthshire). Tilley and Guest will train together this season under coach Noel Baxter, making up the World Cup team alongside Ryding.
The Europa Cup team will be headed up by newly appointed coach Mike Pilarski, alongside Stefan Leitner, who was part of the British set up last year, and will consist of five male athletes, and one female athlete. Cara Brown (23, London) who had a strong end to last winter season after coming back from a knee injury, will continue to train with Orsatus Ski Racing. Then training together under Leitner and Pilarski for the 2017/18 season will be Laurie Taylor (21, Basingstoke), who finished an impressive 33rd in the Alpine World Championships in St Moritz, Billy Major (20, France), Charlie Raposo (21, London) and Nick Moynihan (23, East Sussex). Jack Gower (22, Chichester) will continue to train in the USA and compete both in the States and on the Europa Cup Circuit.
FIS Team athlete, 20-year-old Darcie Mead from Surrey, will be joined at FIS races by many of the Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team athletes, who will be looking to continue their development towards Europa Cup and World Cup ambitions. The Under 21 Delancey British Alpine Team will consist of 17 athletes.
Delancey British Alpine Ski Team 2017/18
World Cup Team: Alex Tilley; Charlie Guest; Dave Ryding.
Europa Cup Team: Cara Brown; Jack Gower; Nick Moynihan; Billy Major; Charlie Raposo; Laurie Taylor.
FIS Team: Darcie Mead.
Under 21 team: Fraser Middleton; Iain Innes; Jessica Anderson; Robert Poth; Zak Vinter; Abi Bruce; Alicia Krahelski; Angus Wills; Matthew Heginbotham; Olivia Ward; Victoria Palla; Reece Bell; Olivia Foster; Sarah Woodward; Owen Vinter; Will Beney; Max Vaughton
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