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!!
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!”
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.
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.