Photo: Jasmin Taylor in the World Cup Finals Sprint in Thyon by 360 EBORNET
British Telemark hopes will be represented by an eight-strong World Cup squad and a seven-strong FIS squad this year, as GB Snowsport confirms national team selections for the 2021/22 season.
Following a disrupted 2020/21 competition programme as the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic were felt across the global snowsports community, which nevertheless saw some excellent results including Jasmin Taylor’s fifth place finishes in Classic and Spring at the World Ski Championships in Melschee-Frutt, British Telemark skiers will face an intensive autumn training programme ahead of the winter race schedule.
Last season’s A Squad of Sion Bingham, Colin Dixon, Ben Emsley, Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, and Jasper Taylor will be joined by Alec Dixon (former B Squad member) and new member Timoté Gough in an expanded World Cup Squad, while last season’s B Squad and C Squad members, Louis Blyth, Sissi Compton, Jack Emsley, Harry Fletcher, Robbie Houston, Magnus McIntosh, and Bonnie Price will form a new combined FIS team.
Adrian Pery, GB Snowsport Telemark Committee lead, welcomed the squad announcement saying: “After a heavily covid-impacted season for our Telemark skiers last year, it’s really positive to be able to name such a deep and talented pair of squads for the year ahead. Every athlete selected has shown real commitment to their sport over the past twelve months, and every one of them is hugely deserving of their chance to represent the country this season.”
Jasmin Taylor, Telemark World Cup Squad Member, said: “I’m excited to be part of a really strong British squad heading into the new season. It’s great to share this experience with such a talented group of athletes and it helps us all to push and find the next level. That motivation that is going to be important for us over the next year.”
The 2021/22 Telemark season is scheduled to get underway in December in Hintertux, Austria.
Telemark World Cup Squad:
Sion Bingham, Alec Dixon, Colin Dixon, Ben Emsley, Timoté Gough, Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Jasper Taylor
Telemark FIS Squad:
Louis Blyth, Sissi Compton, Jack Emsley, Harry Fletcher, Robbie Houston, Magnus McIntosh, Bonnie Price