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Charlotte Bankes was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1995 is a snowboarder who represented France in international competition. Since 2018–2019 season she is representing Great Britain.
She is the reigning world champion and has dominated the current World Cup season.
She made her debut on the FIS Snowboard World Cup a few months before representing France at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She also competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, where she finished 7th. After the 2018 Games she switched from representing France to competing for Great Britain, in part due to struggling to fully recover from her pelvic injury, despite the French Ski Federation paying for surgery and therapy. She took her first World Cup podium finish for Team GB in a race in Breuil-Cervinia in December 2018, where she pipped her French former team-mate Nelly Moenne-Loccoz to third place.
She participated at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2019, winning a silver medal in the snowboard cross competition. Two years later, she went one better at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2021, when she won the snowboard cross competition.
The 26-year-old is Britain’s leading hope for gold in Team GB at the Winter Olympics in Beijing in China which started on the second of February 2022.