Hintertux World Cup Sprint Report – Day 2

Today saw the second FIS Telemark World Cup Sprint, here in Hintertux, Austria. Once again Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond took a convincing win, ahead of Norway’s Mathilde Ilebreeke and Thea Lunde. And in the men’s race, the German Team stole the show with Tobi Mueller and Jonas Schmid taking the 1-2, followed by Stefan Matter from Switzerland, after a tightly contested second run!

British Team results:
Jasmin – 6th
Tara – 13th
Jasper – 19th
Alec – 30th
Louis – DNF

Ex-British Team racer and World Cup commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor, commented: “Today was tough, but I saw a huge amount of potential in everyone’s skiing at certain points on the course. With two runs in the sprint event – consistency is absolutely the key to success, both physically but also psychologically”.

Tomorrow the team will compete in the Parallel Sprint, going head-to-head againgst the other nations in what will be a very exciting race!

Watch all the action, here, live from 08:15 GMT.

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Course Inspection

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Naila Cardwell

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Jasmin Taylor

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Louis Hatchwell

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Alec Dixon

Jasper Taylor

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5 days until the opening 2016/17 FIS Telemark World Cup

With just five days remaining until the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2016/17, the British Team are making final preparations!

The races will take place in Hintertux, the only Austrian resort to offer skiing 365 days of the year, thanks to its high altitude glacier perched at 3,250m.

This year all the races will be broadcast live from Hintertux and can be viewed here on the British Telemark website. Additionally, Jack Harvard Taylor ex-British Team racer, will be commentating on all the action, live from Hintertux.

Jasmin Taylor in Hintertux

The programme:

Thursday, 24th November 2016
8.00 p.m. Opening Ceremony and public bib draw at the Medal-Plaza in Tux-Lanersbach

Friday, 25th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start 1. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 1. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
12.00 a.m. Start 2. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 2. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competitionr
2.30 p.m. Flower ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus
5.30 p.m. Team Captains Meeting and bib draw at the Tux-Center

Saturday, 26th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start 1. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 1. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
12.00 a.m. Start 2. run women FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
Following Start 2. run men FIS Telemark Worldcup sprint competition
2.30 p.m. Flower ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus
5.30 p.m. Team Captains Meeting and bib draw at the Tux-Center
8.00 p.m. Price giving ceremony at the Medal-Plaza in Tux-Lanersbach

Sunday, 27th November 2016
09.30 a.m. Start men Quali FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
Following Start women Quali FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
11.30 a.m. Run men FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
Following Run women FIS Telemark Worldcup parallel sprint competition
2.30 p.m. Price giving ceremony on Hintertux Glacier, Tuxer Fernerhaus

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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.

6 days until the opening FIS Telemark World Cup in Hintertux, AUT

Preparations are underway for the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2015/16 season in Hintertux, Austria.

Screenshot 2015-11-21 09.41.54Representing Great Britain in Hintertux will be: Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Jasper Taylor, Fred Thomas, James French, Sion Bingham, Alistair Cruz-Mermy, Robbie Houstoun and Colin and Alec Dixon.

It was in Hintertux two years ago Jasmin Taylor won her first World Cup podium in the Parallel Sprint, finishing in 2nd position. Speaking to the BBC earlier in the month, Jasmin said, “My goals for the coming season are ‘input’ goals rather than ‘outcome’ goals,” she continued. “But of course you always want to see an improvement in timings and results. 

“I’m extra intent on improving elements of my technique, fitness and mentality, which should in theory improve results but without that being the immediate process.”

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

Louis Hatchwell, last year, archived his best World Cup finish in the Hintertux Parallel Sprint – gaining a creditable 17th position in what is considered one of the tougher race hills on the World Cup circuit.

Once again TELE HO productions will be bringing you all the live action throughout the weekend from Austria. FIS Telemark Chairman, Andrew Clarke and ex-British Team athlete, Jack Harvard Taylor will be commentating on this exciting opening race of the 2015/16 season. Watch the LIVE action here.

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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Team Manager, Jack Harvard Taylor, commented “We are thrilled to have Buff UK on board for the forthcoming season. Buff produce a range of exceptionally functional, good looking headwear and I know the team will really benefit from their Polar Buff’s in the sub zero temperatures in Norway.”

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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!!