Clean sweep for ski ace

Tharston ski ace TJ Baldwin again proved himself to be the best Junior racer in Britain - and is now ranked top of the British Senior rankings for the Super Combined event.

Tharston ski ace TJ Baldwin again proved himself to be the best Junior racer in Britain - and is now ranked top of the British Senior rankings for the Super Combined event.

He won all three titles contested at the recent British Junior ski championships and also got two runner-up spots in the Senior event held in Meribel, France.

As a result, Baldwin has moved to the top of the GB Senior rankings for the Super Combined event, ahead of all British World Cup and Olympic racers. He is also ranked three in Downhill and Super G.

In the British Junior rankings he retains pole position in all five disciplines. On the World Junior rankings he has moved up to 12th in the Super Combined and 21st in the Super G.


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He said: 'I really can't believe that I'm now ranked No1 in GB for the Super Combined. I've had a pretty good season really considering all the problems and the governing body collapsing!

'I really want to thank all my sponsors, particularly Sunfold Systems & Chillspeed of Diss, for all their support and financial assistance during such a hectic time and the Norfolk Sports & Cultural Foundation for their grant'

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In the Senior Super G race, the 19-year-old put in a very fast run to take silver, and won International bronze.

The Junior and Senior Downhill race was combined and Baldwin stormed to second in the Senior championship. As a junior he was in a class of his own, winning the Sunfold Cup by 2.5 seconds, and also won the International gold.

But he crashed out in both the Senior Slalom and Giant Slalom races which cost him a top-three placing in the Senior Overall standings, where he was eventually placed fourth equal.

Baldwin said: 'To get two second places in the Seniors was pretty satisfying. I think I went just that bit too hard in both the Slalom

and GS, made the mistakes and crashed out. I'll be back next year though, stronger and more determined to win!'

In the Super G Baldwin won by over four seconds to win the Junior title for the fourth year running, unprecedented in British skiing history. Again he also won International gold.

Slalom was cancelled for safety reasons. With only two of the four events contested, Baldwin won the Junior Overall Combined trophy.

'I am really pleased that I put in two great performances in the Downhill and Super G to win them both again. It was disappointing that the weather disrupted the races so much and the GS was cancelled and the slalom abandoned. I was on for a really great result in that, which would have probably given me my best-ever FIS world ranking points. It would have nice to win all the titles in my last-ever season as a Junior racer, but sometimes things aren't meant to be.'

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