‘Travel & Sight-Seeing’ Category

Slovenian & German World Cups

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We arrived in Krvavec, Slovenia ready for the racing to begin with a Parallel Sprint. I qualified in 3rd position, paired against my most regular Norwegian opponent, Mathilde Ilebrekke, in the first round. I won the dual and moved forward to meet Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond but lost out which meant meeting Argeline Tan Bouquet from France in the small final. I won and am proud to say I achieved a 3rd place podium position. My team-mate and only other Briton competing, Louis Hatchwell, finished in 9th place after racing Gaetan Procureur and Nicolas Michel, both competitors from Switzerland. The race was streamed live on the Olympic Channel Facebook page and had over 2.1 million views with more than 350,000 people following the entire race.

Parallel Sprint (L to R) Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Parallel Sprint (L to R) Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

The Parallel Sprint race piste

The Parallel Sprint race piste

The following day was a Team Parallel Sprint in which each nation must put forward a team of three racers including at least one girl and one boy. As Louis and I were the only competitors from Great Britain racing in Slovenia we faced a tough task of winning both our runs to move forward. Unfortunately, the strong Slovenian team took the win.

Kruvavec, Slovenia

The beautiful views in Krvavec, Slovenia

Kruvavec, Slovenia

Krvavec, Slovenia

The third and final day of racing in Slovenia was a Sprint and I finished in 3rd place and on the podium once more. It felt great to have skied well with two penalty free runs, and to finish the racing on a high. Louis also had a great day scoring a personal best result, finishing in 16th place.

Congratulations between NOR and GBR

Congratulations between NOR and GBR

Sprint (L to R) Mathilde Illebrekke (NOR), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Sprint (L to R) Mathilde Ilebrekke (NOR), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

We had a few days between the races in Slovenia before moving on to Germany, so we took the opportunity to visit the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, which was beautiful.

Tourists for the day in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tourists for the day in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The races in Germany were initially set as a Sprint on the first day and a Parallel Sprint on the second, but the snow conditions were unfortunately lacking and so the organisers took the decision to run two days of Parallel Sprint races. The Parallel Sprint ranking is usually decided with a qualification run and this determines which opponent you will meet in the head to head knock outs. On Saturday, I qualified in 4th place and met Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA) losing out; Argeline went on to finish in 3rd place. Louis finished in 17th place after racing Elie Nabot (FRA) and Colin Dixon (GBR) qualified for the first time in a World Cup Parallel Sprint meeting eventual winner, Tobias Mueller (GER) gaining great experience to take forward.

Jasmin Taylor in Oberjoch, Germany

Jasmin Taylor in Oberjoch, Germany (Photo credits and thanks to Telemark Weltcup Oberjoch)

The final day Germany started well with a good qualification run putting me in 2nd place. I met Guro Helde Kjoelseth (NOR) in the first round and after a very close race, Guro took the win and went on to finish in 2nd position. Louis had a tricky qualification run and met Sweden’s Olle Collberg, despite skiing very well, Louis narrowly missed out after making mistakes in the skating section.

The race piste in Oberjoch, Germany

The race piste in Oberjoch, Germany

GB Telemark on the chair lift in Oberjoch, Germany

On the chair lift in Oberjoch, Germany

All in all, a great round of racing – many positive points to take forward and work on in training ready for the next World Cup tournament in Norway.

Youth Olympic Games

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A mix of international telemark skiers; German, Swiss, French, Norwegian and British gathered in Norway to present telemark in the Youth Olympic Games. Our time in Lillehammer began with the Opening Ceremony last Friday night and after 3 days of practice on the ski jumping hill we demonstrated the sport in front of a crowd with 16,500 people.

Practising for the Opening Ceremony

Practising for the Opening Ceremony

The ski jump, the opening ceremony setting

The Opening Ceremony stage from the top

The Opening Ceremony Stage

The Opening Ceremony stage from the bottom

Guro #####

The gang!

Backstage at the YOG

Backstage at the YOG

The crowd waiting..

The crowd waiting, our hearts are beginning to pump faster..

The Opening Ceremony!

The Opening Ceremony! Here come the telemarkers..

We have that after feeling buzz! Magic experience..

We have that after feeling buzz! Magic experience.

Straight after the ceremony we travelled to Oslo arriving late but ready to race the following day in the Norwegian Championships. It was a Sprint race with icy conditions, a good course and great atmosphere. I finished in 2nd place behind Beatrice Zimmerman (SUI) and in front of Johanna Holzmann (GER).

Norwegian Championship (L to R) Jasmin Taylor GBR, Beatrice Zimmerman SUI, Johanna Holzmann GER, Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

Norwegian Championship (L to R) Jasmin Taylor GBR, Beatrice Zimmerman SUI, Johanna Holzmann GER, Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

The following day we raced in the Dual Sprint event, I finished in 4th place after close races with Johanna Holzmann (GER) and Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA).

Jasmin Taylor GBR vs Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

Jasmin Taylor GBR vs Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

We left straight after the racing on Sunday and travelled back to Lillehammer. The following day we gave telemark taster lessons to the public and even had the chance to train a little bit for ourselves. There was a piste set up for Dual Sprint races which meant we had the opportunity to train the start gate, jump, loom and skate.

Aside from the skiing, we also had a lot of fun sledging, watching hockey, and going to concerts, dinners out and generally just enjoying this unique experience.

Sledging Fun

Sledging Fun

'Eat Britain' soon became a nickname..

‘Eat Britain’ soon became a nickname..

Our final task; the telemark show in the centre of Lillehammer – that was epic! The crowds gathered once more and we raced a Dual Sprint on a very straight, flat but fun course. We had to jump over the road which ran through the town centre and wait for passing pedestrians, the music was loud and the energy was electric. You can see the video HERE.

#Lillehammer2016

#Lillehammer2016

The Telemark Show in Lillehammer

The Telemark Show in Lillehammer

The Youth Olympic Games have been truly magical, thank you so much to the Norwegian federation for hosting us and to the Swiss for taking care of the international team organisation. I feel I’ve learnt so much, really enjoyed myself and have great memories that I will never forget.

The International YOG Telemark Team

The International YOG Telemark Team

Now I’m travelling back to the UK before heading to France. We head to Germany at the end of the week for the next round of World Cup racing!

Pre-season in Saas Fee

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Summer was spent off snow in the sunshine doing water sports, which are my favourite activities after telemarking. I spent my holiday learning to surf with Georges’ Surf School in Cornwall, as well as travelling around the UK. I visited Scotland, Birmingham and Manchester for the GB telemark indoor series, which was great fun. In August, I completed my BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor course so all in all, a brilliant summer!

Learning to Surf with Georges 'Georges' Surf School'

Learning to Surf with George ‘Georges’ Surf School

The Gang! BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Course

‘The Gang’ on the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Course

The pre-season training is now well under way here in the beautiful, but rather high (3500m) resort of Saas Fee. The past week has been spent with fellow British Telemark racers; Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham and Alastair Cruz, Team Coach Sebastien Mansart, and some French Team members. The snow has been excellent and the weather has been spectacular. We have spent our time free skiing and gate training to get the good feelings back, and I’m very excited for the season. Afternoons have been spent roller-skiing, doing fitness training, and ski preparation.

Saas Fee

Saas Fee

(Left to Right) Alastair Cruz, Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham

(Left to Right) Alastair Cruz, Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham

In between training blocks, I will continue my studies at ‘University Campus Suffolk‘, as well as seeing friends and family, and enjoying some rest days! I am also working on a video to explain the basics of telemark racing, so keep your eyes peeled for that… Thank you Sarah Ayling-Bate!

World Cup Round-up 2014/15

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Following the World Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (USA), the World Cup race circuit travelled to Thyon and then Murren in Switzerland before concluding in Rjukan, Norway where I finished 7th in the Classic, 6th in the Sprint and 5th in the Dual Sprint. In Thyon, I achieved another 5th place in the Sprint race.

It was great to be joined by team mates Jasper Taylor, James French and Fred Thomas. Ex-telemark team athlete Jack Harvard Taylor supported and provided commentary on the live streaming.

(L to R) Seb Mansart, Jasper Taylor, Jasmin Taylor, James French, Fred Thomas, Jack Harvard Taylor

(L to R) Seb Mansart, Jasper Taylor, Jasmin Taylor, James French, Fred Thomas, Jack Harvard Taylor

The Murren World Cup event was a fantastic experience. I was joined by sponsors, good friends and the fellow Kandahar Club members who were all out in force cheering me on. The famous James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed in Murren and the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant overlooking the Swiss Alps was a spectacular venue for the post-race banquet.

The "James Bond" revolving restaurant over looking the three famous peaks. Once translated into English, they are called (L to R) "the ogear", "the monk" and "the virgin".

The “James Bond” revolving restaurant over looking the three famous peaks. Once translated into English, they are called (L to R) “the Ogre”, “the Monk” and “the Virgin”.

The Jump in Murren

The Jump in Murren

The tour then travelled to Rjukan, Norway in the region of telemark for the final round of racing – this is where the sport originated.

Sprint Race in Rjukan, Norway

Sprint Race in Rjukan, Norway

Jasmin Taylor (GBR) Vs Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI)

Jasmin Taylor (GBR) Vs Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI)

The Jump in Rjukan

The Jump in Rjukan

The highlight of the 2014/15 season was undoubtedly the bronze medal at the World Championships and with a full World Cup tour completed I’m looking forward to taking everything I’ve learned and building on this success for my 2015/16 World Cup campaign. Thank you to – my sponsorssupportersteam, family, friends and everyone that makes it possible.

The World Cup season is complete!

The World Cup season is complete!

If you missed any of the racing and want to catch up, follow this link.

World Championships 2015

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Following the traditional opening ceremony and public bib draw in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I was starting number 7 for the Sprint race. The hill changed dramatically in pitch throughout, with a difficult jump dropping competitors into the steepest section. I finished both runs in third place, achieving a World Championship bronze medal for Great Britain. 

World Championship Bronze Medallist - Jasmin Taylor

(L to R) Mathilde Ilebrekke NOR, Amelie Reymond SUI, Jasmin Taylor GBR

The Team Dual Sprint and Qualification for the individual Dual Sprint followed the next day. The team was paired against Germany and I was racing Johanna Holzmann. In the first run, we were neck and neck entering the loom but I managed to pull away during the skating section to win. Johanna skied well during the second run and entered the loom before me; again I made up time on the skate and finished a few feet behind and managed to win the round overall. It was great to have Junior British Telemark team member, Sion Bingham, racing in Steamboat too. We needed one more British racer to have had a complete team competing. Germany won 2 of the 3 rounds and went through to take third position.

I had a lot of fun racing Johanna meeting very closely in the loom!

I had a lot of fun racing Johanna meeting very closely in the loom! (Photo credit to Ayano Hata from Japanese Telemark)

During the Junior Dual Sprint races, I spent time with Andrew Clarke (FIS Chairman) in the commentary box which was a lot of fun. In my opinion, he really added to the live streaming which made for even better viewing for everyone back home.

The final day, the Classic, was another tough, very long race at high altitude in the dry Rocky Mountain air. I finished in 7th place after a good technical descent and a tortuous uphill skate at the finish.  Places 5 to 7 were all within a second of each other.

I would like to say a massive thank you to my fantastically supportive sponsors, coaches, team, family, friends and everyone that makes it possible. A big thank you to the McKinstry family for welcoming me to their home – I’ve had the best time ever. 

Enjoy the pictures! You can also catch up on all the racing here: http://new.livestream.com/TeleHo/events/3784427

The journey getting here was very long with many issues with my flights, but one massive plus was that I saw New York City.

The journey getting here was very long with many issues with my flights, but one massive plus was that I saw New York City.

World Championships in Steamboat Springs

World Championships in Steamboat Springs (Photo credit to Ayano Hata from Japanese Telemark)

The Sprint Race

The Sprint Race

(L to R) Andrew Clarke (FIS Chairman and founder of British Telemark), Jasmin Taylor (me), Seb Mansart (my coach)

(L to R) Andrew Clarke (FIS Chairman and founder of British Telemark), Jasmin Taylor (me), Seb Mansart (my coach)

What’s next? The World Cup racing starts again this Friday in Thyon, closely followed by another round in Murren (both rounds in Switzerland).

USA Telemark World Cup

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I arrived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado well in advance for the USA World Cup races, on the 1st February. I began by training with the US National Telemark Team and their coach, Ty.  Demonstrating the friendly rivalry between competitors Madi McKinstry (US National Team member) kindly put me up at her house.

The World Cup opening ceremony saw some 5,000 people gathered at the bottom of the mountain to celebrate with fireworks, synchronized skiing displays and a flag parade in front of the crowd on the stage.

Incredible fireworks at the USA World Cup opening ceremony

Fireworks at the USA World Cup opening ceremony

Representing Great Britain (still waiting on team-mates, Andrew Clarke and Anna Morrissey to arrive)

Representing Great Britain

Day 1 The Classic.  This was probably the toughest Classic I have skied. The course was set at 2,670m altitude, covering a 440m vertical drop with 60 GS gates,  two looms, two uphill skating sections and one jump.  It tested all competitors fitness and stamina.  I felt pushed to the limit physically and mentally, and needed to employ different tactics to my usual European racing. I finished in 5th position which is my best result in World Cup Classic.

Day 2 Annoyingly I suffered an asthmatic reaction following the first race day.  I have suffered from asthma from a young age.  I haven’t mentioned it much before but it’s important to let others know that it doesn’t have to hold you back from sport. Although, on this occasion I put my health first and didn’t start the race to avoid prolonged symptoms.

The Classic, photo courtesy of NSF Telemark

The Classic (photo courtesy of NSF Telemark)

Day 3 The Sprint – I finished in 5th place after gathering too many penalties for silly mistakes. What makes it worse was that I posted the second fastest time before the addition of the penalties were added.

Day 4 Duel Sprint – I qualified in 4th place and met Laura Grenier-Soliget (FRA) in the first round. I won the first race by 1.85 seconds and Laura (who is a friend and training partner) won the second run by 1.55.  As with the Sprint I had made too many errors and clocked up too many penalties, which this time resulted in disqualification from that round.  As a result, again, I finished in 5th position.

Jasmin Taylor, mid-transition (GBR) VS Laura Grenier-Soliget (FRA)

Jasmin Taylor, mid-transition (GBR) VS Laura Grenier-Soliget (FRA)

My US racing experience has taught me what I need to focus on and I have already worked out revisions to my training plan with my coach, Seb Mansart.

I would like to thank the McKinstry family for their kindness and hospitality and also my sponsors, without whose generosity and commitment I wouldn’t have been able to race in the United States. I am truly grateful.

Scotland!

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I flew to Scotland last week for the opening race of the British Indoor Telemark Series, run by the British Team, in Xscape in Breahead, Glasgow. The event was so much fun and really brought out our competitive spirits! I finished 3rd Overall (including males and females) behind the 2 top British boys, Chris Stewart and Jack Harvard Taylor. Sign up here (http://gbtelemark.co.uk/team-calendar/british-indoor-telemark-series-2013/entry-form/) for the next one at Hemel Hempstead’s SnowCentre! Shortly after the race, I took the train up to Aviemore to stay with friends in Boat of Garten, Evie (from www.highlandhomechildcare.com) and Kev (from www.snowboardaviemore.co.uk). I joined up with a few of the guys from the GB Biathlon Team and Mike Dixon (6 x Olympian and commentator for EuroSport) for some roller-ski training which was awesome!

Hill Training with GB Biathlon Team member Rob Sircus and the girls from the Cairngorm Biathlon Club!

Hill Training with GB Biathlon Team member Rob Sircus and the girls from the Cairngorm Biathlon Club!

Us at the top after a hill session!

Us at the top after a hill session!

Not only that! We went canoeing, mountain biking (with www.backcountrybiking.co.uk), hiking, wild water swimming, climbing, camping on the Moray Coast and even skiing on the 31st July! Check out my photos from the week!

Hiking up to the Snow Patch on Glen Feshie!

Hiking up to the Snow Patch on Glen Feshie!

Telemark Skiing on the 31st July in Scotland! That may be a first!

Telemark Skiing on the 31st July in Scotland! That may be a first!

The decent after a very fulfilling ski!

The decent after a very fulfilling ski!

Thank you so much to everyone for making it such a great week.

Enjoying the sunshine on the Moray Coast, what a treat!

Enjoying the sunshine on the Moray Coast, what a treat!

World Championships!

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Just arrived back in Les Houches after competing in my first ever World Championships in Espot, Spain. The US Team and I arrived in Barcelona straight from Oslo (World Finals) and feeling tired and needing some recuperation we enjoy the sun just before yet another day of travel on the way to Espot.

With the USA Telemark in Barcelona enjoying life!

With the USA Telemark in Barcelona enjoying life!

Traveling with the German, USA and Canadian Team to Espot

Traveling with the German, USA and Canadian Team to Espot

The World Championships (as do the World Cups) kick-off with the Opening Ceremony, but this time it was even better. All the nations gathered by their flags only to be led through the village by drummers and various another costumes to watch a massive firework display, music and to be introduced one nation at a time. Magic moments!

The Opening Ceremony in Espot

The Opening Ceremony in Espot

Enjoying Life!

Enjoying Life!

Following the US Team in procession!

Following the US Team in procession!

The racing began with the Classic and unfortunately,  I didn’t finish but it gave me chance to recover (slightly) and prepare myself for the qualification the next day. In the qualification we had 2 runs to qualify (top 8 qualify  and first run I was in 10th – wasn’t too pleased, so tried to re-focus for run 2 and managed to qualify! I was in 8th and was paired with Amelie Reymond (World Champion). She won, but it was still good experience for me.

The following day was the Team Duel Sprint and the British were paired with the French Team. I raced Laura Grenier-Soliget (good friend and room-mate for the week), she won the first run and I won the second, but overall the french were too strong and GB were knocked out.

Tough Competition! Racing Laura Grenier-Soliget from France

Tough Competition! Racing Laura Grenier-Soliget from France

The last race was the Sprint, we had bad weather conditions and personally I was feeling exhausted. Nearly 3 weeks of solid racing and traveling had taken their tole! I did my very best but messy skiing cost me too many penalty’s. I wish I could have finished on more of a high but I have to see the bigger picture and remember the good results, the struggles from this season, the amazing people and great memories that come with it. Now for some French Cups, Championships, training, fun and much needed rest!

Top 5 in World Cup finals!

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The Telemark World Cup tour moved from Rjukan to Geilo this week, both in Norway, and I have recorded my best results in World Cup to date. The first of the 3 races was the Sprint. I was 5th on the first run and then started to feel poorly (stomach ache) but managed to pull through just in time for the second run. I was still at the bottom of the run when the first girl came down. Having just made it, I focused and gave it everything – I wasn’t feeling too strong but held on and managed to keep my place finishing in overall 5th position.

Racing in the Night Sprint

Racing in the Night Sprint

Approaching the Jump

Approaching the Jump

In World Cup, the first 3 are on the podium but the first 6 are awarded prizes. The photo’s below are from the beginning of the Prize giving ceremony and I was awarded a Geilo Telemark knife for 5th place.

Just before Prize giving Cermony

Just before Prize giving Cermony

Geilo World Cup Knife!

Geilo World Cup Knife!

The second of the 3 races was the Classic, the discipline I find the most difficult. I wasn’t so clean when skiing but gave all my energy and finished in 7th position, which is a personal best in the Classic for me.

Johanna Holzman & Laura Grenier-Soliget

Johanna Holzman & Laura Grenier-Soliget

The third race, of today, was the Duel Sprint. The course was a much straighter set on a flatter hill and the field were close in time. I tried my best, but wasn’t feeling so fresh in qualification this morning and could only manage 9th. All in all, 3 good days of racing and experience.

Our View from the Race Hill

Our View from the Race Hill

Duel Sprint Start!

Duel Sprint Start!

Now we are all heading to Spain (Espot) for the World Championships. I will be travelling across with the American Team and look forward to joining some GB team mates and everyone else there!

Rjukan!

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Madi (USA Telemark Team member) and I arrived in Rjukan after a long day travelling from Geneva, Switzerland. First day was training and qualification for the following day of the Duel Sprint World Cup race. I qualified in 8th position (only top 8 qualify) which meant I would be racing Sigrid Rykhus the following day, who eventually went on to win. I did my best but she was too strong and I was knocked out. I finished in 5th position.

Race Hill!

Race Hill!

Telemark Friends!

Telemark Friends!

Later that day, we had qualification for the following day (another Duel Sprint). I am ranked 9th for FIS points and was therefore paired with a Swiss who is ranked 8th. The winner of the race would go on to qualify and she won round one. I was ahead second run and hoping to close the gap, but unfortunately I had collected too many gate penalty’s and I was disqualified. All good experience though and I am having such a good time!

Rjukan Race Hill from the town at the bottom!

Rjukan Race Hill from the town at the bottom!

Johanna and Nina waiting at the top to start!

Johanna and Nina waiting at the top to start!

Tomorrow I travel with the American Team to meet the other World Cup Telemark racer’s in Geilo (Norway) for World Cup Finals!

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