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The World Championships

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The World Championship event kicked off in style with an opening ceremony in the valley of Rjukan, Norway. The atmosphere was electric and athletes proudly collected their bibs for the next day of racing.

The opening ceremony in Rjukan, Norway. Photo credits and thanks to Nikita Isaev

The athletes gathering at the opening ceremony. Photo credits and thanks to VM Telemark Rjukan

The bib draw. Photo credits and thanks to VM Telemark Rjukan

The British Telemark Ski Team; (L to R) Sion Bingham, Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Colin Dixon, Ben Emsley. Photo credits and thanks to Neil Dixon

The weather conditions were very changeable and the first event, the Classic, was postponed by over 4 hours because of high winds. We eventually set off during the late afternoon. Sadly, I am not proud of my performance in this race, I crossed my skis entering the second skiing section, though managed to recover my balance and continue. I lacked concentration, and my skiing that day was good enough for 7th place. Sion Bingham finished in 29th, Louis Hatchwell in 30th, Ben Emsley in 32nd, Colin Dixon in 35th and Jack Emsley in 38th place.

Preparing to race! Photo credits and thanks to Nitika Isaev

The next day was the Team Parallel Sprint; Great Britain faced Norway and lost out. Switzerland went on to take the victory, followed by Germany, France and Norway. Great Britain finished in joint 5th position.

The start gate. Photo credits and thanks to Nitika Isaev

Competing against Guro Helde Kjolseth. Photo credits and thanks to Norwegian Telemark

The podium for the Team Parallel Sprint. Photo credits and thanks to Christoph Frank

The following day, I was first out of the start gate with bib 1, though I cannot say that I was the first to cross the finish line. I gave it my best but I crashed out after the jump.

The British and French coaches setting the course. Photo credits and thanks to Nitika Isaev

Despite taking a gate to the face, Sion Bingham recorded his best ever World Championship finish of 24th place along with Ben Emsley who finished in 26th, Colin Dixon in 31st and Jack Emsley in 34th position. Louis Hatchwell finished in 33rd place. A true representation of how the British are going from strength to strength.

Sion Bingham styling a tisse in his nose after his nose bleed. Photo credits and thanks to Nitika Isaev

The final day of racing was the Parallel Sprint, qualification was not as I expected. I crashed again, this time before the jump and therefore did not qualify. Louis Hatchwell was the only British athlete to make the head-to-head heats; Louis successfully passed the first heat and finished the competition in joint 9th place.

Louis Hatchwell on course. Photo credits and thanks to Tommy Storoygard

Congratulations to the new World Champions; Amelie Wenger Reymond (SUI), Johanna Holzmann (GER), Trym Nygaard Loken (NOR), Stefan Matter (SUI), Philippe Lau (FRA) and medalists; Martina Wyss (SUI), Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA), Jure Ales (SLO), Sivert Hole (NOR), Bastien Dayer (SUI) and Noe Claye (FRA).

The Parallel Sprint podium with (L to R) Amelie Wenger Reymond (SUI), Johanna Holzmann (GER), Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA). Photo credits and thanks to Tommy Storoygard

The Parallel Sprint podium with (L to R) Bastien Dayer (SUI), Philippe Lau (FRA), Noe Claye (FRA), Benedikt Holzmann (GER). Photo credits and thanks to Tommy Storoygard

Good bye to retiring athletes; Philippe Lau (FRA), Guro Helde Kjolseth (NOR) and Simone Oehrli (SUI). It has been a pleasure to compete with and learn from them over the years.

I cannot say that these are the championships or results I expected, though I am certain this will teach me a vital lesson I need to learn in order to make the next step. Despite my disappointment, it is always a pleasure to be on the mountain with skis on my feet competing against the best in the world. Thank you to my boyfriend, family, friends, team-mates, coaches, competitors, committees, federations, team and personal sponsors; without whom this journey would not be possible. Now it is time to concentrate on my ski instructor qualifications, spend some time on snow with loved ones and catch up on my university work.

The sun setting in Rjukan, Norway. Photo credits and thanks to Nikita Isaev

If you wish to catch up on all the racing, you can visit the live-stream here and see all the results on the FIS website here.

 

World Cup Finals and World Championships

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The final round of World Cup racing was held in Thyon, Switzerland. Thyon is renowned for its punishing Classic race and yet again, this year was no exception. There were two other Brits competing; Louis Hatchwell and Sion Bingham. Louis scored a personal best result finishing in 15th place which is a huge achievement after many difficulties with equipment this season. Sion finished in 22nd place. I came 5th to therefore claim a 4th place in the overall World Cup Classic ranking, which is another personal best result.

Louis on course (Photo credits and thanks to GORAN KROSELJ)

Louis on course (Photo credits and thanks to GORAN KROSELJ)

On day two, we competed in the Parallel Sprint event. I qualified in 3rd position and retained this place after racing Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI), Amelie Reymond (SUI) and Guro Kjolseth (NOR) in the head to head heats, achieving my 6th World Cup podium finish. Louis and Sion both finished in 17th position. My overall World Cup Parallel Sprint ranking is now 5th position.

My 6th podium finish in Thyon, Switzerland

My 6th podium finish in Thyon, Switzerland

The final Sprint race was unfortunately not such a success after crashing in the first run, Louis finished in 29th and Sion in 27th position. Yet again, I finished 5th in the overall World Cup Sprint ranking and moved up to a personal best overall World Cup ranking of 4th place. Louis Hatchwell, the only other Brit to complete the entire World Cup circuit, climbed up to achieve a world ranking of 24th position, also a huge improvement from last season.

After a short break, the telemark community travelled on to La Plagne/Montchavin, France for the FIS World Championships. This is a race held once every two years which can also determine the world’s best skiers and is considered as the most important ‘one-day’ event in the telemark calendar. From Great Britain, the other athletes competing included Louis Hatchwell, Sion Bingham, Alec Dixon and Naila Cardwell. This event has a different feel to it – bigger and more prestigious including a spectacular opening ceremony, more media promotion and the highest quality and largest field of athletes competing.

The nations preparing for the opening ceremony in Montchavin

The nations preparing for the opening ceremony in Montchavin

The GB Telemark Ski Team with the Czech Telemark Ski Team

The GB Telemark Ski Team with the Czech Telemark Ski Team being serious as always…

On stage at the World Championship opening ceremony

On stage for bib collection at the World Championship opening ceremony

Fireworks

Fireworks at the World Championship opening ceremony

The Championships kicked off with the Team Parallel Sprint where we (Louis, Sion and I) were matched against the formidable German team. The Germans skied fast and took the win, going on to finish in 3rd place behind Switzerland and Norway.

The second day of racing was the (individual) Parallel Sprint. I qualified in 4th position and went on to finish 5th after losing out to Beatrice Zimmermann (SUI) who eventually took the bronze medal. Naila Cardwell skied well and finished in 9th position.

The race piste in La Plagne

The Classic race piste in La Plagne

Day three was the Classic event which contained a very long giant slalom and two skating sections. I am very proud to say I finished on the podium with a bronze medal. Naila finished in 17th, Louis in 22nd and Sion in 31st position.

The Classic World Championship podium with (L to R) Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR) (Photo credits and thanks to Swiss Telemark)

The Classic World Championship podium with (L to R) Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA), Amelie Reymond (SUI), Jasmin Taylor (GBR) (Photo credits and thanks to Swiss Telemark)

Enjoying my medal with my coach, Seb Mansart and team-mates (L to R) Alec Dixon, Louis Hatchwell and Naila Cardwell

Enjoying my medal with my coach, Seb Mansart and team-mates (L to R) Alec Dixon, Louis Hatchwell and Naila Cardwell

The very last day, the Sprint, was challenging for the race organisers but they did a brilliant job to run the race so smoothly. I finished in 10th place after collecting too many penalties, I gave it the best I had in that moment but it just wasn’t my day. Alec finished in 36th place and Naila in 16th, completing their first ever World Championship races. Sion finished in 39th position.

World Championship Bronze Medallist

World Championship Bronze Medallist

The entire World Cup season and World Championship races have been amazing. It wouldn’t be possible without my family, friends, coaches, supporters, team-mates, competitors and sponsors who make it fun, inspiring and just completely awesome – a huge thank you to all.

Next up, the final French Cup races and French Championships!

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).

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!

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