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    Tracey Gray

    LVI Form pupil, Magnus, competed in the British Telemark Skiing Championships last month and was invited to participate in the Telemark World Cup. Magnus spent two weeks on Pralognan-la-Vanoise, taking part in the prestigious event in France.

    The British Championships consists of one week’s training before three races, all slightly different from each other. Having had two weeks of training prior to the British Championships, Magnus felt to be in a good position going into the competition. He finished second place in the first two races and first in the U21 category, however, unfortunately, he crashed in the last race putting him out of the running for the overall title.

    Not disappointed, Magnus had proven himself enough to be invited to stay for the World Cup, which was a fantastic opportunity to learn more and gain valuable experience. Finishing in the top 30 in one of the races was the perfect way to end two weeks of ski racing, and has put Magnus in good stride, should he choose to travel to Slovenia in February for the Junior World Cup.

    Telemarking is a more traditional form of skiing, originating in Norway, originally designed as a means of all mountain transport. This tradition is apparent in the races, whereby there is a downhill Giant Slalom section through the gates, a jump and a flat skating section.