World Championships Silver for GB Skier Zoe Atkin


The 20-year-old X Games Champion was just pipped to the top spot, but took silver in the ski halfpipe final.  GB has two more chances for medals on the final day of the World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia. NEW

She had been leading after two of the three runs with a big second run score of 94.50.

She couldn’t improve on that in run three and could only watch as the final two skiers hit the pipe.

She was beaten by Hanna Faulhaber of the USA with  score of 95.75.

“Amazing. I’m really stoked,” Zoe said.

“I’m three for three on podiums this year, so that’s really exciting! Last World Champs I ended up with a bronze, so I’m really stoked to get the next one up this year.”

Conditions were tricky for the skiers with a mix of rain and sunshine.

“Honestly, it was pretty tough. It wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be because yesterday was pouring with rain, so I was expecting to ski in the rain today, but honestly I had really bad training,” she said.

“I didn’t really do any of my tricks, so I’m just stoked to be able to put one down. And then to be able to get onto the podium, I’m so proud.”

2023 World Championships ski halfpipe results screengrab

GB Snowsport Head Coach, Pat Sharples, was full of praise for Zoe.

“Another incredible performance from Zoe which continues her best season ever,” he said.

“After her win at X Games she was really confident coming into this event and it showed in her skiing. We’re all super proud of Zoe.”

Vicky Gosling, the GB Snowsport Chief Executive said they were all delighted for Zoe.

 “At just 20 years old, to have her second World Championships medal under her belt is an amazing achievement, and another huge moment in what’s proving to be an astonishing season for British skiers and snowboarders.”

Zoe Atkin, silver medallist at 2023 World Championships. Image c/o GB Snowsport

There are two more chances for medals for GB on Saturday.

Mia Brookes, the 16-year-old who won the snowboard slopestyle world title earlier this week, goes in the big air.

Kirsty Muir (18),who had to sit out the ski slopestyle with a minor injury, competes in ski big air.

Both qualified for their finals in first place.

On Thursday, GB’s Charlotte Bankes & Huw Nightingale won gold in the Snowboard Cross Team event.

We’ll be updating this report with their results, so do check back.

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