Monday, September 15, 2008

Zoe Gillings competes in the LG FIS World Cup SBX

On Saturday, Zoe Gillings competed in the first LG FIS World Cup SBX event of the season in Chapelco, Argentina. Despite her preparations being badly hampered she stormed through her heats and had an outstanding result of 4th place. Read on to hear Zoe’s account of what went on.........

I have just finished my first world cup of the season and I was battling through the whole time!

The course was really tough, it was long with a tricky first section and loads of massive jumps, some of which you had to jump off the lip of as hard as you could just to make it to the landing. The helicopter was pretty busy ferrying injured riders to hospital during training.

I had a hard time in qualifying yesterday, after I took a big fall in practice and hurt my back, neck and head I had to sit down for 20 minutes before I felt good enough to ride again. I kept going with practice anyway and had time to get one full run in before qualifications began.

I had a very good top section on my first run but I misjudged my timing on a roller in the mid section which cost me a lot of time as this prevented me from making it to the landings of the next 4 jumps. Despite that my time put me into 10th place before the second qualification run.

My second run went a lot better with me riding everything well until the final jump where I fell on the landing, after falling I started rolling towards the finish line so instead of trying to right myself onto my feet again which would have taken a lot of my momentum away I just kept on rolling and crossed the line horizontally. Surprisingly the time from this run beat my first one and I moved up into 7th place. That’s one of my best qualifying places in a while.

Today was finals day and when I woke up I didn’t feel too good at all! 7 different places on my body hurt. Namely my foot, knee, thigh, back, shoulder, neck and head. Due to finding cuts I no longer have a physio at competitions this season which sure didn’t help. When I got to the hill a couple of people mentioned to me that they had seen my crash in practice yesterday and was surprised I was still riding but wished me the best of luck for the day.

In my first heat I had a good start but was in 3rd going into the first turn. I managed to pass one girl 2 turns later and the other shortly after that to take to lead and won the race.

My next heat was even better. My main competition was Mellie Francon who was ranked 3rd in the world last season. I had another good start but Mellie got in front of me into the first turn, I followed her for a few features gathering speed before passing her on the straight section. I was then in the lead again and won that race too.

I was now in the final against numbers one, two and three in the world. My start out of the gate was ok but I fell on one of the tricky features near the start unfortunately, I tried to catch up but there was no chance.

Anyway I am pretty happy because I finished in 4th which means I am now ranked 4th in the world!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Snow sports enthusiasts across the country have a treat to look forward to this autumn. Thanks to technology and style innovators LG, skiers and snowboarders will have the opportunity to practise their jumps and Big Air tricks with the confidence of having a massive Air Bag to catch them – whichever way up they land!

The LG Air Bag Tour is visiting eleven regional slopes across the country during September and October 2008 (see Notes to Editors for other tour dates and destinations), culminating in Freesports on 4 (FS04) Freeze, sponsored by LG at the Battersea Power Station in London on 23rd – 26th October 2008. This event will be a real spectacle with some of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers displaying their Big Air skills on a 40 metre high ramp.

Each stop of the LG Air Bag Tour has been arranged to coincide with the local ‘Freestyle Evening’. As part of LG’s commitment to the development of British snow sports, the Air Bag is provided free of charge so snowboarders and skiers will only need to pay normal slope fees for the evening. Spectators can also attend free of charge. LG will also be on hand at every stage of the tour to show off their latest handsets and will be giving away free goody bags to every visitor at the events.

The number of LG Air Bag participants at any one time is limited for safety reasons. For your chance to be one of the lucky riders, register online at

Snowboarders and freestyle skiers riding the Air Bag at the regional events are also in with a chance of being part of the FSO4 Freeze in London. One person from each region will be selected based on their Big Air skill and style; and will win an all expenses paid trip to London to ride alongside selected professionals at the LG Big Air Invitational Finals.

Number one British snowboarder Dan Wakeham, who is sponsored by LG, will be attending as many of the LG Air Bag Tour events as possible. Dan is passionate about the LG Air Bag Tour and creating opportunities to develop tomorrow’s Olympic hopefuls. Dan commented: “this is a fantastic initiative allowing snow sports enthusiasts to build their confidence and skills in a safe environment”.

As part of their commitment to bringing new ideas to life, LG is proud to support the British snow sports community “LG is delighted to be associated with the Air Bag Tour” explains Jeremy Newing, Head of Marketing for LG mobiles. He continued “as a brand we’re always trying to bring new ideas to life and that matches well the young and exciting nature of snowboarding and freestyle skiing”.


Thursday 18th Norfolk Ski Club 18:00 - 23:00
Friday 19th Sheffield Ski Village 18:00 - 23:00
Thursday 25th Sno!Zone Braehead, Glasgow 18:00 - 23:00
Friday 26th Sno!Zone Braehead, Glasgow 18:00 - 23:00

Friday 3rd Chill Factor-e, Manchester 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday 4th Chill Factor-e Manchester 18:00 - 23:00
Monday 6th John Nike Ski Center, Plymouth 18:00 - 23:00
Thursday 9th Sno!Zone, Milton Keynes 18:00 - 23:00
Friday 10th Sno!Zone, Milton Keynes 18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 15th Sno!Zone, Castleford 18:00 - 23:00
Thursday 16th Sno!Zone, Castleford 18:00 - 23:00
Friday 17th John Nike Ski Center, Chatham 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday 18th Snow Dome, Tamworth 18:00 - 23:00
Monday 20th John Nike Ski Center, Bracknell 18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 21st Bromley Ski Center 18:00 - 23:00