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FIRST WORLD CUP MOGULS MEDAL FOR GB

Thomas Gerken-Schofield has put his name in the sporting history books.  He is the first British skier to win a World Cup medal in the event.

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He won silver in the dual moguls in Krasnoyarsk in Russia at the weekend.

He was beaten narrowly by Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury in the super final as Kingsbury picked up his 9th consecutive World Cup overall moguls title.

“I managed to put down the skiing I have been working on with my coach,” Gerken-Schofield said.

“It paid off. I made history for Great Britain, being the first ever GB athlete to achieve a medal on World Cup moguls event.

“I was very proud to represent my country on the second step of the podium – a massive thank you to everyone that has made this possible.”

The 22-year-old from Chelmsford in Essex said this season has been hard.

“With a 4th place in China I set my objectives higher. I felt more and more capable of a World Cup podium.

“I struggled to get my skiing in place but I knew if I skied the way I wanted to that I would be close.”

Gerken-Schofield had been showing he was close to making the podium.

In the North American tour he made the top six to get in the super finals in Deer Valley.

But competitions in Japan and Kazakhstan proved a challenge.

“Then the Russian event in Krasnoyarsk happened and I managed to get the podium finish I have been chasing.

“I am excited to now to use this as a platform for future events.”

The success has delighted GB Snowsport.

“This is another incredible landmark moment in what has been a brilliant season for our athletes at GB Snowsport,” the CEO Vicky Gosling said.

“We are so delighted for Thomas and the wider Moguls team for this result and the brilliant work the team put in.”

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