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Meribel 2020: What's Happened At The Inter Services Snow Sports Championships?

All you need to know about what has happened at the competition in the French Alps.

The annual Inter Services Snow Sports Championships is underway in the French Alps. 

Around 150 competitors from across the UK Armed Forces are taking part in the tournament in Meribel.

The tournament got off to a difficult start after heavy rainfall and high temperatures caused the first event to be postponed.

Here is a day-by-day look at the tournament so far...

Day Five

BFBS Boardercross finals: 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 had been due to take place on Monday until it was postponed following poor weather.

Alpine Ski Giant Slalom final: There were wins for the Army and the Royal Air Force in the final alpine ski event of the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.

It was an all-RAF podium in the women's Alpine Ski Giant Slalom final, with Corporal Rachel Hughes winning her second event of the week, while the men's was won by the Army's Sapper Duncan Kuwall.

Day Four

Group Alpine Downhill: The British Army won both the men's and women's events in the Group Alpine Downhill.

Sapper Euan Kick won gold in the men's category, while Corporal Louise Dodd was victorious in the women's.

Elsewhere in, the Royal Air Force came second with the Army in third in the women's category, with the Army securing second and the Royal Navy in third in the men's.

Snowboard Slopestyle: There were wins for the British Army and the Royal Navy in the Snowboard Slopestyle finals at the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.

The Navy completed a clean sweep in the women's, with Lieutenant Aaby Aldridge finishing first, while the Army's Lance Corporal Matty Hannah won the men's. 

The RAF failed to gain a spot on the podium in both finals.

Day Three

Alpine Ski Super G final: There were wins for the Army and the Royal Air Force on the first event of day three at the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.

In an exceptionally tight men's Alpine Ski Super-G final, it was the Army's Sapper Euan Kick who came out on top.

The Royal Navy's Lieutenant James French came second, while there was also a spot on the podium for Sapper Duncan Kuwall.

Telemark Classic Final: The Royal Navy successfully defended its Telemark crown thanks to more wins from Lieutenant James French and Sub Lieutenant Dominique 'Nix' Symons.

On Monday, the pair also won the Telemark Giant Slalom.

 

Day Two

Alpine Ski Slalom Finals: The Army and the RAF both got their first gold medals of the competition in the Alpine Ski Slalom Finals.

Heavy snowfall made the run tricky but it was the RAF's Leading Aircraftwoman Phillipa Baxter who won the women's, while Sapper Duncan Kuwall from the Army won the men's.

LAC Baxter, who was making her debut, said it was "amazing" to win gold.

Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Finals: The RAF recorded its second win of the day in the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Finals.

Flight Lieutenant Paddy Morris won the men's, while the Royal Navy's Lieutenant Lucy Ingram clinched the women's title. 

The weather improved in time for the event which was held in the evening, under the floodlights of Meribel's stade.

Meribel ski slope in the sunshine during Inter Services Snow Sports Championships

Day One

BFBS Snowboard Cross Final: the championships' first event was postponed to Friday because of poor conditions.

The qualification rounds went ahead but officials decided to push back the final until later on in the week over "course issues".

Telemark Giant Slalom Final: There were Royal Navy wins in both the men's and women's events.

A piece of history was made on the first day in Meribel as Sub Lieutenant Dominique 'Nix' Symons became the first woman to win the final.

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Lieutenant James French celebrates winning the men's Telemark Giant Slalom Final (Picture: Crown Copyright).

She said it was "amazing" to be a record-breaker and called on other women to give the sport a go.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant James French regained the men's Telemark Giant Slalom gold medal after finishing second behind the Army's Robbie Houston last year.