Baggio and Brown on top of the Downhill podiums at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships

MAX Baggio admits topping the podium is a feeling he’ll never get bored of after the teenage speed demon added to his growing medal collection on day two of the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships.

The Downhill discipline proved another high-octane event in Tignes after the thrills and spills of Monday’s Super-G.

And on Tuesday, fresh from being crowned British National Super-G Champion, 19-year-old Baggio won the British National Downhill title to match – gliding across the line with a time of 1:15.89minutes.

His taste for gold didn’t stop there, once again topping the charts in the National Junior Championships to clinch the British Under-21 crown.

He beat Billy Major, who is also enjoying a fine Championships after Monday’s British Junior Super-G silver, into second in both runs.

“The winning feeling here so far is great, it’s good to compete against your fellow Brits and I’m happy to return to the podium,” said Baggio.

“In the training I felt like I got a good feel for the course, and was able to put it into the race.”

And though Saffron Walden’s Major was satisfied enough with his silvers, he’s eyeing up an even better return when the technical disciplines get underway.

“On Wednesday we haven’t got anything on so that will be a good rest day after getting up early for the last two days, so I’d say I’m quite confident going into the technical events. Hopefully I’ll be skiing a bit better than in the speed disciplines,” he said.

If Darcie Mead ruled supreme over the British ladies in the Super-G then the Downhill was all about Cara Brown, who became British National and Junior champion after two sparkling runs.

Mead, who picked up both British National and Junior titles in the Super-G, did do enough for a British overall Downhill bronze before abandoning her Junior run.

Brown said: “It was a much better day – Monday wasn’t my day. I would say Super-G is my better discipline but recently I’ve had better results in the Downhill, and I just love going fast.”

Megan Jenkins not only conquered her fears but clinched a surprise British National silver in her first-ever Downhill race.

“I was petrified before the race – I was in tears in the start gate before I went down in the first run,” explained a delighted Jenkins.

“That was my first-ever Downhill and it went a lot better than I thought it was going to be, my teammates had been saying it’s easier than the Super-G and they’re actually right.”

Elsewhere, Ollie Davies not only grabbed bronze in the British National overall classification but topped the British Under-18 boys, with Jordan Fellows in second and Chris Guest in third.

In the girls’ race Isabel Kirk kept her fine form up, going one step further from Monday’s British Under-18 Super-G silver to win Downhill gold in the age group – Honor Clissold and Jess Anderson finishing second and third respectively.

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For full results and timings visit www.britishalpinechamps.com

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Background to Principal Sponsor Delancey’s Involvement

This is Sir John Ritblat’s 37th year of funding for the sport, which has been critical to the success of the team. It has also inspired his son Jamie to become involved, providing support from Delancey - Jamie’s property investment and advisory business, for the last four years.

With Delancey’s existing support and new extension of funding, British Ski and Snowboard, has been able to – and will continue to be able to - run training and development programmes to enable our top athletes to compete on the World stage

About Delancey

Delancey is a specialist real estate investment, development and advisory company with over 20 years' experience and a portfolio that covers retail, residential and commercial developments across London and the UK. Collaborating on a wide range of assets, partners and clients, Delancey is recognised for its innovative and diverse approach to creating long term value from real estate. Delancey also advises clients on appropriate capital structures, financing and provides asset management and development services.

Delancey has a diverse portfolio of retail, residential, office and corporate assets across London and the UK, including the Alpha Plus Group, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, the Walbrook Building in the City and 185 Park Street on the South Bank. Delancey is also a pioneer in the private rented sector and has spent much of the last few years bringing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics to life; delivering over 3,000 homes for rent at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes Village; and revealing the UKs leading creative and digital hub at Here East, the former Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre, which will provide over 4,500 jobs on-site and an expected additional 2,000 jobs in the local area.

Delancey’s work is not simply restricted to bricks and mortar. Founder and CEO Jamie Ritblat and his team are conscious to ensure they have a positive impact on the environment, its local community and future generations. As well as contributing to relevant projects and initiatives local to their developments, Delancey was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Centenary Chelsea Flower Show with an ‘East Village’ garden - which was later re-located by the charity Groundwork London to a Children’s play area in East London. Delancey also looks to support young, future stars as Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard, the UK Schools Chess Challenge and as charity partner to the innovative youth charity Snow-Camp.

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British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) is the National Governing Body for Skiing and Snowboarding in the United Kingdom.  It is recognised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and by the British Olympic Association.  It is a new organisation which has been set up – following the financial collapse of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation – under the aegis of the British Olympic Association. The British Olympic Association stepped in and launched BSS toensure that British Athletes could continue to compete at International events. British Ski and Snowboard aims to see British skiers and riders on the podiums at world events in the next four to eight years. www.teambss.org.uk

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