Meribel

Meribel 2020: Army And RAF Success In Rearranged Boardercross Finals

The Boardercross and the Alpine Ski Giant Slalom events marked the end of the five-day tournament in Meribel, France.

The Army and the Royal Air Force picked up the gold medals in the BFBS Boardercross finals on the last day of the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships. 

The event, which had been due to take place on Monday, was postponed following 48 hours of heavy rain and high winds. 

Flight Lieutenant Paddy Morris from the RAF won the men's, with the Army coming second and third.

"I mean it's my best event but there's some stiff competition out there, so I was never going to bank on winning," Flt Lt Morris told Forces News.

"Fortunately for me there's a very good toeside turn for a goofy rider right at the beginning which kind of helped me out a little bit, but yeah I'm very chuffed."

Meanwhile, in the women's, the Army's Major Kelly Richards finished first, ahead of the Navy in second and another Army rider in third.

"So we obviously had a bit of bad weather at the start the week and so I think definitely the right decision to slip to today,"Major Richards said.

"I think boardercross is snowboard's blue ribbon event, so to have it here today under these conditions, with a bit more snow on the track, made for all the better conditions."

The result in the men's capped off a successful championships for Flt Lt Morris who already won gold in the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom earlier on in the week.

The Boardercross and the Alpine Ski Giant Slalom marked the end of the five-day tournament in Meribel, the French Alps.

Around 150 competitors from the UK Armed Forces have been competing in the championships. 

Read more on the 2020 Inter Services Snow Sports Championships here.

Cover Image: Army rider during the BFBS Boardercross final (Picture: Crown Copyright).