More freestyle success tops off a great season
One of Britain’s brightest hopes on the freestyle circuit, Katie Summerhayes, capped off her fantastic season with two silver medals at the season ending AFP World Tour Finals in Whistler. James Woods also finished the season extremely strongly by securing both a silver medal and a fourth place finish in front of the spectators on Blackcomb Mountain.
Both were competing on some of the biggest jumps of the year at one of the most important end-of-season contests. The men’s comp included the 3-times X-Games gold medallist Bobby Brown and the Slopestyle winner from Sochi, Joss Christensen.
Summerhayes was also up against a world class field that included the Sochi Slopestyle silver medallist Devin Logan as well as Kim Lamarre who claimed the bronze at the 2014 Winter Games.
In the women’s Slopestyle, Summerhayes pulled out a huge 1080 Japan on the biggest kicker to secure 78.33 points, just two points off the eventual winner Yuki Tsubota. This trick also gave her the silver medal in the Big Air contest, just behind Giuila Tanno from Switzerland.
It marked the end of what has certainly been a busy few months for Summerhayes following the World Championships, where she claimed a historic silver medal for Team GB. During this time her stature on a global level has continued to grow.
An indication of this was her invitation to compete again in the prestigious Suzuki Nine Queens event held at Fiss-Serfaus in Austria earlier this month. She almost landed an incredibly technical 1260 Japan during what several athletes declared as the “best female session of all time”. Check out this GoPro footage of Summerhayes in action.
As for Woods, it marked a great end to a hectic 2014/2015 winter season which saw him on the road almost continuously following his World Championship silver medal. In this time he managed to pick up a 3rd place at the invite only Dumont Cup in Sunday River, USA and a 5th in the European Open in Laax.
Woodsy is right up there competing with the best athletes week in week out at the most prestigious competitions around the world. For example, this winter he competed at the inaugural Air + Style event in Los Angeles and also at his third X-Games in Aspen, where he finished 5th in the Slopestyle.
So with our top athletes consistently winning medals on the global stage, the future is looking rosy for Team GB. Young athletes like Rowan Coultas, Isabel Atkin and Aimee Fuller are coming through to secure some great results so things certainly bode well for Pyeongchang 2018. As part of the build-up, the GB Park and Pipe Team have launched a new film series called #ProjectPY2018 with regular updates following our athletes as the next Winter Olympics move ever closer.