Jasmin Taylor caught our attention due to her talents in Telemark skiing. In the winter Jaz bases herself in stunning Charmonix, France and is currently working on hard training for the World Cup Season and 2019 World Championships. Her dedication, persistence and determination in the sport will hopefully see her through to great achievements in the future. Telemark skiing is a technique used to go downhill on snow and involves a squatting type motion and the wearing of downhill skis. Telemark skiing is growing in popularity and is a difficult discipline to master. Jaz is currently ranked number one in Great Britain and forth in the world. She joined the British Ski Academy at the tender age of 12. At 15 years of age she became the youngest British Ski Cross Champion and made her way into the England Freestyle Ski team in 2009. By 2011 Jaz had competed in the World Junior Telemark Championships. Her talents were spotted and she was catapulted into competing at the World Junior Championships. Here’s Jasmin’s interview with us giving an insight into her training and life.
What have been your biggest achievements so far?
Bronze medal in the World Championships 2017 and 2015, 8 World Cup podiums.
How did you first get into skiing?
A school project where we had to give a speech on mountains, my parents decided it looked good enough to visit and suggested ski lessons which I instantly loved.
What do you love about skiing and what challenges you?
I love the challenge mainly, it keeps me engaged and striving to be the best I can be.
What’s involved in a typical training day?
Training on the mountain, in the gym, ski prep and admin duties for sponsors, training, travel and races mainly.
Psychologically how do you prepare before a big race?
I try to stay focused on what I have to do, that’s usually quite a lot to ask and if I do that right – my mind is focused and ready to go.
(Jaz gate training. Photo by Ian Johnston.)
Where is your favourite place to ski and why?
Les Houches, it’s the most familiar to me and feels like home.
(Jaz Taylor in Oberjoch, Germany. Photo credits and thanks to Telemark Weltcup, Oberjoch)
Do you take part in any other sports or certain types of training to support your skiing?
Yes! We go ski jumping, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, roller blading, slack-lining, gym training and anything else we enjoy!
You’re also a student studying Sport and Exercise Science – how do you fit this around training and competing?
I study part-time at the University of Suffolk, my tutors are all current or previous sporting professionals so understand the role very well. They are supportive and helpful with my studies and because I am part-time, I can catch up in the summer and spring time when I am home again.
Has the knowledge you’ve gained from your studies helped your skiing in any way?
Yes, it gives a greater understanding and I find one compliments the other very well, they both help to make the other make more sense.
What do you like to do in your spare time and how do you like to relax?
I am also working towards my BASI ski instructor qualifications. I coach at the local dry ski slope in Ipswich and sailing or wind surf with my boyfriend.
What are your goals for the future?
Achieve my full potential in telemark racing, complete my degree and BASI qualifications.
Do you have a favourite Nalu bead?
Would have to be ‘Chamonix.