Successful British Championships and Rauris World Cup!

Last week we all returned from Rauris, Austria after a fantastic few weeks of training and racing. The first 2 weeks were the British Championships which were followed directly by the third World Cup of the season. The standard of skiing at the British Championships was the best we have ever seen and really bodes well for the future of British Telemark! We were slightly lacking in snow but the event was still a huge success and a big thank you must be given to the Army and Navy for all their work organising it. Thank you also to the sponsors who gave some fantastic prizes this year: Snow and Rock, POC, Belton Cheese, Reusch, Rossignol and Tog 24. The full results from the British Championships can be found at: AWSA Telemark

We had three Championship races: GS, Sprint and Classic and two Development races: Sprint and Classic. It was great to see the Development racers racing their Classic on the same slope as the Championship race. Congratulations to Jasmin Taylor and James French who are this years British Champions! Anna Morrissey came second in the ladies and Fred Thomas and Jack Harvard Taylor came second and third respectively in the mens.

The new Senior and Development teams were announced at the prizegiving, congratulations to all those selected! Thank you to Chris Wotton who has taken over the role of team coach and was fantastic at spotting new talent and getting everyone involved. The event finished with the mountain race where everyone gets up stupidly early to race up the mountain. A special mention to James French who was leading the race until his skin fell off ha!

New Senior Team:

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Ladies: Jasmin Taylor, Anna Morrissey
Men: Jack Harvard Taylor, James French, Freddy Thomas, Chippy White, Andrew Clarke

New Development Team:
Men: Robert Houstoun, Louis Hatchwell, Ben Atkinson, Danny Johnson, Paddy Armour

Men: Robert Houstoun, Louis Hatchwell, Ben Atkinson, Danny Johnson, Paddy Armour

Jas, Anna, Jack, James, Freddy, Chippy, Andy, Ben, Louis and Robbie competed in the Rauris World Cup. Everyone skied really well, Jas finished 6th in the Sprint and James finished 19th in the Classic. It was impressive to see a couple of the new Development team members getting a top 30 place too! The classic race, set by Urban Simcic, lived up to last years with seven rollers in the skate section taking us all the way to the bottom of the Kreutzboden chair lift..very tiring!
Unfortunately the Slovenian World Cup that was due to follow Rauris has been cancelled due to lack of snow. A few of us are competing at the Inter services Championships in Meribel next week and then Jas and Anna will fly to Steamboat, America to compete in the fourth World Cup.

British Telemark Announces the British Indoor Telemark Series 2013

British Telemark is proud to announce the British Indoor Telemark Series 2013. This is the first ‘telemark specific’ indoor race series to take place on UK soil.

Starting in Glasgow on the 27th July, the series will then move down the country to Manchester (17th August), before finishing at Hemel Hempstead on the 31st August.

The races are not just for the telemark elite.. British Telemark welcomes telemark skiers of all ages and abilities as well as competent alpine skiers who think they have what it takes! Free informal coaching will be available on the race days and there will be spare telemark equipment available for hire.

The races will take place in the form of a sprint / combi race and times from two runs will be put together to give a winner. A number of the British Telemark Ski Team will also be at hand to offer racing advice and general telemark tips!

For more information and entry, go to the event page.

2013 British Championships Race Report

On the 5th January the British Team arrived in the small Austria town of Rauris to commence training in preparation for the British Championships and the second FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2012/13 season.

Joined by over one hundred servicemen and women from across the three services (British Army, Royal Navy and RAF) competition was fierce for podium places in both the Army and Open Championship races.

Rauris, Austria

With the addition of the recently selected Junior Development Team, comprising of: Edward Lees, Nick Henderson and Ollie Wotton the team spent the first five days freeskiing before progressing into GS gates prior to the first Championship race.

As a result of the rising temperatures in the valley, the race jury took the decision to move the opening race up the hill to the Gipfelbahn piste.

Kicking off with GS, racers battled against poor visibility and 30cm of fresh snow on the hill. With less than a second separating the top three men after the first run, Chris Stewart took the gold medal followed by Jack Harvard Taylor and James French.

Jack Harvard Taylor

The following day provided the British racers with similar, challenging conditions for the Sprint Classic race. Again Chris Stewart skied into first place, closely followed by James French and Jack Harvard Taylor finishing in bronze medal position.

On the final day of racing the sun emerged for the Classic race, the longest of the three Championship races. The demanding course started with a flat one hundred metre skate before dropping into a series of open ‘super G’ style gates. Following on from this, athletes where put through their paces with a long GS section before the rap (360 degree banked turn) and uphill skate into the finish. After an exhilarating race Chris Stewart beat Jack and James, finishing with an impressive final skate and clinching the gold medal.

British Telemark Championships 2013

Today the 2013 British Telemark Championships drew to a close in Rauris, Austria after three very tightly fought races.

Results:

Overall men’s –

1st Chris Stewart

2nd Jack Harvard Taylor

3rd James French

Overall women’s:

1st Anna Morrissey

2nd Alison Morrissey

Overall junior’s:

1st Ed Lees

2nd Ollie Wotton

With the British Championships now over, the team is focusing its efforts towards the British hosted FIS Telemark World Cup taking place on Friday and Saturday in Rauris.

Full report to follow!

Anna Morrissey Returns to Training

Senior Development Team member Anna Morrissey updates us on her progress as she prepares for the British Championships in Rauris, Austria. “Feels great to be back on snow after a long recovery break from my operation! Have had a fantastic (slightly more relaxed) first week back on my off piste skis. Although its not race training, I find skiing in the deep stuff really helps me improve my balance. I’ve now left France and am training with Chris and Andy Stewart in Obertilliach, Austria. The snow is perfect and it feels great to be back on my race skis!

They (Andy and Chris) have been hugely influential in my previous training so I am looking forward to a week with the two of them before the British Championships start. This week’s training has been organised by Totally Nordic a company run by Alan Eason, ex GB XC skier, who is based here and is going to help us with our skating. Finding motivation to train is not hard with lots of fit young male biathletes running around the place!”