Jasmin Taylor is chasing a record-breaking 30th World Cup podium

Jasmin Taylor has the chance to create history this week at the telemark World Cup in Slovenia, an event which is also doubling as the Junior World Championships. Meanwhile the Alpine World Championships continue in Sweden with much anticipation ahead of Dave Ryding’s slalom run on Sunday; the World Para Nordic Championships start tomorrow in Canada; results are in from the opening speed ski World Cup of the season and the European Youth Olympic Festival has wrapped up in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 

TELEMARK WORLD CUP & WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSKrvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Mon 18 February

Jasmin Taylor is on track to become Britain’s most-decorated FIS World Cup athlete this weekend’s event in Slovenia which also features races in the World Junior Championship.

The telemark ace scored her 29th career podium when she finished third in Thursday’s classic in Krvavec, and still has sprint and parallel sprint races to come over the weekend. So far this season Taylor has recorded seven podium finishes from 10 races and has finished no worse than fifth. She has a four-from-four record of top three results in Krvavec and won the parallel sprint there last year.

Yesterday’s result took her career tally equal with freestyle skier Jilly Curry who also earned 29 podiums in freestyle skiing between 1987 and 1994.

In the men’s classic races, Louis Hatchwell finished 20th in the World Cup, while in the Junior World Championship race Colin Dixon was 16th and Alec Dixon recorded a DNF.

Parallel sprint is scheduled to be contested tomorrow followed by the World Cup sprint on Sunday and Junior World Championship sprint on Monday.

Live streaming of the FIS Telemark World Cup is available at: www.livestream.com/TeleHo

 

EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPIC WINTER FESTIVALSarajevo & East Sarajevo BIH – Mon 11 to Fri 15 February

The European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Sarajevo wrapped up today with the 16 snowsport athletes performing strongly and matching the 2017 tally by bringing home a bronze medal.

Snowboard: Gabe Adams led the way on the snowboard course with a bronze medal in yesterday’s big air after finishing sixth in Tuesday’s slopestyle. Lewis Moore joined Adams in both finals and finished 11th in both events. Ethan Smith (18th) and Leon Drynan (23rd) both made the boys’ slopestyle semis before finishing 17th and 22nd (respectively) in big air qualification.

In the girls’ events, Lara Cabrera-Myram was 11th in slopestyle and 21st in big air, while Luca Mai Lane Hopkins was 14th in big air and 15th in slopestyle.

Alpine: Sarah Woodward produced the best result of the alpine team when she was eighth in slalom on the opening day of the competition, before finishing 15th in giant slalom. Victoria Palla was in the top 10 after the first run of the slalom before recording a DNF and was 21st giant slalom. Olivia Foster and Daisi Daniels both scored their best results in slalom and managed to finish all four runs across both races.

The best result in the boys’ races came from Owen Vinter who was 20th in giant slalom in a race where Charles Rankin was 35th. Oliver Weeks – a late addition to the team – was the only British racer not to DNF in slalom and finished in 33rd. Unfortunately Edouard Guigonnet recorded DNFs in both events, while Weeks failed to finish the giant slalom.

Cross Country: Amongst highly-competitive fields, there were solid results from Team GB’s pair of cross country skiers with the best performances coming in the 7.5km free where Alexander Franks-Penty was 39th and Beinn Horsfall was 46th. Franks-Penty finished 46th in the 10km classic and 52nd in the sprint classic; Horsfall was 64th and 56th in the corresponding events.

 

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

The Alpine Skiing World Championships are moving to their conclusion in Sweden with the final three technical events still to come.

On Tuesday GB was defeated 3-1 by Germany in the opening round of the Alpine Team Event. Dave Ryding was the only racer to win his match-up on the way to a share of ninth place.

Yesterday, Alex Tilley was in 25th after the opening run of the giant slalom, but unfortunately recorded a DNF on the second run. Jess Anderson failed to finish first run on her World Championship debut and is now en route to next week’s World Junior Championships in Italy.

Later today, Charlie Raposo will make his first appearance of the event in the giant slalom alongside Jack Gower who has already competed in downhill, super G and alpine combined.

On Saturday, the ladies’ slalom will feature Tilley and Charlie Guest while GB will be represented by Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Zak Vinter and Billy Major in Sunday’s men’s slalom

Note: BBC and Eurosport are screening the Alpine World Championships on the Red Button and other digital channels. BBC viewing schedule: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-sports/46831231; Eurosport viewing schedule: https://gb.eurosportplayer.com/schedule/alpine-skiing/48. Links to live scoring/timing can be found at: https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/live.html.

 

PARA NORDIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The World Para Nordic Championships kick off in Canada over the weekend where a five-strong team from GB Parasnowsport will be in action.

Steve Arnold and PyeongChang Paralympian Scott Meenagh are the first skiers in action and they will be taking on the biathlon sprint tomorrow.

The pair will be joined in the cross country middle distance event on Sunday by Callum Deboys, Steve Thomas and Rachel Morris who are all making their first World Championships appearances.

Over the course of the following week, GB will also be represented in individual and middle distance biathlon as well as sprint and long distance cross country.

 

SKI CROSS WORLD CUP Feldberg GER – Thu 14 to Sun 17 February

Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was unable to reproduce his recent form in Germany over the past two days at the World Cup in Feldberg.

In his most recent outings, Davies recorded GB’s best-ever men’s ski cross results at World Cup and World Championship level.

However in both yesterday’s and this morning’s qualifying runs, the 21-year-old could not crack the top 32 and will not proceed to the weekend’s knockout runs.

The World Cup circuit moves on to Russia next week where Davies will be in action at Sunny Valley.

 

SPEED SKI WORLD CUP Salla FIN – Wed 13 to Thu 14 February

The Speed Ski World Cup season kicked off this week in Finland with Jan Farrell looking to build on a successful 2017/18 campaign which delivered his career-best results.

Farrell recorded a pair of ninth-place finishes on Wednesday and Thursday, improving on his two 13th-place results from 2018.

The circuit has a three-week break before resuming at Idre Fjäll in March.

 

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