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Navy triumph at Telemark contest

14 February 2018
The Royal Navy Telemark Team successfully defended their title as Inter-Service Telemark Champions at the 2018 Inter-Services Ski and Snowsport Championships held in Meribel.

For the second consecutive year the Telemark Team won all four events – Giant Slalom, Sprint, Classic and Parallel Sprint – to convincingly win the Telemark Team Combined Title.

Telemark was the only discipline at the Inter-Service Championships in which the Royal Navy was victorious.

Despite a significant number of experienced skiers being unavailable for the championships, the Team fought off strong competition from the Army and RAF.  

Telemark Racing is a form of downhill racing on telemark bindings with a ‘free heel’ over a course that includes a jump and a skating section.

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Sub Lt James French and Lt Col Huan Davies consistently gained podium positions and the remainder of the team proved their strength in depth by finishing with the top-four team competitors in the top eight in each race.

Despite a close competition this proved too much for the Army and RAF Teams who finished second and third respectively.

In the individual competition the Navy were also successful with Lt Col Davies and Capt Gordon McCrae finishing second and third respectively.

The NavyTeam consisted of Capt McCrae (Team Captain), Lt Col Davies, Sub Lt French, Lt Col Chris Haw, Lt Col Tony Hulse, Lt Cdr Ramsay Shaw and Capt Russell Squires.

Telemark Racing is a form of downhill racing on telemark bindings with a ‘free heel’ over a course that includes a jump and a skating section.

Anyone interested in trying Telemark should contact Lt Cdr Ramsay Shaw on [email protected] or 9621 81532 / 020721 81532.

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