Ipswich telemark skier Jasmin Taylor wins World Championship bronze
Suffolk skiing star Jasmin Taylor has just completed her most successful season.
Taylor, from Ipswich, finished the 2016/17 FIS Telemark campaign with one World Championship bronze medal and six World Cup podiums, making her one of Great Britain’s most successful wintersport athletes to date.
She started international telemark ski racing in 2011, aged 18, and has since established herself as a serious contender on the circuit and one of the driving forces behind telemark’s campaign for inclusion into the Winter Olympic Games. It’s a skiing style which only sees the toe of the boot fixed to the skis.
Based in Les Houches, France during the winter season, Taylor trains alongside several other British athletes and members of the French national team under the watchful guidance of British Team coach Sebastian Mansart.
Just last week the British Team returned from the prestigious bi-annual FIS Telemark World Championships in La Plagne, France, where Taylor won her second Championship medal in what is regarded as the pinnacle of the sport and the highlight of the international telemark calendar.
Success came on the Friday of competition when Taylor took her first World Championship medal in the ‘Classic’, the longest and most physically demanding of the telemark disciplines.
Taylor skied into third position and said: “It feels great to have achieved all of my season goals and more. The medal at the World Championships came in the discipline I least expected and I’m proud to have given everything in all my races”.
Jack Harvard Taylor, ex-British Team racer and winter-sport commentator, added: “Jasmin has once again stepped up her skiing this season taking six World Cup podiums. The World Championship bronze medal really is the cherry on the cake.
“The team has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Five years ago Jasmin took Great Britain’s first telemark medal at the Junior World Championships in Esport, Spain. Today she continues to dominate in the ladies competition.”
Taylor will remain in Les Houches until April before returning to Ipswich, where she’s studying sports science at the University of Suffolk.