Yesterday Jasmin Taylor won Great Britain’s first FIS Telemark World Championship medal in Steamboat Springs, USA.
Jasmin, who arrived in Colorado just a few days ago from her training base in Les Houches FRA, is competing against the world’s fastest telemark ski racers at the 2015 World Championships.
Following official training on Monday, racing commenced yesterday with the Telemark Sprint race – the shortest of the three FIS Telemark disciplines with each run typically lasting 45 seconds.
Starting bib number 7, Jasmin skied into third position after the first run, just seconds behind behind Argeline Tan-Bouquet of France and Switzerland’s World Cup leader Amélie Reymond.
During the second run Jasmin skied well in the GS gates before storming through the skating section at the bottom of the course and finishing with a combined time of 2:03.35 for the two runs.
Jasmin commented after the race: “It’s great to finally ski the way I know I can ski. I felt so solid on the jump and went long. I’m so pleased to have won a significant medal at this level – feels awesome!
FIS Telemark Chairman and ex-British athlete, Andrew Clarke said: “I am so very proud of Jaz; she has given it her all since starting her journey with telemark.” And went on to say, “what a transformation from the unsteady telemarker myself and Jack Harvard Taylor took for a trial ski in 2010. She deserved that today! When you put it into perspective
considering the competition and see they all come from countries where skiing is almost second nature it makes it all that much sweeter.”
Final results of the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championship, Ladies Sprint:
1st Amélie Reymond, SUI
2nd Mathilde Ilebrekke, NOR
3rd Jasmin Taylor, GBR
Racing continues today (Wednesday 25) with the Parallel Sprint and will be broadcast live at 17:00 GMT via: http://new.livestream.com/TeleHo/events/3784427