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.

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:

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Mixed Results in Chamonix

The British Team had a mixed weekend at the Chamonix FIS World Cup and Junior World Championships.

On Saturday, the team competed in a night Sprint race on the Le Planard slope in the centre of Chamonix. With a good turnout of spectators lining the course and plenty of British support, there was a great atmosphere as the light faded into darkness.

Team captain, Jack Harvard Taylor said “it was a tough race for all the British Team. The first course, set by French National coach Dennis Garcon, was fast in the gates and very rhythmic. After the first run, Bonny Michelle SUI set the second course which wasn’t quite as open and opted for a slightly shorter skate after the rap (360)”.

The following day the team headed down the valley to Les Houches for the Classic race. Taking place on the lower half of the famous La Verte piste, where the Alpine WC downhill takes place in February, Jasmin Taylor skied into 5th position in the Juniors – narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Well done Jasmin!!

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!”

Coupe de France de Télémark

Yesterday Jasmin Taylor and Jack Harvard Taylor competed in the opening French Cup of the 2012/13 season in Southern French resort of Vars.

With only one week on-snow training prior to the ‘telemark sprint’ race Jasmin and Jack had a tough challenge competiting against some of the best French and Swiss athletes, many of whom also compete on the FIS World Cup circuit.

“Leaving the Chamonix Vallee in the early hours of Saturday morning with coach Séb Mansart and the Ski Club Les Houches we arrived in Vars to sunshine and a warm welcome from our friends on the French National Team”, Jack said.

Jasmin finished 9th overall in the strong womens field and Jack skied into 15th position after starting at the back of the field with bib number 61. With lessons learned and new areas of focus before the British Championships and World Cup in Rauris, Austria – both Jasmin and Jack will continue training in Les Houches.

Finally Jasmin and Jack would like to thank Kneissl UK and the Mountain Boot Company (Scarpa) for supplying them with ski and boots this season.

Jasmin Taylor campaigning to ‘Get Telemark Olympic’

On the 26th October Jasmin Taylor visited St. Matthews Primary School in Ipswich for their Sports Enrichment Day. After speaking about telemark skiing and her experience racing on the British Team and World Cup she also spoke about her campaign to get telemark into the Winter Olympic Games.

See the below article published last Thursday in the East Anglian Daily Times:

To follow Jasmin’s progress take a look at her website and find her in Twitter @JasminTaylor.

#LetsGetTelemarkOlympic