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

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Hintertux World Cup Sprint Report

This morning saw the world’s best telemark racers compete in the opening FIS Telemark World Cup Sprint of the 2016/17 season. And was no shortage of action in both the men’s and the women’s races with big crashes, broken poles and even a snowmobile on fire by the side of the course!

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11 nations competed in the tightly contested Sprint which was won by the unstoppable Amelie Raymond from Switzerland, and France’s Phil Lau.

Representing Great Britain was: Jasmin Taylor, Tara Parks, Jasper Taylor, Louis Hatchwell and Alec Dixon.

Jasmin finished the race in 4th place with a super fast second run – beating all the other ladies, including overall race winner Amelie Reymond! Similarly, Tara finished her first ever Telemark World Cup with a top 10 result, beating a number of very experienced racer, and finishing in 9th position.

The men also had a successful morning with Louis taking another top 20 spot, finishing in 18th position after two solid runs. Jasper and Alec coming in 20th and 27th respectively.

Tara Parks commented after the race, “I can’t quite explain the relief of simply making it to the bottom of the course twice, let alone where I placed! I’m honestly a little bit shocked but now looking forward to seeing how I get on over the next two days…hopefully the nerves will subside a little now so I can at least eat breakfast.”

And Team Captain, Louis Hatchwell, added: “Today’s sprint has been a great opening tester for the British Squad.

“Naila Cardwell made her World Cup debut as forerunner and proved she is very much ready for the circuit. Another newcomer Tara Parks, stormed into 9th in her first ever, yes you heard me, first ever World Cup. Top 10, we might as well all go home… Jasmin Taylor surprised no one and ripped into 4th after a blistering 2nd run, might I add, the fastest of the day.

“For the boys, Alec ‘the lionheart’ Dixon showed some of his best skiing today, really finding form in run 2. The one and only Jasper Taylor (no relation to Jasmin Taylor despite what the legendary commentator Jack Harvard Taylor says) vaulted up the leaderboard after putting down the 11th fastest time in the second run out of the gents. Finally, best till last, I, Louis Hatchwell, came 18th and got a lifetime best .

“What a day for GB. Bring on tomorrow”.

Tomorrow the team will race in another Sprint, before coming head-to-head in the Parallel Sprint on Sunday.

You can watch all the highlights from today, plus tomorrow’s Sprint here. The first run will start at 08:15 GMT and the second run at 10:45 GMT. Ex-British Team racer, Jack Harvard Taylor, will once again be in the commentary box – brining you all the action.

 

FIS Telemark Committee update

Zurich (SUI) – 16 October:

The FIS Telemark Committee had a successful meeting in Zurich primarily looking at details for the upcoming season. Competitions will begin in late November (28th -30th  on the Hintertux Glacier (AUT) and the season will end with the World Cup Finals in Rjukan (NOR) in March. In total, racers will compete in 20 World Cup races in Central Europe and Scandinavia.

The spotlight this winter will be the FIS World Championships for both juniors and seniors in Steamboat Springs (USA). All eyes will be on the defending champions, Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Tobias Mueller (GER), both with overall World Cup and individual World Championship titles.

The biggest step this season is the implementation of standard software for timekeeping. Software from the French company Vola will be provided for all Organisers of FIS Telemark World Cups that also automates the transfer of result files to FIS which allows for quicker publishing. At the same time, all provisions for live TV production are met with the new programme. In addition, live streaming will be available from a number of FIS Telemark World Cup events this season.

With these key changes, the Committee hopes to shift the positioning of Telemark Skiing towards greater marketing value and media exposure. Its’ primary strategic goal remains the inclusion of Telemark Skiing onto the programme of the Olympic Winter Games.

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