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Meribel 2020: RAF Cap Day Two With Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Win

Day two of the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships was a success for the Royal Air Force, with two wins.

The Royal Air Force has capped off a successful day two at the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships with a win in the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom.

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

The result means the RAF won two out of the four finals on day two, after also winning the women's Alpine Ski Slalom final.

Phillipa Baxter pipped her Air Force colleague Rachel Hughes to first place.

"My dad used to race in the Army," Leading Aircraftwoman Baxter said.

"He got me into skiing as soon as he could.

"I decided last year that I wanted to join the Royal Air Force and really wanted to get into the ski team.

"It was probably the most difficult slalom I've ever done. It felt awful coming down," she added, speaking about the poor weather.

The Army picked up gongs, too, with the men's team doing well in adverse weather conditions. 

One competitor suggested this could have to do with many of the team members being used to skiing in Scotland.

"We've got seven out of nine [members] who are from Scotland," Sapper Duncan Kuwall said.

"It must just be the mountains up there that we get used to, especially in bad weather like this."

Around 100 people gathered at the bottom of Meribel's floodlit stade to cheer on the competitors as they weaved down the slope.  

Conditions were much improved for the event following 48 hours of heavy rain and then constant snow and high winds. 

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

Cover Image: Snowboarders take on the Parallel Slalom (Picture: Crown Copyright).