British Hopes Flying High

7th January 2004

Two members of the British Snowboard Development Team competed in the first City Big Air World Cup of the season in Klagenfurt, Austria achieving the best male snowboard results in World Cup in recent years.

Dominic Harington (19) from Leeds, and Tyler Chorlton (17) based in Andorra, finished an amazing 14th and 16th respectively out of a 45 strong field. In a dramatic qualification round with most of the top Big Air ranked competitors from around the world, they both narrowly missed out on the final. Dominic with a cab 900 with indy grab was sat in 7th position after the first run, but a poor landing second run resulted in a drop to 14th place. Tyler on the other hand fell on his first qualification run but with a perfect frontside 720 managed to leap from last to 16thplace.

Coach Craig Smith said "They both could have done better. This is an excellent result considering this is their second World Cup however with more experience they have the potential to improve significantly."

Tomorrow, fellow team member, Zoe Gillings will aim to improve on her 4th place in Whistler competing in snowboardcross at the Bad Gastein World Cup in Austria. Currently in 1st place after the qualification runs, the finals are tomorrow, 6th January.

1st. Aleksi VANNINEN (FIN)
2nd. Simon AX (SWE)
3rd. Alessandro BOYENS (GER)

14th. Dominic HARINGTON (GBR)
16th. Tyler CHORLTON (GBR)