‘Events’ Category

Norwegian World Cups and World Junior Championships

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Another round of racing complete, this time in Norway – first Hurdal and then Rjukan. In Hurdal, racing began with a skate-heavy Classic and I am very pleased to say I finished on the podium in 3rd position behind Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR), achieving my first ever World Cup podium in the discipline.

The Classic Podium with

The Classic Podium with Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR)

The following day, we raced the Parallel Sprint which was filmed for the Olympic Channel and Norwegian television and was broadcast on NRK2. I qualified in 3rd place and retained my position in the head to head heats, finishing on the podium once more. I raced Beatrice Zimmerman (SUI) in the quarter finals, Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR) in the semi finals and Guro Kjolseth (NOR) in the small final.

The bib/course selection with Andreja Jovan, FIS referee

The bib/course selection with Andreja Jovan, FIS Race Director

The Parallel Sprint Podium in Hurdal with Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR)

The Parallel Sprint Podium in Hurdal with Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR)

Can we all fit up there? Not sure!

The final day of racing in Hurdal was the Sprint event, I finished in 6th place after collecting too many penalties. Once racing was complete, we got packed up and travelled to Oslo to collect the British juniors: Naila Cardwell, Sion Bingham, Alec and Colin Dixon and Jasper Taylor.

Norway's most beautiful mountain; Gaustatoppen

Norway’s most beautiful mountain; Gaustatoppen

The race piste in Rjukan

The race piste in Rjukan

The race days in Rjukan included both World Cup races and World Junior Championship races, which made for a very busy schedule. The World Junior Championship Classic kicked off the racing, followed by the World Cup Classic later that afternoon, I finished in 4th place and skied a penalty-free race which I was pleased with after my Sprint race in Hurdal.

The Classic

The Classic (Photo thanks and credits to Elen Le Bouhellec)

The second race, the Sprint, again commenced with juniors racing in the morning followed by a flood-lit World Cup race. I unfortunately crashed but carried on to finish in 9th place. Louis finished in 17th, Sion in 27th, Alec DNF and Colin in 31st position. Jasper finished in 12th and Naila in 10th place which are both their personal best results!

The final World Cup race, the Parallel Sprint, began as always with the qualification. After finishing in 4th position I was drawn against Spela Micunovic (SLO), then Kim Aegerter (SUI) meeting Amelie Reymond (SUI) in the semi finals and Guro Kjolseth (NOR) in the small final. Guro took the win and I finished in 4th place once more. This race was also broadcast on Norwegian television and this time on the main channel; NRK1 which is brilliant for the sport.

The Smal Final with Guro Kjolseth (NOR)

The Small Final with Guro Kjolseth (NOR) (Photo thanks and credits to Elen Le Bouhellec)

The last day in Rjukan finished with the World Junior Championship Parallel Sprint and a podium for Great Britain! A huge well done and congratulations to Jasper Taylor for his 2nd place! It was very intense viewing and Jasper skied so well, more proof that GB Telemark is on the up!

Jasper Taylor making history for GB Telemark on the World Junior Championship podium

Jasper Taylor making history for GB Telemark on the World Junior Championship podium

A happy GB Telemark Team along with coach and mascot

(L to R) Colin Dixon, Jasper Taylor, Seb Mansart (coach), Sion Bingham, Alec Dixon, Jasmin Taylor, Louis Hatchwell, Lenaig Mansart (mascot), Naila Cardwell

The British results from the World Junior Championships:
Naila Cardwell: 14th (CL), 13th (SP), 9th (PS)
Jasper Taylor: 29th (CL), 15th (SP), 2nd!!! (PS)
Sion Bingham: 26th (CL), 23rd (SP), 17th (PS)
Alec Dixon: 27th (CL), 28th (SP), 17th (PS)
Colin Dixon: 30th (CL), 25th (SP), 17th (PS)

The final round of World Cup racing moves to Thyon, Switzerland later this week before we all head to La Plagne, France for the World Championships.

Opening World Cup 2014-15

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The World Cup season 2014-15 has officially begun and the first round of races in Hintertux (Austria) have proved to be a promising start. Every year the races improve and with most of our competitions being live streamed, family, friends and supporters can watch from wherever they might be in the world, which is a huge boost for the profile of the sport and source of encouragement for those competing.

The opening ceremony was a fun start to the weekend, with everyone coming together for a traditional parade through the village, nation-by-nation.

The Opening Ceremony - Nations United

The Opening Ceremony

The first race of the season was a Sprint on a technical course which was an exhilarating experience. Nerves and tension always run high at the start of the season, however I finished in 4th position. The weather conditions eased and everyone seemed a little more relaxed for the following race which was another Sprint. I finished in 7th position and my team-mate, Louis Hatchwell finished in 31st.

Day 1 - Women's Podium (L to R) Me, Argeline Tan (FRA),

Day 1 – Top 5 Women (L to R) Me GBR, Argeline Tan FRA, Amelie Reymond SUI, Thea Lunde NOR, Simone Oehrli SUI

The final race was the Parallel Sprint, with the seeding decided by the previous days Sprint. Ranked 7th, I was paired with Guro Kjølseth from Norway and after winning the first round, I then faced Johanna Holzmann from Germany.

My first run didn’t start well as I caught my pole in the start gate but the race continued and we headed for the jump. Johanna was then disqualified after crashing out just after the landing. On the second run, after a good start I got my skis crossed a couple of gates before the loom which meant disqualification. I finished in 5th place.

The GB Telemark Team Fan Club!

The GB Telemark Team Fan Club!

All in all, Hintertux has been a solid, interesting start to the season and I can’t wait for the next round.

Here are all the video clips from the three days of racing and pre-race interviews:

New Chapter

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Time for an update I reckon! It’s been a busy but brilliant summer – knee is successfully rehabilitated (thanks to Colchester Physiotherapy), I’m a 21-year-old, a Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Runner-Up and… now a University student.

Next week I begin a new chapter in my life, becoming a part-time (University Campus Suffolk) student in Sport & Exercise Science. This will hopefully work perfectly around my training and racing schedule as many of my lectures-to-be are part of my current fitness team. This means we can carry out more research in the field of telemark skiing and further progress the sport across future seasons.

As much as I love skiing, I feel that too much of one thing just isn’t healthy and I now realise that I need something else in my life. It’s as if a huge weight has been lifted and now life just feels clearer. When you grow up being known as “the skier”, it almost becomes your identity and if you don’t perform well in a race (or get injured), it feels like your whole world is imploding in on you. I never thought I would be one to say this, but there actually is more to life than skiing – although it is great fun and still my number 1 love!

University Campus Suffolk

University Campus Suffolk

 

I have no idea whether I remember how to study but I feel very enthused about this new challenge and I plan to keep you all updated on events and stories as I go. Along the way I will also be an ambassador for University Campus Suffolk “UCS” and do my best as the new “face of sport” working closely with the Student’s Union, check out their website here – UCSUnion

Next weekend is the last race of the British Indoor Telemark Series at Hemel Hempstead’s Snow Centre (27th September) and some of you have been asking whether I will be there. I haven’t actually skiied since my knee injury and I’m not so keen on my first time back on ski’s being a public one! I recently had afternoon tea with British skiing legends Chemmy Alcott (now Crawford) and Dougie Crawford (still Crawford!). They gave me some great advice; Chemmy said to open up more, so here I am trying to express that even athletes sometimes feel vulnerable.

Soon I will be heading out to the Alps with my new GB team-mate, Louis Hatchwell, for some pre-season training on snow. I am possibly the most excited I have ever been to get skiing (and trust me, that’s saying something) and to be back in the mountains.

Thank you so much to everyone that has made this summer a great one.

To-Be-Continued

Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Short-list

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Suffolk Sport recently notified me of my nomination for the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year Award and I have now been short-listed to the final 5! I’m so pleased to have been selected by the panel – but this year, the public will decide the winner by voting for their favourite. I would be so flattered and grateful of your vote.

If you would like to see me become Suffolk’s Sports Personality of the Year 2014, please vote via email HERE or you can text “D” to 07860 022 777 or call 0844 338 7624 (email is free, texts are the normal rate and calls are charged at 5 pence per minute but calls last no longer than 15 seconds)

You can see the other short-listed athletes’ profiles and get more information on the Suffolk Sport website and my profile HERE. The event takes place on the 12th of September at Trinity Park, just outside of Ipswich, where the winner will be announced.

Twitter – @JAZTELEMARK #SSAWARDS2014

Suffolk Sport Personality of the Year Award 2014

It’s been a while since my last blog post so I thought I would give a brief update on events while I’m here.

  • Telemark skiing has taken a very important step in the right direction towards becoming a Winter Olympic discipline. Andrew Clarke, FIS Telemark Chairman, said – “Telemark will be included in a combined package of proposals to be made to the International Olympic Committee to be included in the IOC’s Agenda 2020. Telemark could be an Olympic discipline by 2022!” following important meetings earlier this summer in Barcelona.
  • The British Indoor Series has been a true success so far (I’ve been sorry to miss them) and the final race of the summer will take place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 27th September, which I hope to attend.
  • The first World Cup dates have been announced already – back to Hintertux (Austria) for the opening event on November 28th – 30th later this year.

All in all, it’s been a great summer so far and rehab is going well – more news to be announced soon!

Les Contamines World Cup

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The World Cup Telemark circuit continues, and this time – in Les Contamines, France. What an exciting set of races with plenty of thrills and unfortunately, plenty of spills also. I wasn’t the only British Telemarker present, British Team-mates Anna Morrissey, James French, Frederick Thomas and team captain, Jack Harvard Taylor were also competing.

Opening Ceremony

Anna Morrissey, Jack Harvard Taylor, James French, Me

Team-mate (Anna) and I, received some quality after-ski wear from Snow Angels Ski Wear, so comfortable and perfect to wear at World Cup opening ceremonies – all of their products are practical and functional which is exactly what we need.

snow angel ski wear

Me, Anna Morrissey

It was a tough set of races for me, I’m not satisfied with my skiing but taking the positive, I have learnt a lot and gained more, much need, experience in the World Cup.

Results

Day 1 – Sprint
Finished in 7th position.
Day 2 – Parallel Sprint
Qualified in 7th again, ultimately finishing in joint 5th position.
Day 3 – Sprint
Again, finished in 7th position – tough conditions today.

Les Contamines

Busy Brain

I travel back to the UK tomorrow to spend Christmas with my family.

Tele-Cross!

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Today we had the FreeHeeler Tele-Cross in Les Houches! It was held on the Col de Voza piste with two jumps, plenty of rollers and a flagged giant slalom course. There were lots of Telemarkers from all different levels which made for an interesting competition.

Bib No2

Bib No2

Guillaume Baud and Théo from Les Houches

Guillaume Baud and Théo from Les Houches

Men's Race with Tounet already Jumping!

Men’s Race with Tounet already Jumping!

I'm on the Jump!

I’m on the Jump!

The Boy's in Action!

The Boy’s in Action!

All the Winner's from today's Race with good Prizes!

All the Winner’s from today’s Race with good Prizes!

The women’s race was a clean sweep for Les Houches, I won followed by Chloe Blithe and Naylia. The men’s race was won by Antoine Bouvier (bib 22), Clément Bergeretti (bib 17) and then coach (bib 46) – Seb Mansart.

Yesterday’s French National Cup has been rescheduled for the last weekend of March and the next set of competitions will be World Cup’s in Norway! I will leave you with a small video from training this Saturday.

Suffolk Vikings

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Last night was the annual presentation evening for the Suffolk Vikings, who are the dry-slope race team based at the Ipswich Ski Centre. When I was 10, I learnt to ski at the slope and a month or so later I became a member of the race team. I was a Suffolk Viking for many years and it was so nice to return last night, see some new and familiar faces and present the current club champions with some awards. I also had the the chance to explain about what has happened with my own skiing and Telemark with a short speech. It would be nice to think that some of the club will progress on to do other things and hopefully the night gave them a few new ideas.

In my speech I tried to explain the role that Adele Forster (my first coach) had played when I first learnt to ski and how she encouraged me. Earlier in the year – myself, Sam Baxter and Adele run a ski-camp for some of the racers at the slope and last night they surprised me with some money that they had raised for my season. I was taken back and am so grateful – it really will go such a long way, so thank you all very much.

Here are some pictures from my presentation and our night.

My First Blue Ribbon Race

My First Blue Ribbon Race

The Presentation Evening

The Presentation Evening

The Ski-Camp from earlier this Summer

The Ski-Camp from earlier this Summer

 

The Ski-Camp group reunited last night!

The Ski-Camp group reunited last night!

Thank you to the Vikings for the invitation last night, so nice to see everyone doing so well.

London Ski & Snowboard Show!

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This year The London Ski & Snowboard Show took place at Earls Court in London from 31st October until (today) 4th November. I went up yesterday and was with the Ladies Ski Club of Great Britain. Early this year I was so happy to be invited to join the club and it was so nice to finally meet our president, Kay Whelan and everyone else.

Kay, myself and Jill

Kay, myself and Jill

After selling our raffle tickets to the crowds (to raise funds for the club), I met up with a few more familiar faces and found the roller-skiers too (www.rollerski.co.uk)! Here’s me and Pam Thorburn (British Skier-Cross Champion) having a little practice and pose for the camera!

My pink Ladies Ski Club T-shirt is a bit big..

My pink Ladies Ski Club T-shirt is a bit big..

Pam Thorburn practising the "tele" pose

Pam Thorburn practising the “tele” pose

An attractive face from me!

An attractive face from me!

It was also lovely to see team-mate Jack Harvard Taylor (Male British Telemark Champion), Hugh Long (ex GB Telemark team) and Cameron Fisher (coach of the Hemel Telemark Club).

Jack Harvard Taylor, Hugh Long and Cameron Fisher

Jack Harvard Taylor, Hugh Long and Cameron Fisher

Myself and Jack were interviewed for Skiing-Blog where we spoke about Telemark, making it Olympic and our coming plans for the season. Here’s a picture of the stand, the back ground includes photos, poster and leaflets from all the female athletes supported so kindly by the Ladies Ski Club. All our profiles can be visited here on the Ladies Ski Club website.

All the female Ladies Ski Club supported athletes posters on the stand!

All the female Ladies Ski Club supported athletes posters on the stand!

 

Ski Press Magazine Interview

Ski Press Magazine Interview

Let’s Get Telemark Olympic!

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Today was my “Let’s Get Telemark Olympic” campaign in my local Ipswich Primary School – St. Matthews. Today was their “Sports Enrichment Day” and I’ve had such a lovely time going around and talking to all the kids in their classes. I did an assembly 2 days ago asking all the children to make me a poster inspired by making Telemark an Olympic sport and they have drawn some awesome pictures! I have awarded the 10 best posters with goodie bags with various prizes from all the companies listed below (thank you all very much). At 2pm today, we had a photographer from the Evening Star come along and take some pictures. There will be an article on our day in the newspaper soon (and blog post with details to follow). Once again, thank you so much to everyone for all your support and I hope you enjoy the pictures. There are quite a few photos so here are my favorites…

Posing for the Evening Star!

Posing for the Evening Star!

Telemark Demonstration

Telemark Demonstration

Children's Poster

Children’s Poster

All the children had to come dressed as their favorite Sport’s person and one of them came as me! I’m so flattered and this is so sweet 🙂 Doing the “tele” pose!

Mini-Me!

Mini-Me!

Thank you so much to: St.Matthews Primary School, The Gym Ipswich, Déja-Vu Boutique, Telemark Skier Magazine, The Evening Star, Edge-Riders, Lush, Staples and Ipswich Borough Council for all your support!

Rotary of Ipswich East

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Today I attended the Rotary Club of Ipswich East and delivered a speech on my skiing career. The club have very kindly donated some money towards my season and for that I am very grateful! Below there is a picture of me and the president with my ‘Rotary coaster’ and cheque. A massive thank you once again to everyone at the club, it really does mean a lot.

Rotary Speech

Rotary Speech

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