Robert is on the slope to success after a top start on the world FIS circuit

Robert Poth in action. Picture (c) Matt Williams
Robert Poth in action. Picture (c) Matt Williams

Team GB U18 alpine ski racer Robert Poth has enjoyed a successful start to his career as a junior athlete competing on the world FIS circuit.

This year, 16-year-old Robert stepped into a new challenging age category, competing against other racers aged 16 and above.

Robert Poth in Claviere, Italy

Robert Poth in Claviere, Italy

All new FIS racers begin with 999.9 points in each ski racing discipline; slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom. The aim is to achieve the lowest points possible from the finish position in each race.

In December, Hemel Ski Race Club member Robert took part in his first FIS slalom ace in Passo San Pellegrino and achieved a sub-100 point score of 96 FIS points. The following day he followed that up with an even more impressive 79 FIS point score.

Since then, Robert has returned from competing in two FIS night slalom ski races held in Chamonix, France, where he scored an 89.19 and a super 74.72 racing against Europa Cup International ski racers.

He won a silver and bronze medal at these races in the U18 international age category.

Robert is a Team GB U18 winter athlete with a British Olympic Association Silver Passport, but there is no training and race support from the British Ski and Snowboard Association for this squad.

He is training with Richard Breese and Stephen Edwards at the Aktiv Ski racing academy which has joined forces with Inspire on the European Development & Excellence Programme based in Italy.

He also receives strength and conditioning support from Performance Hertfordshire as a selected athlete on the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme, but is looking for sponsors to help him along his pathway.

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