Meribel 2019

WATCH: Navy Brothers Share A Podium At Meribel

It was a proud day for the Davies family as two brothers get medals in the Telemark Classic.

Two forces brothers had a moment to remember as they shared a podium on day three of the Inter Service Snow Sports Championships in Meribel.

Lieutenant Colonel Huan Davies and his brother Major Luke Davies were competing in the Telemark Classic event.

The race was won by the in-form Robbie Houstoun, but Lt Col Huan finished in second with Maj Luke in third.

The Telemark has been one of the most improved disciplines in military winter sport and it has not gone unnoticed by Lt Col Davies.

He said: “It’s been a massive improvement across the board. If you look at the times behind Robbie Houstoun, they are so close.

“That’s down to the British Championships which is also the Army and the Navy championship and the coaching that is going on there. Also, the RAF are coming along and getting far better each year.

“The standard has gone up and it’s also good to see a lot of young people here.”

For Maj Davies, there was pride in sharing the podium with his brother although he had a jealous eye on the silver medal.

He said: “It’s a great sport and as a Royal Marine, you are always competitive but it’s a brilliant thing for us to do.

“It’s through gritted teeth. I’d like to be wearing the silver medal rather than this bronze medal.”

A favourite for the event was the Navy’s James French, but the skier fell early in the run and failed to finish the race.

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It was an all Army podium in the men's Alpine Super G final.

Earlier in the day, the Alpine Super G final provided a win for the Australian Defence Forces in the women’s event.

It was Captain Elizabeth Lambert who came out on top and the result meant a first gold medal of the week for the Australian team.

For Capt Lambert, it was a new experience but a worthwhile one.

She said: “That was the very first Super G I have ever raced so that was a bit of baptism by fire. I had a lot of fun with it.

“I did a bit of Alpine racing as a kid, but in Australia, we sort of don’t have the slopes to run the speed events.”

In the men’s race, it was more dominance for the Army team.

Private Rob Poth was the winner, with two more Army riders, Sapper Euan Kick and Duncan Kuwall, rounding out the podium.

“I skied that track about six years ago so I kind of know it off by heart really. I’m really pleased to come away with the win.

“Super G is not really my strongest discipline. It’s up there behind my Giant Slalom so it’s good.”