British Champions Still Flying High

14th February 2004

The top Junior Snowboarders from around the world have gathered in Oberwiesenthal Germany and Kilnovec in the Czech Republic to compete at the 2004 Junior World Championships.

The British team stamped their mark in the Big Air event yesterday, with Tyler Chorlton and Laura Berry finishing 7th in their respective competitions. Tyler, who turned 18 this week, qualified for the 10 man finals in 3rd position and was narrowly pushed down to 7th with a cab 900, frontside 900 and backside 720. In a tense competition with a 90 strong field, GBR Coach Craig Smith said "This is an excellent result for Tyler and the team. His recent success at the British Slopestyle Champsionships and Bomb Comp have set him up well for competing against such a strong field. His potential is unbelievable." In the ladies competition, Laura Berry, 15, who like Tyler won the British Slopestyle Championships a few weeks ago, narrowly missed out on the finals and finished a credible 7th with a backside 360 and fronstide 540. The other British competitors all managed to finish in the top 50% of the field, this is Britain's best team performance to date at the Junior World Championships.

Today's event was Halfpipe, but due to injury in the Big Air the main British hopes of Dom Harington and Kieran Burchell had to withdraw, leaving 15 year old Ben Kilner to compete against top World Cup performers. As yet an unconfirmed placing of 30th is an excellent result from the 90 strong field. Saturday is Snowboardercross, where Zoe Gillings hopes to continue her recent World Cup success and improve on her 4th place from last years event.


1st RUOKANEN Pekka  FIN   
2nd FILL Hubert  AUT   
3rd POSPISIL Shayne  USA  --

7th CHORLTON Tyler  GBR 

1st LIGOCKA Paulina POL
3rd JALASTI Anna FIN --

7th BERRY Laura GBR