Bury St Edmunds skier Tom Hudson toasted his successful outing at last week’s English Alpine Championships, after picking up a sensational podium finish on the slopes of Bormio.
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And with 400 of the country’s best alpine skiers descending on the Italian resort this week for the 20th running of the event, Hudson – who trains with the British Ski Academy – had his work cut out for him.
But he showed he was one of the ones to watch, coming a brilliant second by just 0.12 of a second behind Scotland’s Owen Vinter in the under-16 boys’ Super G event.
And despite crashing out of the Slalom event later in the week, the 15-year-old was satisfied with a job well done in Bormio.
“It was a bit of a wild run,” he said. “I was coming down the last bit pretty fast and there were a few bumps and a few mistakes.
“But overall it was a good race for me and I’m happy with the time.
“I would have been really pleased if you had said to me beforehand I would have finished second.
“I love the Super G. It is a fast discipline and I’m very happy to do well in it at the English Championships because I am English.
“I need to focus on keeping the run more clean.
“This run was a bit rough, so I will try and make it cleaner and faster in future.”
The English Alpine Championships are an important step for any young skier, with British Olympians Chemmy Alcott and Dave Ryding both having competed at the competition.
Alcott, now retired from racing and coaching her own team, CDC Performance, is taking in the action all week from the sidelines, and she believes she has already seen several stars in the making.
Alcott said: “The competition at this English Champs has been absolutely unreal so far. I’ve never seen such great skiing from British athletes of all ages, and I thank God I’m not racing in this age.
“The level is so high that these guys are all having to push themselves.”
n The English Alpine Championships, organised by Snowsport England, are run every year in the Italian resort of Bormio.
Follow the action via www.englishalpinechamps.org.uk or @SnowsportEng on Twitter.