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”.

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.

 

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.

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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.

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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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