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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!

Rauris World Cup, back to Les Houches!

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I have returned home from the British section of the Telemark World Cup held in Rauris in Austria.  Sadly, because of a lack of snow the Slovenian round of the World Cup has been cancelled.

World Cup Opening Ceremony - Drawn Bib No3

World Cup Opening Ceremony – Drawn Bib No 3

The first day of racing was the Sprint where ended in 5th position after the first run but moved down to 6th place after the second run after gathering too many penalties at the jump.

(R to L) Jasmin Taylor (GBR), Simone Oehrli (SUI), Ida Elisabeth Gresaker (NOR), Amelie Reymond (SUI),  Mathilde O. Ilebrekke (NOR), Argeline Tan (FRA)

(R to L) Jasmin Taylor (GBR), Simone Oehrli (SUI), Ida Elisabeth Gresaker (NOR), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Mathilde O. Ilebrekke (NOR), Argeline Tan (FRA)

Second day of racing was a long Classic where I finished in 8th position.

On the Edge

On the Edge

Following my results last season and in the British Championships earlier this month I am delighted to announce my most recent sponsorship deal with Trowers & Hamlins.

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm with offices throughout the UK, Middle East and South East Asia. It is with their support that I have been able to improve my training and my equipment which all makes a massive difference on results and it feels great to compare with other seasons knowing you’ve done better than the year before.

Trowers and Hamlins

Since returning home to Les Houches (Chamonix Mont-Blanc) I have been catching up on recovery, training and having had a “big dump” of snow last night – myself, coach (Seb Mansart) and training buddy Clément Bergeretti headed up the mountain to enjoy today’s powder.

Seb Mansart & Clement Bergeretti hitting the powder

Seb Mansart & Clément Bergeretti hitting the powder

French Cup tomorrow, news to follow.

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!!

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!

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.

Chamonix World Cup & World Junior Championships

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The first of the two races was a night Sprint race in Chamonix on Saturday. I skied well on my first run until I sat back in the loom and fell just before the skating section – my time was still not bad considering but I felt disappointed about a silly mistake. The second run was a very wide set course and I lost my rhythm after a wobbly jump landing. All in all, it’s fair to say I was not happy with my performance but tried to put it behind me ready for the next day.

Sprint Night Race in Chamonix

Sprint Night Race in Chamonix

Chamonix Loom

Chamonix Loom

The second day was a Classic in Les Houches (my home mountain) and the weather, snow and course were brilliant. I did my best but lack of sleep, putting too much pressure on myself and lack of fitness (due to chest and throat infection earlier in the season) took it’s toll and yet again, I felt disappointed with my skiing. It wasn’t all bad, there was a good turn out from the British Telemark Ski Team with some of our best racers including: Jack Harvard Taylor, Andrew Clarke, Anna Morrissey, Chris Stewart and a couple of new faces to our team too – as well as Adrian Perry on duty as TD for the first time.

Les Houches Classic Race Entertainment

Les Houches Classic Race Entertainment

1)GER 2)FRA 3)NOR 4)GBR 5)NOR 6)USA

1)GER 2)FRA 3)NOR 4)GBR 5)NOR 6)USA

In the end, my results were:

Chamonix Sprint
World Cup Result – 9th
World Junior Result – 5th

Les Houches Classic
World Cup Result – 10th
World Junior Result – 4th

What now? I return home to Ipswich for a few days off, see my friends and family. I’ve been feeling homesick for a while now so a trip home is just what the coach orders.

Next race? This Saturday a French National Cup in Les Houches.

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 ;)

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