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”.

British Indoor Telemark Series Final

On Saturday the final round of the 2014 British Indoor Telemark Series was held at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

Following three tightly contested races in Glasgow, Manchester and Tamworth the stakes were high for the Hemel final with the top races looking to take the Series title.

Races traveled from all over the UK including Team Scotland who has enjoyed a fruitful summer racing in the second British Indoor Series. The races were also well attended by members of the Forces who have started training for British Army / British Telemark Championships, which will take place in January, in the Austrian resort of Rauris.

The indoor GS combi course, set by Adrian Pery, combined 13m gates with a jump and rap (360 degree turn) followed by a short skate back up the hill to the finish.

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Results:

Men

1st Colin Shepherd

2nd Sion Bingham (U21)

3rd Robert Houstoun

Women

1st Anna Morrissey

2nd Alison Morrissey

3rd Sally Bartlett

Download Hemel Results here and the Overall Indoor Results here.

Chief of Race, Jack Harvard Taylor commented: “The race wrapped up what has been a fantastic summer series. We’ve seen plenty of new talent emerge and I’ve also been particularly encouraged to see a number of alpine racers successfully crossing over into telemark which is great for our sport.”

Finally, British Telemark thanks Sally Bartlett, Simon Everitt and Alison and Anna Morrissey for organising this fantastic weekends racing.