FIS Telemark World Championships conclude in Montchavin-La Plagne

The FIS Telemark World Championships concluded in Montchavin-La Plagne (FRA) last Saturday with a spectacular sprint finish. 

The Championships, which were opened by Montchavin’s Mayor and previous FIS Telemark Chairman Anthony Favre, were attended by 13 nations representing three continents. 

Four races were held over the six days, with athletes facing soft snow conditions due to high temperatures, which Montchavin-La Plagne made every effort to counter. 

The competition started with the team parallel on Thursday which saw a twist of fate as Norway’s Mathilde Illebrekke managed to exploit a mistake by Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond only to then ski through the wrong finish line, resulting in a team disqualification for Norway and paving the way for Switzerland to be crowned Team Parallel World Champions.

The next three races saw a number of thrills and spills with the top athletes jostling for podium places. 

In the ladies’ competition, Reymond did not fail to deliver and won three consecutive World Championship golds forging her place into FIS Telemark history. 

Her Swiss teammate Beatrice Zimmerman, Argeline Tan-Bouquet (FRA), Jasmin Taylor (GBR) and Illebrekke also displayed some fantastic skiing to make it to the podium too. 

In the men’s competition Switzerland’s Stefan Matter and Bastien Dayer were in form claiming one and two in the classic with Germany’s Tobias Mueller in third. 

In the sprint, Mueller took gold for Germany relegating Norway’s Trym Loeken into second place in a dramatic finish.

Philippe Lau

The parallel sprint saw Nicolas Michel (SUI) in the final against Phil Lau (FRA) on home-turf, but was overmatched and took silver with Lau skiing into the finish to take gold and Loeken (NOR) taking bronze.

The Championships were well attended and Montchavin-La Plagne hosted a fantastic event, which ended the 2016/17 FIS Telemark Season. TeleHo live streamed the competitions, which were also featured on the Olympic Channel.