Freestyle Skiing - Woods and Christie boost Britain's Sochi hopes

Our round-up of all the week's British winter sports news looks at great weekends for James Woods and Elise Christie.

Freestyle Skiing - Woods wins silver in opening World Cup event

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James Woods of Great Britain (AFP)

Freestyle skier James Woods and short track speed skater Elise Christie both won World Championship medals in a memorable week for British winter sports.

Woods took slopestyle silver at the World Championships in Voss-Myrkdalen, Great Britain's first medal at this level since Richard Cobbing's aerials second place in 1993.

And Christie claimed 1000m bronze in Debrecen, becoming the first British woman to win an individual world medal.

It means - with the men's and women's curling World Championships to come later this month - British Winter Olympic hopefuls have won three medals at world level this season, following Shelley Rudman's skeleton gold in St Moritz.

Woods declared himself 'totally thrilled' with a 'bang-on' performance, after gold was taken by American Thomas Wallisch.

However, Christie, the World Cup champion this season, was slightly less impressed with her display.

The Scot, who also finished sixth in the 1500m and fell in the semi-finals of the 500m, wanted to improve the colour of her medal but was also worried about disqualification after tangling with China's Yang Zhou.

"Even though Elise’s medal might not have been the colour she wanted, she and the other skaters have proven that we have a lot of opportunities going forward from here, which is very encouraging," said British short track performance director Stuart Horsepool.

“The team had a great first two days, we’ve had six top eights finishes and our first ever female World Championships medal, which is brilliant."

But Katie Summerhayes, who carried the Team GB flag at last year's Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, was buzzing after a career-high slopestyle fourth at the freestyle skiing World Championships.

Also in Voss-Myrkdalen, Rowan Cheshire was 17th in the women's halfpipe while Murray Buchan was 18th in the men's event.

Ellie Koyander ranked 37th in the women's moguls while Harry Gillam and Lloyd Wallace were 26th and 28th respectively in the men's aerials.

Emily Sarsfield placed 17th in the women's ski cross but there was disappointment for Pamela Thorburn who came home 29th.

Former downhill skier Ed Drake, who competed in four alpine events at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, failed to make the men's ski cross top 32.

Two-time Olympian Zoe Gillings secured another top ten finish with a ninth at the snowboard cross World Cup in Arosa, meaning she now sits ninth overall with two events to come in Switzerland and Spain.

Elsewhere, Serita Shone, who fractured her spine in two places during a training run at the bobsleigh British Championships two years ago, returned to the event - and won a medal.

Shone piloted Sian Huxtable to bronze in a race won by Vicky Olaoye and Sarah Adams with Deni Milner and Jo Nightingale second.

John Jackson and Bruce Tasker won the men's two-man national title, the end of a impressive season for Jackson, who finished fifth in the four-man event at the bobsleigh World Championships.

Kyle Smith and his team of Thomas Muirhead, Kyle Waddell and lead Cameron Smith combined as Scotland won the men's curling junior world title in Sochi, the official test event for next year's Games.

But defending champion Hannah Fleming and her Scottish women's rink settled for silver after losing to Russia in an extra end.

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