With their World Cup season getting underway shortly, we hear from the British Telemark squad on the hopes and ambitions for 2023
Last season saw the British Telemark squad deliver the best results in its history. Jasmin Taylor finished second in the world rankings with two World Cup wins and eight podiums. Ben Emsley achieved two top-10 finishes, Tim Gough finished fifth in the World Junior Championship Sprint and recorded a World Cup top-10. Colin Dixon was consistently in the top-15, Magnus McIntosh took a top-10 in the World Junior Championships along with two top-15 finishes in World Cup competition. Bonnie Price recorded top-15 places consistently, and Sissi Compton recorded a top-15 place in the World Junior Championships.
Sponsor support making a difference
Without the support of its sponsors, GB Telemark would face ever higher barriers to success on the slopes. This season will see dartbus, a transfer company offering affordable and environmentally responsible operations between Geneva and Val Thorens, Tignes and Val d’Isere, on board as a new sponsor, while Leggett Immobilier International, an award-winning estate agent operating nationally though France and beyond, will continue to support the team as they have done for a number of seasons.
The team is also delighted to have the support of Point 6 UK, who provide the athletes with the best quality socks for training and competition, VOLA who provide waxes and ski preparation tools to keep skis fast and in great condition for the winter season, and Maier Sports, the team’s kit provider who pride themselves on their great for all with their wide range of sizes.
Looking ahead to 2023 – Jaz Taylor
The tour will travel from France to Switerland, then on to Norway, Slovenia and Germany before returning to Switzerland once more for the World Championships in Murren. I really enjoy racing in Slovenia, and the World Championships should end the season in style. We’ve been training in Hintertux this pre-season, and I personally spent the summer in Australia working as a race coach and ski instructor during the southern hemisphere season. It was really nice to change things up and experience a new place and people.
Final year as a Junior – Magnus McIntosh
I balance ski racing and university. My main focus at the moment is to train hard and gain experience on the World Cup Circuit again this season. During the off-season I practice my skate by roller skiing around the hills near Edinburgh where I live. After university I will dedicate myself to skiing and be able to hit the ground running. As my last year as a junior, I am looking ahead to my final Junior World Championships at the end of this season where I hope to get a podium finish.
Building on a positive 2021-22 – Colin Dixon
After having a positive 2021-22 season, I’m looking forward to the upcoming season with races scattered all throughout Europe including some very fun and technical slopes to compete on, certainly in Melchsee-Frutt (Switzerland). I am inpatient to begin the 2022-23 World Cup season, hoping to build on last season and proud to represent Great Britain at the International level.