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.