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Since the World Championships

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Since the World Championships in La Plagne, I’ve taken some time to catch up on work for my studies as a part-time student, in Sport and Exercise Science, at the University of Suffolk, although still not quite there yet! There has also been several French competitions, including the French Cup Finals and French Championships. The first of these races was in Morillion which was the French Championship Sprint and I’m pleased to say that I won the race. I was also joined by my team-mates Louis Hatchwell (who finished 3rd in his category), Sion Bingham, Naila Cardwell and Ben Emsley.

On course, Morillion French Championships

On course, French Championship Sprint in Morillion

In the loom, Morillion French Championships

In the loom, French Championship Sprint in Morillion

I had some press coverage recently with In The Snow magazine, the Ipswich Star, the East Anglian Daily Times and on BBC Sport. This is always really helpful as telemark isn’t as well known as other skiing disciplines. We have a very successful, ever growing audience, on the live stream channels produced by Tele-Ho Productions which had over 2 million viewers through the Olympic Channel this season. I like to think all of these aspects are pushing the sport forwards and help to generate a stronger following.

Jasmin Taylor on BBC Sport

Article by Nick Hope on BBC Sport

In The Snow

Article by Patrick Horne with In The Snow

Coverage in the Ipswich Star

Article by Mark Heath in the Ipswich Star

After the race in Morillion, the following weekend saw the French race circuit move to Praloup. The first day was the final French Cup of the season, it was a FIS regulated Sprint race with challenging conditions in the form of fresh snow fall and poor visibility. I won this race and I’m also really pleased for my team-mate, Ben Emsley, who achieved his first podium. Ben finished 2nd in his age category behind French team member and World Junior Champion, Guillaume Issautier. Sissy Compton, young Brit living in France and skiing the French Cup circuit, finished 1st in her age category and team-mate Naila Cardwell, finished 2nd in her age category. Alec Dixon finished 2nd in his age and 4th overall which was good enough to take 3rd place in the overall French Cup standings!

On course in Praloup

On course in Praloup

Praloup

The French Cup Final in Praloup

Jasmin Taylor and Ben Emsley

Jasmin Taylor and Ben Emsley

The last day in Praloup was the French Championship Classic and FIS race. I finished in 2nd place overall behind double French Champion, Argeline Tan Bouquet. Ben finished in 4th position overall and again in 2nd place in his age category which is another personal best result and an awesome way to conclude his first season of telemark racing. Sissy won her category again, Naila finished 4th within her age category. Alec finished in 10th and Colin Dixon finished in 13th position overall, so all in all, a great show from the Brits!

Sissy Compton on her way down the slopes in Praloup

Sissy Compton on her way down the slopes in Praloup

Ben Emsley in Praloup

Ben Emsley in Praloup

I’m now enjoying some down time with friends before starting my BASI ski instructor courses and university exams. A huge thank you as always to the people making this all possible!

1st Place in French Cup: Auris en Oisans

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The Telemark Club des Houches traveled a 7 hour round trip to Auris en Oisans for a sunny Coupe de France race near the famous French resort, Les Deux Alpes. Auris en Oisans was my very first telemark race and it was there that I learnt how much fun telemark racing could be.

Auris en Oisans - Perfect Conditions

Auris en Oisans – Perfect Racing Conditions

I skied two clean runs, with no penalties as well as having the fastest ski time – so all in all, I was happy with my performance and the long drive was worth it.

Giant Slalom

Giant Slalom

Enjoying the Podium with French National Team girls - Argeline Tan (Left) and Océane Verbeck (Right)

Enjoying the Podium with French National Team girls – Argeline Tan in 2nd Place (Left), Myself in 1st Place, Océane Verbeck in 3rd Place (Right)

I’ll be spending half the week in Les Houches, flying back home to England on Thursday for some rest and then off to the U.S.A for some skiing with the American National Telemark Team and the World Cup Steamboat Springs races.

Les Saisies French Cup

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On Sunday we had the first French Cup (Coupe de France) race of the season – conditions were great and the course was awesome. I always enjoy French Cups, they’re great practice for the World Cups, still tough competition with the French team present but not quite as serious.

Pre-Race Preparations

Pre-Race Preparations (Photo courtesy of coach – Seb Mansart)

I finished 2nd overall and 1st in my age group after the first run and did the same on my second run, which was the stronger of the two, after penalties were added I ended up 3rd overall and 2nd in junior. The top 4 females that day (including myself) have all made the World Cup podium this season so it made for strong racing.

Departure

Departure (Photo courtesy of team-mate – Jack Harvard Taylor)

What’s next?

I travel to Rauris on Wednesday for the British Championships which are followed by the British hosted World Cup – if you’re in the area, come and join us.

French Cup in Les Houches

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This week we have had a lot of snow in Les Houches so there was talk of the race being cancelled, however, we managed to pull it off but decided to run a giant slalom. It was really nice to have a giant slalom race again since it’s been removed from the World Cup circuit. Anyway, this was the race hill today – rather foggy but the snow was brilliant.

Foggy Race Hill

Foggy Race Hill

The Gang!

The Gang!

Female Podium from today!

Female Podium from today!

I was the Overall female winner from today and first run I had the 3rd fastest time (before penalty, I don’t know the standings after?) including the boys so I am pleased with my giant slalom progression this season. Jack Harvard Taylor also finished 3rd in his category today – so a good day for Telemark Team GB. One more set of races in Tignes to go!

Now for some powder!!

French Championships in Val D’Allos

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Just returned back to Les Houches after travelling to Val D’Allos in the southern Alps for the French Championships. We arrived the night before the race, after getting lost, around 2:30am – unfortunately for us, we had a rather long classic to deal with!  I was feeling a bit dizzy before hand, so felt happy just to make it to the finish line – I was 3rd junior and 4th overall.

Later that day we had the qualification run for the duel sprint, which was cancelled in the end due to bad weather – so we will all have to wait until Tignes (the last race of the season) until we can continue with the race.

Racer's Re-Fueling! Photo courtesy of Telemark-France

Racer’s Re-Fueling! Photo courtesy of Telemark-France

Waiting for the Jump Inspection! Photo courtesy of Telemark-France

Waiting for the Jump Inspection! Photo courtesy of Telemark-France

Qualification Run

Qualification Run

Next Stop! Les Houches French Cup this Sunday!

All photo’s courtesy of Telemark-France, Thank you!

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.

Ceillac & Puy St.Vincent French Cup

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It’s nice to to be able to finally report some positive news from the season so far. I spent the past weekend racing in two French National Cups and found myself on the Overall and Junior podium both days. The first of the two races was in the cold resort of Ceillac, it was a Classic race, which was very steep with hard-pack snow. I finished with the fastest time, but not by far and my training buddy (and housemate), Madi McKinstry (USA), took the 1st place after I was penalized with three penalties. I finished 2nd in Junior and 2nd Overall that day.

1st) USA 2nd) GBR 3rd) FRA

1st) USA 2nd) GBR 3rd) FRA

One for the Sponsor's!

One for the Sponsor’s!

The second day, it was a Sprint race (probably my slightly stronger event of the two) in Puy St.Vincent. The weather was perfect and the course was interesting, with many terrain changes and a good jump. I had a better day skiing wise and took 1st place in Junior and again, 2nd Overall behind Laura Grenier-Soliget (FRA). All in all, a good weekend of racing and now looking forward to the next French Cup this coming weekend.

1st GRB 2nd) USA 3rd) FRA

1st GRB 2nd) USA 3rd) FRA

Telemark Festival

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Today there was a Telecross in Les Houches, which a combination of skier-cross and telemark. It was a lot of fun, nothing serious – but all part of the telemark festival here this weekend. I have some pictures from our day…

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

Photo of Telecross in Les Houches

Telecross in Les Houches

After a good day racing I won a hoodie, Tshirt and hat! Otavelo (Fresh Tracks) in Chamonix, were there providing tester equipment for people to try, many skis to choose from.

Yesterday it was the French cup and I finished 3rd Junior, 4th Overall behind the 3 french team girls – all in all a very fun weekend!

Not only a good weekend, but sucessful week back home in england too after winning Colchester’s Under 18′s Sports Personality of the Year award.

Photo of Jasmin Taylor with ski and Colchester Sports Personality Trophy

Colchester Sports Personality trophy

Photo of sports personality cup and certificate awards

Colchester sports personality cup

The prize’s from the British Championships, and my prize from the Sport’s Personality – which grandma collected ;)

Full Season Update

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At the beginning of the season, back in December, we had plenty of snow. It unfortunately meant not much time for skiing gates, but we did have some awesome powder days!

Photo of Jasmin Taylor telemark skiing

Snow in December

The first race of the season was a French Cup in Celliac, France. I had a good day of racing and finished with a 1st place! Here are a few photos.

Photo of Jasmin Taylor racing in the French Cup in Celliac, France

French Cup in Celliac, France

Photo of ski slopes in Celliac, France

Celliac, France

Then it was on to the British Telemark Championships in Rauris, Austria. After a very long, 10 hour train journey, I finally arrived the evening before the first race. The week was successful and to cut the story short, I won Overall British Champion! Happy days :)

Photo of Jasmin Taylor working on the skate section

The Skate Section.. Definitely needs some work!

Photo of Jasmin Taylor working on the Loom turn

The Loom, a big banked turn – usually before the Skate section, to kill speed.

The World Cup followed the British Champs. The above picture is from opening ceremony. As the race was run by the British, so we lead the other nations through the streets of Rauris. After the march we ended up in the town square and the following days bib numbers were drawn.

Photo of Jasmin Taylor and the British Ski Team marching through the streets of Rauris

Leading through the streets of Rauris

Unfortunately, the races were called off due to warm snow fall meaning the snow was heavy and dangerous to race on. Luckily, the races were perfect once we got to Slovenia though. The slope had artificial snow, and everywhere else was green. Very strange!

Photo of the ski slopes in Slovenia

Ski slopes at Slovenia

The race was a lot of fun and in the end, I finished both days in 12th position. Not bad, but not good.

Now looking forward to spending the coming weeks in Les Houches, France. I’m curently working for the British Ski Academy, and training with my coach Seb Mansart.

Photo of Kneissl ski equipment

Ready for Les Houches, France

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