Some of us lucky few from the Leggett Alps team had the privilege of meeting the GB telemark team a few days ago.
Andrew Morgan, agent in Saint Gervais, Marco Chiaudano, agent in Chamonix / Les Houches and I went to see the team in action for a final race on their training ground, Les Houches, having just completed the world championships.
If like me, you are a novice to telemark skiing, it is a fascinating sport and must be experienced in the flesh. It is a combination of downhill skiing, slalom, jumping and cross country skating with the heel free from the ski. Technical, but the team makes it look like a walk in the park!
Leggett became sponsors of the GB telemark team this season. It’s been an exciting venture following their progress full of highs, a couple of blows and some amazing personal bests, with record-breaking results for Great Britain, finishing 5th in the Overall Nations Cup.
Louis Hatchwell recorded his career-best finish of 12th in World Cup and a Top 10 result at the World Championships. Ben Emsley took his first Top 20 result in the World Cup. Colin and Alec Dixon recorded Top 15 results at the World Junior Championships. Sion Bingham finished in 24th place at the World Championships. Jasmin Taylor finished 2nd in the Overall Sprint and Overall Classic rankings, as well as 3rd in the Overall World ranking, with 7 podiums and 1 victory.
The team featured on Ski Sunday this year – if you missed it, you can see the video and Jaz Taylor here.
Getting to meet these stars on the snow, was a real privilege and I have to add what a lovely bunch of competitors they are. I highly recommend seeing a race when you can, you will come away feeling the energy and likely want to try it for yourself!
On behalf of Leggett, we’d like to congratulate them for their success this season and look forward to following them next year!
P.s. Ladies – if you want to give it a try, come and take a trial session with the 3rd world champion, Jaz Taylor, this Saturday, 6th April in Les Houches
Go Telemark team GB! #FreeTheHeel!
Tamsin Beaube, Leggett agent in the Alps