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Meribel 2020: Navy And Army Wins In Snowboard Slopestyle Finals

The event differs to many others in the championship, with the winner chosen on style and skill rather than speed.

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 Leading Survival Equipment Technician Aaby Aldridge finishing first and married couple Lieutenant Lucy Ingram and Surgeon Commander Steph Ingram finishing second and third, respectively.

"This is my first Inter Services gold medal, so absolutely stoked - I'm pretty happy," Lt Aldridge said. 

"It was a tough competition, there were three Navy girls, we're all very close and constantly pushing each other to do better and go that little step further.

"We got a full Navy podium, which while I've been here has never happened, and to have it in Slopestyle is absolutely amazing."

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Snowboard Slopestyle is judged on skill rather than speed.

In the men's, it was the Army's Lance Corporal Matty Hannah who won, while the Navy's Marine Chris Harrington came second and the Army's Staff Sergeant Dale Gallagher finished third.

The event differs to many others in the championship, with the winner chosen on style and skill rather than speed.

It was held at the DC Area 43 in Meribel ski resort, France.

The course included a pipe and two huge jumps where snowboarders were judged on their altitude, skill and landing.

"I've never been on a podium and it's my favourite event so couldn't be happier to be up there with two of my best mates," LCpl Hannah said.

"Everyone just buzzes off each other in this event and it's the best event there is."

Day four proved a success for the Army, after wins in both the women's and men's Alpine Downhill.

Meanwhile, the results at the Slopestyle also added to the Navy's impressive start to the championships, after successfully defending their Telemark crown on day three.

Around 150 military personnel are taking part in the five-day tournament that ends on Friday.

Read the latest on the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships here.

Cover Image: The Royal Navy trio on the podium.