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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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.

Mixed results for British Team at Les Contamines World Cup

Last weekend the FIS Telemark Word Cup went to the French resort of Les Contamines Montjoie for the second set of races of the 2013/14 season.

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Les Contamines Montjoie

Representing Great Britain was: Anna Morrissey, Jasmin Taylor, Fred Thomas, Jack Harvard Taylor and James French.

Following a training day on Friday, racing got underway on Saturday morning with the first of two Sprint races. In the men, James and Jack struggled in the first run and failed to make ‘the flip’ (top 30 go in reverse order for the second run) and finished 30th and 31st respectively.

In the ladies, both Anna and Jasmin skied consistently in both runs finishing in 7th and 14th position.

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Jack, James and Anna

The following day only Jasmin qualified for the Parallel Sprint (top 8 ladies and 16 men). Team Captain, Jack Harvard Taylor said “the strong field in Les Contamines made it incredibly difficult to qualify for the Parallel. Usually the organisers try to include the top 32 men but due to time constraints and poor snow cover they took the decision to run with only the top 16”.

Jasmin put down two excellent runs against Mathilde Ilebrekke from Norway but was unfortunately beaten to the line. Mathilde went on to take silver medal in the final, racing against World Champion and overall World Cup leader Amelie Reymond.

Jasmin ready for the Parallel!

Jasmin ready for the Parallel!

On the third and final day of racing, Anna recorded a personal best – finishing in 8th place in Sprint. Jasmin experienced a few difficulties in her first run but managed step it up in the second and crossed the line in 7th position.

Jasmin commented, “It was a tough set of races for me, I’m not satisfied with my skiing but taking a positive, I have learnt a lot and gained more, much need, experience on the World Cup”.

Jack fought hard in both run, finishing in 25th after a tough race with its fair share of thrills and spills!

Watch the highlights here:

Jasmin Taylor wins first FIS Telemark World Cup medal for Great Britain in Hintertux

British Telemark racer Jasmin Taylor took silver medal in Sunday’s opening World Cup Parallel Sprint race of the 2013/14 season, making her the first British athlete to reach the Telemark World Cup podium.

Skiing consistently well in the mornings heats, Taylor reached the final round of the competition and drew Swiss telemark veteran and reigning World Champion, Amelie Reymond.

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British Team Manager and FIS Telemark Chairman, Andrew Clarke commented, “Jasmin beat fellow teammate Anna Morrissey and continued on through the next three rounds to find herself up against the ubiquitous Amelie Reymond, who secured two wins in previous days. Not prepared to give Reymond an inch she battled on in the first run, chasing by only a few tenths of a second into the rap and then following in hot pursuit into the skate. Reymond took the first run with only a couple of ski lengths in it…

In the second run, despite the clear lead Jasmin was relentless and skated the last 100m hard. Unfortunately it was not enough to win but it was more than enough to give Jasmin her first Senior World Cup podium and put British Telemark firmly on the map!”

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Jasmin will now return to her training base in Les Houches, France to commence preparations ahead of the next round of the FIS Telemark World Cup which will be staged in the popular French resort of Les Contamines from the 21 – 23 December.

Jasmin is supported by: EdgeRiders, Colchester Physiotherapy, Kneissl UK, TDS SafeGuard and The Mountain Boot Company.

Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show London

For the 40th year running, The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show London sponsored by Monarch returns to Earls Court 2 bringing all the fun and the excitement of skiing and snowboarding from 30th to 3rd November 2013.

2007-10-26-120146-01Brush up on your skills or try your first snow-plough with ski and snowboard lessons from our partner, Snow Centre, and get your skates on at the Monarch Ice Rink for the ultimate winter themed day out. Then kick back and relax with wine tasting sessions whilst the kids have a go on our inflatable slide. With top destinations, tour ops and retailers also at the show, it’s the perfect place to plan your next trip and pick up everything you’ll need for it.

SKI SHOW PICS 2006 267It’s a great day out for the whole family from the first-time skier to the expert racer and the freestyle cool kid to the master of the piste. What’s more, children under 11 get in for free and the majority of the activities are free once inside – it’s a bargain day out!
For more info – go to: http://www.skiandsnowboard.co.uk/london/

Anna Morrissey starts snow training!

I have been in Austria for a week now and am loving being back in the mountains! I am feeling fit after my hard work over summer. I trained weekly with Huntly Nordic Ski club to work on my skating technique. In summer they train on roller skis and I was fortunate to live very close to them with my summer job. I was able to have coaching from the GB head coach, Roy Young and some of the British athletes: Posy Musgrave and Alex Standen. A massive thank you to the Newman family who really looked after me and gave me a lot of help!

I also had a personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who I completed a three month program with and he has given me a training schedule that I can continue with while I am in Austria. The training has given me a fantastic base fitness which has made my transition to snow training a lot easier.

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So far, I have had one week skiing on the Stubai glacier and one day on the Hintertux glacier. I have spent four of these days with the German Telemark Team who have kindly offered the British Team to join them this season. My team mate, Andrew Clarke is staying with me just now and we have had a few great days skiing in the sunshine…though to our surprise we have just woken up to a FOOT of snow in the valley!!                                              Skiing after Tux press conference

I was struggling to get into a rhythm in my first few days but I am skiing much better now after the help from the Germans and Andrew. I am feeling very confident that with two months on snow before the first World Cup I will be race ready. I have my first few days of gate training this weekend where I am looking forward to try out some of the new techniques I have learnt.

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           Loving life in Stubai!                                            Sporting our Buff UK headwear

British Indoor Series Final – Hemel Hempstead

Last weekend the final round of the British Indoor Series took place at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

The race was well attended by telemark enthusiasts from all over the UK and even attracted a number of FIS Telemark World Cup athletes, including French racer Rémi Fradet. Ski Sunday’s, Graham Bell even foreran!

1157729_10151890253284252_1147928192_nSeries Coordinator, Jack Harvard Taylor commented, “The Hemel race was a real success on a number of levels. It was great to see plenty of younger, alpine racers coming along to give telemark a go!”

“With almost 30 racers at the start and many more taking advantage of free coaching delivered by BASI Telemark Trainer, Joe Beer – this is a huge milestone for telemark racing in the UK”.

Following the racing, Mr Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead kindly awarded the prizes to the winners of each category.

1186190_10151890252934252_1406612762_nThe 2013 indoor series is now over for this year but if you are keen to get into telemark racing – make sure you make it out to Rauris, Austria in January for the 2014 British Telemark Championships!

Full race results can be found here.

British Telemark would like to thank: Ski Bartlett, Backcountry UK, BASI, Scott UK, Hemel Ski Race Club and Ian Findlay for all their support.

 

British Indoor Telemark Series – Hemel Information

Next Saturday (31st August) the final of the British Indoor Telemark Series will take place at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

09:00    The Snow Centre slope opens

13:15    Racer registration closes and bib collection

14:30-14:50 Course inspection and jump practice

15:00    First run

16:30    Second run

17:00    Free practice (with time permitting)

18:00    Prize giving (Prizes awarded by Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead)

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Further information about The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead can be found online at: http://www.thesnowcentre.com/

Event contact details: Jack Harvard Taylor (Chief of Race) – 07799300140

British Telemark looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday at what will be an exciting and fun day!