Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships: A viewer’s guide
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Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships: A viewer’s guide

07 March 2017 / 17:41

Warmer weather and the arrival of March may suggest that summer is on its way, but that doesn’t mean the frantic Winter sport schedule is coming to an end anytime soon.

This week sees the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships roll into action, with a plethora of Team GB competitors set to take to the slopes in what should be a thoroughly entertaining fortnight

With Izzy Atkin and Andrew Musgrave fresh from record-breaking feats, all eyes will once again be focused firmly on Britain’s stars, with history once again a potential on the snow.

Here’s our lowdown of how you can watch the action, all without missing a trick!

Overview

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Spain may normally be associated with sun and sand as opposed to snow, but that’s exactly where our British ski and snowboard stars will call home during the forthcoming Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

Sierra Nevada is the location for this particular Championships, with a whole host of talent to whet the appetite in a 13-day competition, as preparation ramps up for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

The competition gets underway on Wednesday, March 8, with both the ladies’ and men’s moguls being thrust into the limelight on the very opening day, with the dual moguls following just a day later.

But that’s not all, with competition running all the way through to Sunday, March 19, where Sierra Nevada signs off in style with both the ladies’ and men’s slopestyle.

GB ones to watch

Katie Ormerod

With the moguls getting underway on the very first day, you won’t have long to wait to catch some British action from the slopes.

Having finished an impressive second place in the Europa Cup in Albiez in France, Leonie Gerken-Schofield will once again be looking to kick on in Europe, joined by a familiar face on the start line in younger sister Makayla.

This will be a first major competition for the junior sibling, aged just 17, with a chance to show just what she is made of in front of what is expected to be a large crowd in Sierra Nevada.

Barely a day later and Lloyd Wallace will be competing in Aerials qualification on Thursday, with his first focus set to be on reaching the final on Saturday.

Thursday will also see Katie Ormerod take to the air, with the snowboarder looking to continue what has been a stellar season so far, becoming the first British athlete to win a Big Air title

Ormerod was just 16 when Aimee Fuller lined up for her first Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, but the two will take to the slopes together on the same day, with Fuller bracing herself for slopestyle action.

Fellow Olympian Billy Morgan – who became Winter X Games Europe bronze medallist last year – and Rowan Coultas will join them in Spain, as will Jamie Nicholls and Matt McCormick.

It was this time last year that Nicholls really made his breakthrough, securing his first World Cup victory in the Czech Republic, hopeful March can once again be his time to shine in Spain.

How to watch

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With competition you won’t want to miss, there certainly aren’t any excuses not to keep your eyes on Spain, with coverage live on the BBC red button and online.

Commencing on Wednesday at 12:50, live coverage of the moguls will take over your screen, with the action getting bigger and better heading into the weekend, starting at the earlier time of 10:50 on Thursday.

There’s no better way to start a Friday night than with some aerials finals – with live action starting at 18:20 – before a jam-packed weekend gets underway with a Saturday double-header.

Starting at 10:55, the Snowboard Slopestyle finals get underway live from Spain, but that’s not all to come from the weekend as the Halfpipe finals commence from 18:50, also on Saturday.

Individual snowboard cross will be the order of the day come Sunday, with the finalists hitting the slopes at 10:50, also live on the BBC red button and online. 

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