Third championship title celebrated by Suffolk Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 08 February 2016
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Ipswich's international skiing star Jasmin Taylor has claimed her hattrick of British Championship titles.
The 22-year-old, who competes in Telemark skiing, took part in the sport’s annual showdown between British participants last month (January 16-19).
Having previously claimed the woman’s title in 2012 and 2014 Taylor again beat off all competition over three days of racing to land the top prize.
Taking place in Mürren, Switzerland, Taylor came first in all three elements, the giant slalom, the sprint and the classic.
Even though she had to contend with poor visibility at times Taylor said she was pleased with her races despite challenging circumstances prior to the competiton.
What is Telemark skiing?
It is a form of skiing which originated in the Telemark region of Norway.
The boot is connected to the ski by the toe only – the heel is left free.
There are usually three race formats within the discipline: Classic, classic sprint and parallel sprint.
All formats include a downhill section through gates, a 360 degree banked turn, a jump and a cross country section.
“It did go very well,” she said. “We had a tough start to the season with difficult training conditions.
“We didn’t have enough snow so it made for a trying start, but when we got to the British Championships it soon made up for lost time and we almost had too much.”
Taylor said it was a great feeling to win the title for a third time but added the event had the additional benefit of helping her prepare for the next round of World Cup races.
“It’s nice to be moving in the right direction and feeling positive about things,” Taylor said.
“It’s always nice to have the title because it’s great for the CV if you like.
“It’s the best title you can have, being British. It’s a big deal.”
Since the championships, run by the Army Winter Sports Association, Taylor has also competed in World Cup races in La Plagne, France (January 26-27), making the quarter-finals of the parallel sprint and placing sixth in the sprint.
She was also due to race in the next round of the cup from January 29 to February 2 in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France.
“I’m feeling like I’m starting to ski the way I want to be skiing,” Taylor added. “It seems to be coming together so it’s feeling good.”
The following round of World Cup racing will then take place in Espot, Spain between February 5 and 7.
Taylor will also be part of a Telemark delegation displaying the discipline as a demonstration sport at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer in Norway which runs from February 12 to 21.