10 February 2016

Jasmin Taylor: Telemark World Cup in full swing and getting ready for Lillehammer

There’s been no rest for Telemark skiier Jasmin Taylor this year: she’s been busy with another round of World Cup races in France and Spain and then jetting to Norway for the Youth Olympic Games.

The first World Cup race was set in Les Contamines, France, where the races were combined with the World Junior Championships. The British Team had four junior competitors racing with an additional six senior racers. The Sprint was her first race, which, unfortunately, she didn't finish. However, up next was the Classic in which she scored a personal best of 5th place.

A travel and training day later, the team arrived in Espot, Spain, ready to race yet another Classic. The course was steep and icy, and the jump was fast, so the athletes’ limits were certainly tested! This didn’t seem to faze Jasmin and she scored another fantastic personal best result, this time one better - 4th place.

Another two days of racing remained: she finished in 8th position after a tough race in the Sprint and in 9th place on the Dual Sprint. With half the World Cup circuit complete, Jasmin admits that the races have been another big learning curve but she’s taking many positives from them and is kicking off the next half of races at the end of the month in Germany.

Between then and now, she will be in Lillehammer for the Youth Olympic Winter Games (YOWG) as part of an international team representing telemark. She will perform in a demonstration event during the opening and closing ceremonies which is an important, positive step for the sport, which she’s looking forward to:

“I have never been to an Olympic Games so to have this opportunity is very special, I am excited to be here, enjoy the atmosphere and to give my best.”

Whilst in Norway, the team will also have the chance to compete in the Norwegian Championships and do some training, as well as giving telemark taster lessons to the public.

Wishing Jasmin all the best in Lillehammer and for the rest of the season! Keep checking teambss.org.uk for all the latest news from Norway this month.


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