Tom Bankes and Maisie Potter get gold at the Brits
Wed 21 March 12
The BRITS 2012 kicked off in style with the Trespass Snowboardcross Championships today. The competitors were greeted with blue skies, warm weather, loads of snow and a perfectly shaped course.
GB coach James Foster tweaked Laax’s first permanent snowboardcross course and the riders were eager to get stuck in. Head judge Andy Mills said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather and the snow were both perfect.”
More Snowboarding Videos
After an intense day of racing, the top riders could barely be separated, meaning tight finishes and carnage on the course, which made for a classic snowboardercross final.
In the women’s category, Maisie Potter from Wales came first in both her age group and overall. “I’m really happy. The course was really good and fast, the best one yet,” she said.
Kate Foster continued her strong run coming in second place, securing a podium finish for the third time in as many years. Sarah Marriott took third place to cap off a great day for the ladies.
Next up were the men, which included the entire GB snowboardcross team, who have been training hard throughout the season. The hard work paid off and there was a clear sense of rivalry between the squad, who dominated the podium. James Foster showed the younger riders how it’s done, coming in third place behind Kyle Wise who took second.
But it was Thomas Bankes who secured top spot above his teammates. “We had a great day. The course was amazing and a great improvement by the organisers. Riding with the guys in the finals was fun, to win here at the Brits is always good,” he commented.
Trespass Snowboardcross Championships Results
1st – Thomas Bankes 1st – Maisie Potter
2nd – Kyle Wise 2nd – Kate Foster
3rd – James Foster 3rd – Sarah Marriott
Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2012 daily webcasts and picture galleries at www.the-brits.com, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day’s competition.
The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Protest, Trespass, Dare2b , Snow+Rock and Nooka. Media partners: Whitelines, Huck, Extreme Sports Channel, Downdays.eu, Ski Club of Great Britain, Metrosnow.co.uk, In The Snow and Snowboardclub.co.uk.Destination partners: Switzerland Tourism and LAAX. Governing Bodies: TTR, AFP, WSF and BSS.
Thu 22 March 12, Laax, Switzerland
Day two of The BRITS saw the best of British pipe riders go head to head in the Dare2b Snowboard Halfpipe Championships.
Thu 22 March 12, Laax, Switzerland
For a third day running the BRITS was treated to scorching weather and sick riding as Katie Ormerod and Sam Turnbull took home the gold in the Snowboard Big Air Championships.
Mon 26 March 12, Mayrhofen, Austria
The snow finals at the Vans Wa¨ngl Ta¨ngl took place in Mayrhofen, Austria yesterday. The event took riding with a crew to the next level as seasoned veterans edged out hungry up and comers to take home cash and glory.
Mon 26 March 12, Laax, Switzerland
The fourth and final day of competition at the BRITS 2012 saw Jamie Nicholls and Katie Ormerod destroy the perfectly shaped Laax park to take home the gold in the Protest Snowboard Slopestyle Championships.
Mon 26 March 12
In front of more than 8500 astounded and cheering spectators, and over 40 000 viewers on the live feed on internet, the top-level athletes put on their highest game today to tackle freeriding’s most illustrious competition.