British success at 2017 FIS Telemark World Championships

Last week five athletes represented Great Britain at the 2017 FIS Telemark World Championships in the French resort of Montchavin – La Plagne.

Jasmin Taylor
Naila Cardwell
Louis Hatchwell
Sion Bingham
Alec Dixon

The prestigious bi-annual event is widely regarded as the pinnacle of telemark racing and the highlight of the international telemark calendar.

889a3f21-f4c4-4896-a281-bdf8a98d8e9e During the course of the week, athletes from seven nations competed in the four World Championship disciplines: Classic, Sprint, Parallel Sprint and the Team Parallel Sprint. And unlike the annual FIS Telemark World Cup, which concluded the previous week, athletes don’t accumulate points and therefore racers risk all for the opportunity to be crowned ‘World Champion’.

On Wednesday racing got underway with the Team Parallel Sprint. Taylor, Hatchwell and Bingham took on Team Germany but were unfortunately knocked out in the first round to a more experienced team who went on to take bronze.

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Success came on Friday when Jasmin Taylor took her first World Championship medal in the Classic, the longest and most physically demanding of the telemark disciplines. Taylor took 3rd position, commenting, “It feels great to have achieved all of my season goals and more. The medal at the World Championships came in the discipline I least expected and I’m proud to have given everything in all my races”.

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Ex-British Team racer and wintersports commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor: “Jasmin has once again stepped up her skiing this season taking six World Cup podiums. The World Championship bronze medal really is the cherry on the cake!”

“The team has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Five years on from Jasmin taking Great Britain’s first telemark medal at the Junior World Championships (WJC) in Esport, Spain – Jasper Taylor (unrelated to Jasmin) took the first British male WJC medal earlier in the month. There is a positive future ahead for GB Telemark”.

GB Telemark’s Norwegian medal haul

Yesterday represents another key milestone for GB Telemark and concludes our most successful medal haul to date.

The World Cup picked up in Hurdal, Norway, last weekend before continuing to the birthplace of Telemark skiing, Rjukan for the World Cup and esteemed Junior World Championships.

Jasmin Taylor and Louis Hatchwell represented Great Britain in Hurdal, in one of the most tightly contested races on the FIS World Cup circuit, where Taylor took her first ever podium in the Classic, finishing in bronze medal position. She commented, “the racing began with a skate-heavy Classic and I am very pleased to say I finished on the podium in 3rd position behind Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR), achieving my first ever World Cup podium in the discipline”.

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The following day Taylor took another bronze medal, this time in the Parallel Sprint, after a good fight in the small final, finishing just ahead of Norway’s Guro Kjolseth.

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After the last race in Hurdal, Taylor and Hatchwell alongside British Team coach Seb Mansart packed up and travelled to Oslo to collect the British Junior Team: Naila Cardwell, Sion Bingham, Alec and Colin Dixon and Jasper Taylor. Next stop – Rjukan!

The race days in Rjukan included both World Cup races and World Junior Championship races, which made for a very busy schedule for the racers and the organisers alike. The Junior World Championship Classic kicked off the racing, followed by the World Cup Classic later that afternoon. It wasn’t long before the British Junior’s found their feet with many personal best results including a number of top 30 results however it was the Parallel Sprint on the final day where the British Junior Team excelled. Naila Cardwell took 9th position, the Dixon brothers finished in 17th and Jasper Taylor stole the show, taking Great Britain’s first ever male Junior World Championship medal, finishing in second position!
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Ex-British Team member and commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor commented, “this is another historic milestone for British Telemark. Exactly five years ago Jasmin Taylor took Great Britain’s first ever telemark medal at Junior World Championships in Esport, Spain. Today we saw Jasper break the mould yet again, showing Great Britain can compete at the very highest level in wintersports against the alpine nations. 

Harvard Taylor added, “Jasper is one of the most naturally gifted telemark racers I’ve seen join the GB Telemark Team in recent years. I have no doubt if Jasper continues to race, he will have a very successful senior career on the World Cup circuit, similar to Jasmin Taylor”.

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Telemark World Cup mid-season update

Last weekend the British Team concluded a busy few weeks of racing, in Oberjoch, Germany.

At the end of January, Jasmin Taylor took two podiums in Krvavec, Slovenia – bronze in the Parallel Sprint followed by another bronze medal two days later in the Sprint. Jasmin commented, “I qualified in 3rd position, paired against my most regular Norwegian opponent, Mathilde Ilebrekke, in the first round. I won the dual and moved forward to meet Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond but lost out which meant meeting Argeline Tan Bouquet from France in the small final”.

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Louis Hatchwell finished in a highly creditable 9th position in the Parallel Sprint after coming up against Switzerland’s Gaetan Procureur and Nicolas Michel. And achieved a personal best in the Sprint, finishing 16th.

The races in Krvavec were televised for the first time on the Olympic Channel‘s Facebook Page and with over 2.1 million people tuning in – the races were deemed a huge success! The new Olympic Channel also provides us with an excellent opportunity to reach much larger audiences than we’ve been able to reach in the past.

Due to the lack of snow in Germany the organisers took the decision to run two Parallel Sprints instead of one Sprint and one Parallel. In the first, Jasmin qualified in 4th and raced Argeline Tan Bouquet from France, finishing just outside the medals in 4th position. Louis finished in 17th place after racing France’s Elie Nabot. Colin Dixon qualified for his first World Cup Parallel Sprint but unfortunately came up against the winner, Tobias Mueller.

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The team now enjoy a well deserved rest before heading to Norway for the next round of the FIS Telemark World Cup!

Krvavec Telemark Word Cup

Following a busy period of racing with World Cup races in La Thuile and Meribel the team has now arrived in Slovenia for the Krvavec FIS Telemark World Cup.

In La Thuile Jasmin Taylor took her first podium of the season with a silver medal in the Sprint and the British men achieved a number of creditable top 15 finishes.

This weekend we have an exciting line up of races in Krvavec, starting on Saturday with the Parallel Sprint followed by the Team Parallel Sprint on Sunday and the Sprint on Monday.

The racing will be broadcast for the first time on the Olympic Channel and on Facebook Live. The Olympic Channel an internet television service operated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was launched in August 2016, alongside the closing of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The service’s main goal is to maintain year-round interest in Olympic sports between iterations of the Summer and Winter Olympics, especially among a younger audience.

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Ex-British racer and commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor commented, “the team has produced some very promising results in the last couple of weeks.

“Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond has been a dominant force this season on the World Cup – remarkably winning every race so far so it would be great to see Jasmin or one of the other girls take the win in Krvavec! Louis Hatchwell has also been skiing exceptionally well in recent weeks so I have no doubt he will be on the attack this weekend”.

Hintertux World Cup Sprint Report – Day 2

Today saw the second FIS Telemark World Cup Sprint, here in Hintertux, Austria. Once again Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond took a convincing win, ahead of Norway’s Mathilde Ilebreeke and Thea Lunde. And in the men’s race, the German Team stole the show with Tobi Mueller and Jonas Schmid taking the 1-2, followed by Stefan Matter from Switzerland, after a tightly contested second run!

British Team results:
Jasmin – 6th
Tara – 13th
Jasper – 19th
Alec – 30th
Louis – DNF

Ex-British Team racer and World Cup commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor, commented: “Today was tough, but I saw a huge amount of potential in everyone’s skiing at certain points on the course. With two runs in the sprint event – consistency is absolutely the key to success, both physically but also psychologically”.

Tomorrow the team will compete in the Parallel Sprint, going head-to-head againgst the other nations in what will be a very exciting race!

Watch all the action, here, live from 08:15 GMT.

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Course Inspection

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Naila Cardwell

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Jasmin Taylor

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Louis Hatchwell

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Hintertux World Cup Sprint Report

This morning saw the world’s best telemark racers compete in the opening FIS Telemark World Cup Sprint of the 2016/17 season. And was no shortage of action in both the men’s and the women’s races with big crashes, broken poles and even a snowmobile on fire by the side of the course!

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11 nations competed in the tightly contested Sprint which was won by the unstoppable Amelie Raymond from Switzerland, and France’s Phil Lau.

Representing Great Britain was: Jasmin Taylor, Tara Parks, Jasper Taylor, Louis Hatchwell and Alec Dixon.

Jasmin finished the race in 4th place with a super fast second run – beating all the other ladies, including overall race winner Amelie Reymond! Similarly, Tara finished her first ever Telemark World Cup with a top 10 result, beating a number of very experienced racer, and finishing in 9th position.

The men also had a successful morning with Louis taking another top 20 spot, finishing in 18th position after two solid runs. Jasper and Alec coming in 20th and 27th respectively.

Tara Parks commented after the race, “I can’t quite explain the relief of simply making it to the bottom of the course twice, let alone where I placed! I’m honestly a little bit shocked but now looking forward to seeing how I get on over the next two days…hopefully the nerves will subside a little now so I can at least eat breakfast.”

And Team Captain, Louis Hatchwell, added: “Today’s sprint has been a great opening tester for the British Squad.

“Naila Cardwell made her World Cup debut as forerunner and proved she is very much ready for the circuit. Another newcomer Tara Parks, stormed into 9th in her first ever, yes you heard me, first ever World Cup. Top 10, we might as well all go home… Jasmin Taylor surprised no one and ripped into 4th after a blistering 2nd run, might I add, the fastest of the day.

“For the boys, Alec ‘the lionheart’ Dixon showed some of his best skiing today, really finding form in run 2. The one and only Jasper Taylor (no relation to Jasmin Taylor despite what the legendary commentator Jack Harvard Taylor says) vaulted up the leaderboard after putting down the 11th fastest time in the second run out of the gents. Finally, best till last, I, Louis Hatchwell, came 18th and got a lifetime best .

“What a day for GB. Bring on tomorrow”.

Tomorrow the team will race in another Sprint, before coming head-to-head in the Parallel Sprint on Sunday.

You can watch all the highlights from today, plus tomorrow’s Sprint here. The first run will start at 08:15 GMT and the second run at 10:45 GMT. Ex-British Team racer, Jack Harvard Taylor, will once again be in the commentary box – brining you all the action.

 

5 days until the opening 2016/17 FIS Telemark World Cup

With just five days remaining until the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2016/17, the British Team are making final preparations!

The races will take place in Hintertux, the only Austrian resort to offer skiing 365 days of the year, thanks to its high altitude glacier perched at 3,250m.

This year all the races will be broadcast live from Hintertux and can be viewed here on the British Telemark website. Additionally, Jack Harvard Taylor ex-British Team racer, will be commentating on all the action, live from Hintertux.

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The programme:

Thursday, 24th November 2016
8.00 p.m. Opening Ceremony and public bib draw at the Medal-Plaza in Tux-Lanersbach

Friday, 25th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start 1. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 1. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
12.00 a.m. Start 2. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 2. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competitionr
2.30 p.m. Flower ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus
5.30 p.m. Team Captains Meeting and bib draw at the Tux-Center

Saturday, 26th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start 1. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 1. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
12.00 a.m. Start 2. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 2. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
2.30 p.m. Flower ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus
5.30 p.m. Team Captains Meeting and bib draw at the Tux-Center
8.00 p.m. Price giving ceremony at the Medal-Plaza in Tux-Lanersbach

Sunday, 27th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start men Quali FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
Following Start women Quali FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
11.30 a.m. Run men FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
Following Run women FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
2.30 p.m. Price giving ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus

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Successful start to the season for the British Team in Hintertux

Last weekend the British Telemark Team were in Hintertux, Austria for the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2015/16 season.

The team comprised of Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Jasper Taylor, Fred Thomas, Sion Bingham, Robert Houstoun, Alistair Cruz-Mermy and Colin and Alec Dixon.

Strong winds and heavy snowfall made for difficult racing conditions high up on the Hintertux glacier. The team competed in two Sprints and one Parallel Sprint over the course of the weekend. Jasmin Taylor took 5th in the Parallel Sprint and 6th in the second Sprint; she said, “I had such a great time racing in Hintertux, was awesome to have such a big British Team this year with so many British supporters there cheering us on. A very positive start to the season!”

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The British men achieved a number of top 30 finishes in the opening races. FIS World Cup commentator and ex-British athlete, Jack Harvard Taylor, commented, “I watched some really promising performances over the weekend. We have a number of younger British racers coming through the system and it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be pushing for top 15 positions.

“It’s always difficult to call these early season races, but we saw an exciting display of thrills and spills! Frenchman Philippe Lau and Switzerland’s Amelie Raymond dominated the opening races, however the new single run format introduced into the Parallel Sprint mixed things up with the young Charlie Fradet from France taking the top spot in the men’s race.”

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The team will now return to training over the Christmas period before the World Cup continues in La Plagne, France on 26th January 2016.

6 days until the opening FIS Telemark World Cup in Hintertux, AUT

Preparations are underway for the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2015/16 season in Hintertux, Austria.

Screenshot 2015-11-21 09.41.54Representing Great Britain in Hintertux will be: Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Jasper Taylor, Fred Thomas, James French, Sion Bingham, Alistair Cruz-Mermy, Robbie Houstoun and Colin and Alec Dixon.

It was in Hintertux two years ago Jasmin Taylor won her first World Cup podium in the Parallel Sprint, finishing in 2nd position. Speaking to the BBC earlier in the month, Jasmin said, “My goals for the coming season are ‘input’ goals rather than ‘outcome’ goals,” she continued. “But of course you always want to see an improvement in timings and results. 

“I’m extra intent on improving elements of my technique, fitness and mentality, which should in theory improve results but without that being the immediate process.”

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

Louis Hatchwell, last year, archived his best World Cup finish in the Hintertux Parallel Sprint – gaining a creditable 17th position in what is considered one of the tougher race hills on the World Cup circuit.

Once again TELE HO productions will be bringing you all the live action throughout the weekend from Austria. FIS Telemark Chairman, Andrew Clarke and ex-British Team athlete, Jack Harvard Taylor will be commentating on this exciting opening race of the 2015/16 season. Watch the LIVE action here.