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Drake happy with ski switch after claiming national title

March 27, 2013 12:15 pm

Ed Drake claims he has had no regrets about switching from the alpine skiing circuit to try his hand at ski cross ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.

The 27-year-old competed in downhill, giant slalom, super-G and the super combined at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, with a highest finish of 29th.

But has spent this year focussed on the dramatic freestyle discipline, in which four skiers race each other over a one kilometre course.

He admits he has not found it easy, failing to finish his first two World Cup starts and posting a best finish of 51st in his other two races.

But he won the national title in Tignes this week and believes progress is being made ahead of next year's Games.

"I am loving competing in ski cross and I'm really pleased with my decision to change from alpine," he said.

"I’m very happy with my win and have been impressed with the BRITS. This is my first time and there is such a buzz here in Tignes.

“I thought the weather would be a real factor but the course actually rode very well."

Emily Sarsfield has enjoyed her best season yet on the women's ski cross circuit, with three top 20 finishes and a 17th at the World Championships in Norway.

And, as expected, she retained her national title.

“After competing on the World Cup circuit all winter I was really nervous coming into the BRITS," she said. 

"I felt a lot of pressure on me as British number one but the track was built really well and I really enjoyed riding it. I’m stoked to win again.” 

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