Jasmin Taylor will enter next season on the brink of history after a fantastic telemark World Cup in Slovenia where she finished her campaign wit h a host of top-three results in the overall rankings.

Dave Ryding and Charlie Guest recorded their best-ever World Championship results just as the Alpine World Junior Championships get underway.

The Para Nordic World Championships also started over the weekend in Canada while the British charge at the Cross Country World Championships starts tomorrow in Austria.

Telemark World Cup, Krvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Sun 17 February

Telemark World Junior Championships, Krvavec SLO – Thu 14 to Mon 18 February

Jasmin Taylor has completed the most successful-season of her World Cup career with another great weekend of racing in Krvavec..

On Thursday Taylor was third in the classic which took her to 29 career World Cup podiums, tying the British record with freestyle skier Jilly Curry. Then over the weekend she was knocked out in the quarter-finals of Saturday’s parallel sprint to finish with a share of fifth, before recording a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s sprint, just 0.19sec off the podium.

Those results contributed to Taylor finishing the World Cup season with her best overall rankings: second in classic, second in sprint and third overall.

“It was my goal to finish the season in the top three, so I’m really pleased,” said Taylor. “The pressure over the last few races has been overwhelming and very intense.

“It was emotional and amazing to discover with my coach that I had done enough to secure the third place.”

The best British results in the men’s World Cup races went to Louis Hatchwell (20th) in the classic, Alec Dixon (=17th) in the parallel sprint and Colin Dixon (27th) in the sprint.

This World Cup event also co-hosted the World Junior Championships where Alec and Colin Dixon were in action. In the sprint, Colin was 16th while Alec recorded a DNF; in the parallel sprint Colin was knocked out in the first round (=17th) and Alec in the second (=9th); in yesterday’s sprint Colin finished 12th and Alec was 16th.

After five World Cups in four countries over 29 days, the skiers now have a month to prepare for the Telemark World Championships in Rjukan, Norway on 20-23 March.


Alpine World Championships, Åre SWE – Mon 4 to Sun 17 February

Alpine World Cup, Stockholm SWE – Tue 19 February

Alpine World Junior Championships, Val di Fassa ITA

The best British result of the Alpine World Championships came in the final event when Dave Ryding rocketed up the leaderboard to finish ninth.

After recording the 20th-fastest time on the first run, Ryding then sent down the third-fastest second run to rise eleven places and register his best individual World Cup finish.

Zak Vinter was 37th, Billy Major was 43rd after the first run but couldn’t complete his second while Laurie Taylor recorded a DNF on the first run.

Charlie Guest put in one of her best-ever races in the ladies’ slalom to finish 24th. Having never previously made the flip into the top 30 at Olympic, World Championships or World Cup level, the 25-year-old finished 30th on the first run and had the honour of leading the field down for the second run.

Guest temporarily held the World Championship lead, ultimately registering the 14th-fastest second run time to climb six places into 24th.

On Friday, Charlie Raposo was 32nd after the first run of the men’s giant slalom before recording a DNF.

For Ryding, there is no post-World Championships rest as he is in action in the parallel slalom tomorrow evening at the World Cup City Event in Stockholm. The 32-year-old has recorded three of his top five World Cup results in the knockout format, including a second-place finish on New Year’s Day in Oslo and fourth at the corresponding event in Stockholm in 2017.

The World Cup City Event will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 from Tuesday 4:20pm.

Meanwhile, the World Junior Championships start tomorrow in Italy with eight GB Alpine skiers in action over the coming week.

The ladies’ technical events take place over the next two days; Jess Anderson, Victoria Palla and Abi Bruce will contest tomorrow’s giant slalom while Anderson and Palla will also be in Wednesday’s slalom.

On Thursday Iain Innes will be in the men’s super G before the alpine team event on Friday.

Next week sees men’s giant slalom on Monday and slalom on Tuesday. Innes, Zak Vinter and Will Beney will line up for both races, Leo Karavasili is in the giant slalom and Fraser Middleton will race the slalom.


Para Nordic World Championships, Prince George CAN – Fri 15 to Sun 24 February

The Para Nordic World Championships are taking place this week in Canada with five British skiers competing across the six cross country and biathlon events.

In Saturday’s middle distance biathlon, PyeongChang Paralympian Scott Meenagh led the way in eighth while Steve Arnold was 11th. Meenagh was again the front-running British skier in yesterday’s middle distance cross country, scoring another eighth-place finish. Steve Arnold (13th) and Callum Deboys (14th) finished further back while Rachel Morris was seventh in the ladies’ race.

Racing continues today with the cross country sprint before a rest day tomorrow. Meenagh and Arnold will line up in the biathlon sprint and individual events on Wednesday and Thursday, then all five skiers will be in action on the weekend in the final two cross country races.

The Para Nordic World Championships are being streamed live from 6pm each day, with event links available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV.


Cross Country World Championships, Seefeld AUT – Thu 21 February to Sun 3 March

The World Cross Country Championships start in Austria on Thursday with three of the five-strong British squad in action in the skate sprint.

Annika Taylor will be flying the flag in the ladies’ race, hoping to emulate her sprint from the 2017 World Championships where she narrowly missed qualifying into the top 30 in what remains one of the best results of her career.

James Clugnet and Andrew Young will be in the men’s event, with the pair spurring each other on to great performances throughout this season. In the last World Cup in Finland, Young finished seventh in what was his second-best career result in an individual sprint. Clugnet has had a breakthrough season at the highest level, qualifying to the knockout races in four of the six World Cups sprints.

Young’s best World Championships sprint result came in Lahti two years ago when he was 22nd. On that occasion Clugnet competed in his first World Championships and was 75th, 15 seconds off the top 30, however the 22-year-old has come on leaps and bounds in the time since.

The Cross Country World Championships are being broadcast on Eurosport. The heats, semi-finals and finals of Thursday’s sprint will be on Eurosport 2 from 1pm GMT.


Freestyle Skiing Nor-Am Cup, Aspen USA – Fri 15 to Sun 17 February

Zoe Atkin continued her strong season with victory at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open on Saturday.

It was the 16-year-old’s third Nor-Am Cup victory in as many events this year, and she now sits on top of the halfpipe standings with two events remaining in March.

World Junior Champion Connie Brogden was fifth in the halfpipe having earlier finished twelfth in slopestyle. Sam Ward finished seventh in halfpipe with Sam Gaskin 24th.


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