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Alpine Skiing Monday, 21 January, 2002, 16:28 GMT
GB name ski team
Alain Baxter
World Cup star Alain Baxter leads Britain's hopefuls
The British Olympic Association has announced the athletes to compete in the alpine and freestyle skiing events at next month's Winter Games.

The BOA named a seven-strong alpine squad and three freestyle skiers on Monday for Salt Lake 2002, which begins on 8 February.

Fresh from success in the British Land National Ski Championships last week, the Baxter brothers, Alain and Noel, were two of the athletes included in the line-up.

On Friday, Scottish World Cup star Alain won the British slalom title for the fourth successive year, while Noel finished runner-up.

Selected skiers
ALPINE
Chemmy Alcott - Downhill Super G, Combined, Slalom, G Slalom
Alain Baxter - Slalom, G Slalom
Noel Baxter - Slalom
Emma Carrick-Anderson - Slalom, G Slalom
Ross Green - Combined, G Slalom
Finlay Mickel Downhill - Super G, Combined
Gareth Trayner - Slalom

FREESTYLE
Sam Temple - Moguls
Joanne Bromfield - Moguls
Laura Donaldson - Moguls
Third-placed Gareth Trayner, Ross Green and overall men's alpine champion Finlay Mickel were also named in the men's Alpine Skiing Team.

British slalom champion Emma Carrick-Anderson and overall champion Chemmy Alcott were selected for the women's squad.

Freestyle skiers Joanne Bromfield, Laura Donaldson and Sam Temple were named for the Moguls event.

British Ski and Snowboard Federation operations director Fiona McNeilly said: "We are delighted to be sending one of the strongest teams ever to the Games.

"The alpine team has made great progress in terms of performance and new freestyle talent is emerging alongside our established competitors."

Alain Baxter is Britain's best chance of success in the alpine team.

The 28-year-old from Aviemore, who is likely to compete in the slalom and giant slalom, clinched four top-10 finishes in the World Cup slalom series last season,

His fourth place in the season's finale in Are, Sweden, was Britain's best alpine World Cup finish since Konrad Bartelski grabbed second in a downhill in December 1981.

He is joined in Salt Lake by half-brother Noel and cousin, snowboarder Lesley McKenna.

At the other end of the scale, Alcott's selection for Salt Lake at just 19 caps her first full-time season in the sport.

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