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.


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”.


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”.

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.


Course Inspection


Naila Cardwell


Jasmin Taylor


Louis Hatchwell


Alec Dixon

Jasper Taylor

Jasper Taylor

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!


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.


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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French Cup Finals – Les Contamines

The British Telemark Team was well represented at the finals of the French Cup in Les Contamines FRA over Easter Weekend.

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Bad visibility made for tough conditions on Sunday for the first of two Sprints. Following the course inspection – the start of the race was delayed by over an hour which gave the athletes time to warm up thoroughly before the race got underway.

Results (by category):
1st Jasmin Taylor (U30)
4th Ollie Wotton (U16)
4th Jack Harvard Taylor (U30)
5th Sion Bingham (U18)

Congratulations to all on such fantastic results!

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Ollie Wotton

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Jasmin Taylor


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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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.




1st Colin Shepherd

2nd Sion Bingham (U21)

3rd Robert Houstoun


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.