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World Cup Opening in Hintertux

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What a start to the World Cup season! The races were held in Hintertux, Austria from Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd December. Proceedings began with the official training day, where competitors test the racing features, and opening ceremony where bibs are drawn publicly for the first race.

Public Bib Draw - Opening Ceremony in Hintertux

Public Bib Draw – Opening Ceremony in Hintertux

The GB Telemark Ski Team had the pleasure of training alongside CDC Performance this autumn. This ski academy is owned and run by Chemmy Alcott (now Crawford) and Dougie Crawford, former alpine British Champions and many-time Olympians. Chemmy arrived in time for the opening ceremony and was there to support the team on our first race day. Amazing to think that when I was 12 years old at the British Ski Academy, she was my hero – now here I am, racing World Cup myself with her watching me!

Chemmy Alcott and Jasmin Taylor

Chemmy Alcott and Jasmin Taylor

Jasmin Taylor and Chemmy Alcott

Getting some advice on media from Chemmy Alcott

The World Cup start wasn’t perfect – Louis Hatchwell had a crash in training and injured his ankle. He was unable to compete but joined former GB team-mate, Jack Harvard Taylor, in the commentary box. They had a lot of good feedback – you can watch all the action from the races on Tele-Ho or Tux Finkenberg. There are also many photos and videos on Facebook with Tux Finkenberg resort page and FreeHeeler magazine.

An injured Louis Hatchwell in the commentary box

An injured Louis Hatchwell in the commentary box

The first race back, the Sprint, was a good day for me! I finished on the podium in 3rd position behind Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI) and Johanna Holzmann (GER). Team-mate, Alec Dixon, also had a great day finishing within the top 30 in 27th position.

Jasmin Taylor on course in Hintertux

Jasmin Taylor on course in Hintertux

Johanna Holzmann (GER), Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Flower Ceremony in Hintertux – Johanna Holzmann (GER), Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Prize Ceremony in Hintertux

Prize Ceremony in Hintertux

The second day of racing, also a Sprint, I finished in 5th place. Naila Cardwell had a great first run placing her in 15th position but had some issues on the second run and unfortunately did not finish. Again, Alec made the top 30 finishing in 28th place. Colin Dixon was 34th and Ben Emsley, despite crashing, finished in 37th position.

Ben Emsley on course in Hintertux

Ben Emsley on course in Hintertux

Alec Dixon across the finish line in Hintertux

Alec Dixon across the finish line in Hintertux

The final day, the Parallel Sprint (also known as the Dual Sprint) was intense! Both myself and Alec qualified from the British team. Alec skied well but was paired against a formidable Jonas Schmid (GER), who went on to take 3rd place. I qualified in 4th position, drawing Theresa Fichtl (GER) in the first round. Theresa skied fast beating me to the loom where she crashed – fortunately she was not hurt. I therefore progressed to the next round where I met Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), a closely fought race where I took the win, moving on to race Simone Oehrli (SUI) in the semi-finals. I then progressed to race Johanna Holzmann (GER) in the final, again another close call but Johanna took the win and I finished in 2nd place.

Jasmin Taylor (GBR) vs Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI)

Jasmin Taylor (GBR) vs Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI)

Johanna Holzmann (GER) vs Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Johanna Holzmann (GER) vs Jasmin Taylor (GBR)

Podium in Hintertux - Jasmin Taylor (GBR), Johanna Holzmann (GER), Simone Oehrli (SUI)

Podium in Hintertux – Jasmin Taylor (GBR), Johanna Holzmann (GER), Simone Oehrli (SUI)

Amazingly, there has been some great media coverage since the weekend – follow the hyper-links to see articles by In The Snow magazine, British Ski & Snowboard and Planet Ski.

Thank you to Dare 2b and Aquatronic Group Management (AGM) for supplying this seasons kit – girls are in red and boys are in blue! There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes; from organising kit, to travel and training arrangements, committee and sponsorship meetings all in the hope of moving forwards for ourselves and the sport.

Naila Cardwell, Sebastien Mansart, Ben Emsley, Jasmin Taylor

Naila Cardwell, Sebastien Mansart, Ben Emsley, Jasmin Taylor

Jasmin Taylor, Naila Cardwell, Ben Emsley, Louis Hatchwell

Jasmin Taylor, Naila Cardwell, Ben Emsley, Louis Hatchwell

Thank you to all the race organisers, live-streaming production team, tourist board, coaches and athletes for making it happen! The next races will be in Pralognan La Vanoise, France – the British hosted World Cup event. Now it’s time for a short rest and then more training!

The committee, organisers, athletes and coaches!

The organisers, athletes and coaches!

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

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