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British Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor has finished the season with six World Cup podiums and a World Championship bronze; More medals than any British snowsports athlete. NEW

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 guidance of British Team coach Sebastian Mansart.

The British Team has recently returned from the bi-annual FIS Telemark World Championships in La Plagne 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.

Taylor took her first World Championship medal in the 'Classic', the longest and most physically demanding of the Telemark disciplines.

"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," Taylor commented on her third place in the event.

Jasmin Taylor with her World Championship bronzeJasmin Taylor with her World Championship bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the World Cup season events came to a close, Taylor wrote on her Facebook:

"What a World Cup season! I'm proud to have finished on the podium 6 times as well as moving up in the general standings to 4th position. A huge thank you to all of my family, friends, coaches, supporters, team-mates, competitors and sponsors for making it completely awesome."

Hear more from Jasmin on her blog here.

"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," ex-British team racer and winter-sport commentator, Jack Harvard Taylor, said.

"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.

"There is a positive future ahead for British Telemark."

Jasmin TaylorJasmin Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telemark events - which are not in the Olympics or X Games - are made up of a gruelling combination of alpine, cross-country and ski-jumping elements.

Taylor started alpine skiing as a child and took up international telemark racing in 2011 at the age of 18.

The BBC has reported on how Taylor got into the sport of Telemarking:

Were it not for a car boot sale and the generosity of her local community in Colchester back in 2012, she may never have been able to reach the summit of her sport.

"I was 17 at the time and didn't have any or money or results to show what I could potentially do in the sport, so I put an advert in the local newspaper," Taylor told BBC Sport.

"It simply read 'please donate unwanted items for skier to sell at a car boot sale'."

"People I didn't even know were unbelievably kind and I was able to go to the car boot sales throughout the summer and sell things for practically 100% profit."

She raised over £2,000 which took her to the British Championships, where she won a title and perhaps just as crucially, secured her first sponsor.

More backers would follow, as would historic success.

Taylo remains in Les Houches until April before returning to Ipswich, where she's studying sports science at the University of Suffolk.

During the off season Taylor also works as a part-time fitness instructor and an ambassador for the national governing body, British Ski and Snowboard.

Read more of British success on the snow on PlanetSKI: Here for Alpine racing and Dave Ryding's success; Here for the recent British Snowboard and Freeski Championships.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.

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