TJ Baldwin 2011/2012 Report

TJ.Meribel.GS.EC-smallTJ competed for team GB for the whole of the 2011/12 season in 38 races.

He started off in Chile during Aug/Sept racing in a number of South American cup events, with his best result being a 7th place in a Super G.

In Nov/Dec he raced in North America where he competed in his first World Cup events at Lake Louise & Beaver Creek. He then raced in a number of North American Cup events where his best result was a 4th place in a Super G, where he also scored his best ever FIS world ranking points in that discipline.

In the New Year he went back to Europe and competed on the Europa Cup circuit before racing at the Chamonix World cup in both Downhill’s and the Super Combined. He narrowly missed out on scoring his first World Cup points by finishing 33rd in the Super Combi.

In Feb he returned to the USA to compete in the Nor-Am cup Downhill series with some great success. He came 6th & 9th in the 2 Downhill’s and was also 12th in the US national champs DH. His 6th place scored his best ever Downhill FIS points which moved him up to be the new GB No1 in Downhill.

He also ended the Nor-Am cup Downhill series in 6th overall.

Returning to Europe he then competed in a number of FIS races where he gained a number of top 10 results, the best being a 3rd place in a Super G in Austria, scoring his 2nd best FIS points which moved him up to be the new GB No1 in Super G.

Ending the season at Meribel in the British Champs, TJ totally dominated all of the events he raced in. He was 1st overall in the Downhill, Super G, GS & Super Combined winning both the International prize & the British Titles in those and also the Overall Combined British Title. He had repeated his feat of winning 5 GB titles as in 2011.a12-chmc-vt-04-326-small

He ended the season ranked GB No1 in Downhill, Super G & Super Combined & No2 in GS.

He is now World ranked No139 in Downhill, No151 in Super G and inside the top 250 in both SuperCombi & GS.

Despite his rankings and success TJ will have no funding from British Ski & Snowboard for 2012/13. This is due to a loss of a major sponsor but mainly due to a change in policy by BSS who are not supporting the Speed programme (DH & SG).

He is GB’s main hope to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2014 in both Downhill & Super G, but needs to raise around £25k for his training/World Cup programme for 2012/13.

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