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Youth Olympic Games

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A mix of international telemark skiers; German, Swiss, French, Norwegian and British gathered in Norway to present telemark in the Youth Olympic Games. Our time in Lillehammer began with the Opening Ceremony last Friday night and after 3 days of practice on the ski jumping hill we demonstrated the sport in front of a crowd with 16,500 people.

Practising for the Opening Ceremony

Practising for the Opening Ceremony

The ski jump, the opening ceremony setting

The Opening Ceremony stage from the top

The Opening Ceremony Stage

The Opening Ceremony stage from the bottom

Guro #####

The gang!

Backstage at the YOG

Backstage at the YOG

The crowd waiting..

The crowd waiting, our hearts are beginning to pump faster..

The Opening Ceremony!

The Opening Ceremony! Here come the telemarkers..

We have that after feeling buzz! Magic experience..

We have that after feeling buzz! Magic experience.

Straight after the ceremony we travelled to Oslo arriving late but ready to race the following day in the Norwegian Championships. It was a Sprint race with icy conditions, a good course and great atmosphere. I finished in 2nd place behind Beatrice Zimmerman (SUI) and in front of Johanna Holzmann (GER).

Norwegian Championship (L to R) Jasmin Taylor GBR, Beatrice Zimmerman SUI, Johanna Holzmann GER, Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

Norwegian Championship (L to R) Jasmin Taylor GBR, Beatrice Zimmerman SUI, Johanna Holzmann GER, Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

The following day we raced in the Dual Sprint event, I finished in 4th place after close races with Johanna Holzmann (GER) and Argeline Tan Bouquet (FRA).

Jasmin Taylor GBR vs Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

Jasmin Taylor GBR vs Argeline Tan Bouquet FRA

We left straight after the racing on Sunday and travelled back to Lillehammer. The following day we gave telemark taster lessons to the public and even had the chance to train a little bit for ourselves. There was a piste set up for Dual Sprint races which meant we had the opportunity to train the start gate, jump, loom and skate.

Aside from the skiing, we also had a lot of fun sledging, watching hockey, and going to concerts, dinners out and generally just enjoying this unique experience.

Sledging Fun

Sledging Fun

'Eat Britain' soon became a nickname..

‘Eat Britain’ soon became a nickname..

Our final task; the telemark show in the centre of Lillehammer – that was epic! The crowds gathered once more and we raced a Dual Sprint on a very straight, flat but fun course. We had to jump over the road which ran through the town centre and wait for passing pedestrians, the music was loud and the energy was electric. You can see the video HERE.

#Lillehammer2016

#Lillehammer2016

The Telemark Show in Lillehammer

The Telemark Show in Lillehammer

The Youth Olympic Games have been truly magical, thank you so much to the Norwegian federation for hosting us and to the Swiss for taking care of the international team organisation. I feel I’ve learnt so much, really enjoyed myself and have great memories that I will never forget.

The International YOG Telemark Team

The International YOG Telemark Team

Now I’m travelling back to the UK before heading to France. We head to Germany at the end of the week for the next round of World Cup racing!

Opening World Cup in Hintertux!

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The Opening World Cup starts tomorrow here in Hintertux, Austria and you can watch the racing live via live streaming by CLICKING HERE or HERE

28/11/2014 Sprint
First departure at 10:00
Second departure at 12:30
Prize giving at 15:00

29/11/2014 Sprint
First departure at 10:00
Second departure at 12:30
Prize giving at 15:00

30/11/2014 Parallel Sprint
First departure at 10:00
(then it is continuous)
Prize giving at 13:00

The World Cup schedule is based on central European time and the streaming link should work for all 3 days of the racing. These timings are subject to change but are usually quite actuate so make sure you get there in time! I will be one of the first to start and my team-mate, Louis Hatchwell, will be starting after the women have finished with the men – we are the only two racing from Great Britain.

I’ll leave you with a panoramic photo from a sunny Hintertux Glacier. Enjoy!

The training grounds from today!

The training grounds from today!

Pre-Season Training in Tignes

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This year pre-season training, in preparation for the first round of the World Cup later this month, was in Tignes – a very high southern French glacier. Myself and development GB team-mate, Louis Hatchwell, arrived last weekend and spent the week with new telemark hopeful Jasper Taylor (yes, another Taylor!) and were also joined by French team skiers Camille Martinet and Clement Bergeretti. Tignes is 3500m above sea level so you can imagine that the air is a little thinner up here which makes training even tougher than usual, especially for us Brits who may as well live at zero-metres altitude.

Hiking in the mountains surrounding St. Foy (L-R) Camille, Jasper, Me, Louis

Hiking in the Mountains around St. Foy (L-R) Camille, Jasper, Me, Louis (Photo courtesy of coach, Seb Mansart)

This was the second of two weeks spent in Tignes and during our first “stage” we (myself and Louis) were joined by a young Scotsman – Sion Bingham, French team skier – Maelle Froissart and GB team skier – Alistair Cruz. Unfortunately, Alistair Cruz snapped his Achilles tendon whilst playing badminton and we are all wishing Alistair well with a speedy recovery.

Here are some more photos from our time in Tignes – enjoy!

Londoner's take the tube to work, well we take the funiculaire or the "Narnia Closet" as Louis calls it...

Londoner’s take the tube to work, well we take the funiculaire or the “The Wardrobe to Narnia” as Louis calls it…

It was a bad weather day so we played badminton - faces say it all...

It was a bad weather day so we played badminton – faces say it all… (L-R) Coach – Seb Manart, Alistair, Sion and Louis

In my mind, this is what paradise looks like. I do mean the mountain, not that bloke (sorry Hatchwell) ;)

In my mind, this is what paradise looks like – I do mean the mountain, not the bloke! (Sorry, no offence Hatchwell)

Next up – Hintertux World Cup!

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.

British Champion 2014

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I arrived in Rauris in Western Austria on the 8th January for the British Championships.  Racing started on Saturday with the Giant Slalom.  Sadly this event no longer exists at World Cup level.  The weather, slope and snow were all perfect, which made for excellent racing.

Perfect Conditions in Rauris, Austria

Perfect Conditions in Rauris, Austria

I finished first in the women’s category and despite winning the first run (including beating all the men), my second run was less successful, culminating in second position overall.  The result however meant that I have become the British Women’s GS Champion.

The Classic

The Classic

The second day of racing was the Sprint. The conditions again were exceptional.  I came first in the Women’s category and fourth overall (including the men’s category).  The winner was James French (GB Team) followed by Fred Thomas (GB team) and then Jack Harvard Taylor (GB Team captain).

Racing concluded on the third day with the Classic.  Having not skiing my best the day before, I wanted to end the championships on a high. The course was interesting and I skied it better finishing in first place in the Women’s category and third overall (including the men’s category).

Overall British Telemark Champion

Overall British Telemark Champion

As ever I would like to thank all my sponsors.  It is their generosity and support that meant I could train properly for this event and spend time understanding the course beforehand.

The British Telemark World Cup Ski Team and Development Ski Team have been announced:

Full World Cup Team:
Jasmin Taylor
Anna Morrissey
Jack Harvard Taylor
Chippy White
James French
Fred Thomas

Development Team:
Louis Hatchwell
Robert Houstoun
Ben Atkinson
Danny Johnson
Paddy Armour

The New British Telemark Ski Team and Development Team 2014/15

The New British Telemark Ski Team and Development Team 2014/15

The next event is British hosted World Cup in Rauris on 17th and 18th January.

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