French Cup Finals – Les Contamines

The British Telemark Team was well represented at the finals of the French Cup in Les Contamines FRA over Easter Weekend.

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Bad visibility made for tough conditions on Sunday for the first of two Sprints. Following the course inspection – the start of the race was delayed by over an hour which gave the athletes time to warm up thoroughly before the race got underway.

Results (by category):
1st Jasmin Taylor (U30)
4th Ollie Wotton (U16)
4th Jack Harvard Taylor (U30)
5th Sion Bingham (U18)

Congratulations to all on such fantastic results!

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Ollie Wotton

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Jasmin Taylor

 

Jasmin Taylor takes bronze in the Sprint at the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championships

LONDON: Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Yesterday Jasmin Taylor won Great Britain’s first FIS Telemark World Championship medal in Steamboat Springs, USA.

Jasmin, who arrived in Colorado just a few days ago from her training base in Les Houches FRA, is competing against the world’s fastest telemark ski racers at the 2015 World Championships.

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Following official training on Monday, racing commenced yesterday with the Telemark Sprint race – the shortest of the three FIS Telemark disciplines with each run typically lasting 45 seconds.

Starting bib number 7, Jasmin skied into third position after the first run, just seconds behind Argeline Tan-Bouquet of France and Switzerland’s World Cup leader Amélie Reymond.

During the second run Jasmin skied well in the GS gates before storming through the skating section at the bottom of the course and finishing with a combined time of 2:03.35 for the two runs.

Jasmin commented after the race: “It’s great to finally ski the way I know I can ski. I felt so solid on the jump and went long. I’m so pleased to have won a significant medal at this level – feels awesome!”

FIS Telemark Chairman and ex-British athlete, Andrew Clarke said: “I am so very proud of Jaz; she has given it her all since starting her journey with telemark.” And went on to say, “what a transformation from the unsteady telemarker myself and Jack Harvard Taylor took for a trial ski in 2010. She deserved that today! When you put it into perspective considering the competition and see they all come from countries where skiing is almost second nature it makes it all that much sweeter.”

 

Final results of the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championship, Ladies Sprint:

1st Amélie Reymond, SUI

2nd Mathilde Ilebrekke, NOR

3rd Jasmin Taylor, GBR

 

Racing continues today (Wednesday 25) with the Parallel Sprint and will be broadcast live at 17:00 GMT.

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10 days until The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show arrives in London

Where: Earls Court 2, London
When: 30 October – 2 November 2014

What: Whether you’ve never set foot on a slope or are a seasoned pro there is something for everyone at The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show London. With live freestyle demonstrations, fashion shows, lessons for all abilities, après bars, live music, Olympic athletes and over 250 top brands, tour operators and chalet companies showcasing the best in winter sports we are the perfect place to kick-start your season!

For more information – click here!

Telegraph Ski Show

FIS Telemark Committee update

Zurich (SUI) – 16 October:

The FIS Telemark Committee had a successful meeting in Zurich primarily looking at details for the upcoming season. Competitions will begin in late November (28th -30th  on the Hintertux Glacier (AUT) and the season will end with the World Cup Finals in Rjukan (NOR) in March. In total, racers will compete in 20 World Cup races in Central Europe and Scandinavia.

The spotlight this winter will be the FIS World Championships for both juniors and seniors in Steamboat Springs (USA). All eyes will be on the defending champions, Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Tobias Mueller (GER), both with overall World Cup and individual World Championship titles.

The biggest step this season is the implementation of standard software for timekeeping. Software from the French company Vola will be provided for all Organisers of FIS Telemark World Cups that also automates the transfer of result files to FIS which allows for quicker publishing. At the same time, all provisions for live TV production are met with the new programme. In addition, live streaming will be available from a number of FIS Telemark World Cup events this season.

With these key changes, the Committee hopes to shift the positioning of Telemark Skiing towards greater marketing value and media exposure. Its’ primary strategic goal remains the inclusion of Telemark Skiing onto the programme of the Olympic Winter Games.

For further information, click here.

British Indoor Telemark Series Final

On Saturday the final round of the 2014 British Indoor Telemark Series was held at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

Following three tightly contested races in Glasgow, Manchester and Tamworth the stakes were high for the Hemel final with the top races looking to take the Series title.

Races traveled from all over the UK including Team Scotland who has enjoyed a fruitful summer racing in the second British Indoor Series. The races were also well attended by members of the Forces who have started training for British Army / British Telemark Championships, which will take place in January, in the Austrian resort of Rauris.

The indoor GS combi course, set by Adrian Pery, combined 13m gates with a jump and rap (360 degree turn) followed by a short skate back up the hill to the finish.

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Results:

Men

1st Colin Shepherd

2nd Sion Bingham (U21)

3rd Robert Houstoun

Women

1st Anna Morrissey

2nd Alison Morrissey

3rd Sally Bartlett

Download Hemel Results here and the Overall Indoor Results here.

Chief of Race, Jack Harvard Taylor commented: “The race wrapped up what has been a fantastic summer series. We’ve seen plenty of new talent emerge and I’ve also been particularly encouraged to see a number of alpine racers successfully crossing over into telemark which is great for our sport.”

Finally, British Telemark thanks Sally Bartlett, Simon Everitt and Alison and Anna Morrissey for organising this fantastic weekends racing.