Written by British Ski and Snowboard
British Ski and Snowboard have today announced the British Cross Country Ski Team for the 2015/16 season, and the retirement of Winter Olympian Posy Musgrave.
The British Cross Country Ski squads have been confirmed, with the Elite Squad consisting of Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, Callum Smith and Annika Taylor, with Fiona Hughes in the Performance squad.
After being the first Brit to take top spot in a World Cup race in last winter’s Tour de Ski, Andrew Musgrave will look to continue to impact the top level of international Cross Country skiing. Andrew Young, who impressed with some significant results last season, will join Musgrave alongside Callum Smith who is following a dual career – competing and studying at University.. New to the Elite Squad is Annika Taylor who makes the move up from the Performance Squad.
The Senior Squad consists of James Clugnet, Sarah Hale and European Youth Olympic Festival flagbearer Duncan Gibb, with Sam Cairns, Fern Cates and Gregor Young being invited to train with the squad.
Beth MacClean is the sole representative in the Junior Squad, with the Youth Squad consisting of Brodie Murray, Fergus Newman, Oliver Newman, Jack Nichols, Lynne Gray, Charles Harrigan, Felix Roberts, Angus Duncan, Flossie Roberts and Zander Bohle. Also invited to train with the squad are Susan Massie and Peter Gibbs.
British Cross Country athlete Posy Musgrave has made the decision to retire from competitive skiing after several seasons on the World Cup circuit and an appearance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games where she finished 42nd in the Individual Freestyle Sprint and 66th in the 10km Classic.
Posy, sister of Great Britain’s most successful ever Cross Country athlete Andrew Musgrave, has decided to retire to concentrate on a career in sports marketing, working in London.
Posy said of her decision: “I’m very lucky to have spent 6 years skiing and competing internationally as part of this team. I’ll miss my teammates, coaches and all of the great experiences I’ve had but I’m also looking forward to continuing to be involved in sport from a new angle as I start a new role as athlete manager at GMR Marketing”.