Jess started skiing when she was 2 ½ in France and went on family holidays to Puy St Vincent every year until she was 6. She completed the French system up to race level and then started skiing at an indoor slope where she joined the local race team at the age of 7.
She spent a number of years training with the British Ski Academy and has been with Ambition for her past four seasons.
Jess has represented GB at a number of Children’s International races including Topolino. She attended the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2015 and also the World Junior Championships in 2016. She is currently the British U21 GS and Super G Champion and the English Alpine GS and slalom champion and U21 Super G and Overall champion.
Name: Abi Bruce
DOB: 27 July 2000
School: St Johns School Leatherhead, Surrey
Club: Ambition Racing, Leogang, Austria
Squad: Delancey British Alpine U21 Squad
Abi had her first ski lesson at Sandown Park Dry Ski Centre when she was 3 then, after a few family ski holidays, she joined Sandown Park Ski Race Club at age 7 where she trained twice weekly as well as attending on-snow training camps
Abi is going into her 3rd year at Ambition Race Academy and will be combining ski training and racing with her A levels.
In her first year of FIS, Abi was chosen to represent GB at the European Youth Winter Olympics in Erzurum, Turkey.
I was born in an ambulance at 70 mph so going fast was something I was born to do. I started skiing at the age of 3 on a family holiday to the Austrian Alps, growing up chasing my older brother everywhere. I started race training at Bellahouston, and was part of the British Alpine Children's team, junior team, and then senior team. I competed in Alpine World Cup Downhill and Super G before making a switch to Freestyle and to Ski Cross. I now compete on the World Cup tour, currently in training for the Olympic qualification races starting in December.
I started skiing at the age of 3 when I was introduced to the sport by my parents on family holidays. Coming from a sporty family I did many different sports and it was only at the age of 12 before I started skiing competitively. I was selected to ski for England at 13 years old and at that point my focus on skiing became more serious.
After a successful alpine ski career I changed discipline to the new exciting freestyle event of ski cross in 2005. Various ski coaches advised me that my skiing style and attitude would be suited to this new extreme event and at the World University Games, in my first ever ski cross race, I finished in 6th position.
I have never looked back since then, ski cross is the ultimate downhill race with the biggest adrenaline rush.
Having travelled the World Cup circuit for the past 4 seasons I slashed my World Cup ranking to a career high of 20th in 2008 and achieved the best result for all British female skiers, finishing 11th in the ski cross world cup finals in Italy. I am also five times British champion and finished 16th in the 2007 ski cross Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Italy.
Due to a serious knee injury in 2009, I missed over half the season. Fortunately surgery was successful and due to the hard work I put in over the summer of 2009 to recover, I am back racing World Cups.
In the 2010 season I created British Skiing history by becoming the first British Female Skier ever to win a Skiing Europa Cup race!
I had a strong finish to the 2011 season with a season's best 14th in the World Cup, Grindelwald, Switzerland and I still remain Britain's No.1 ski cross athlete.
My goals are to consistently place in the worlds top 10 for ski cross and to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Skiing has been Charlie's lifelong obsession and she had her first taste at the age of 3 on the slopes of Cairngorm in the Scottish Highlands near her grandmother’s home in Nethy Bridge. Charlie trained there with the Scottish Ski Club until she joined the British Ski Academy in France at 11. Over the last 9 years, she has progressed though the British system and at 14 became the first British girl to win an international children’s race, before moving up into FIS racing as part of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team.
After leaving school in 2012 and becoming a full time athlete, Charlie has spent the majority of her time training and racing in Austria. In 2013 she made her World Cup debut followed by her debut World Championships at Beaver Creek in February 2015.
In November 2014, Charlie suffered a near career ending training crash which resulted in 4 fractured vertebrae. She has been able to build back up to being ranked well inside the top 100 in the world and has her sights firmly set on the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 2018.
Charlie works closely with the Scottish Institute of Sport who provides world class support across all areas of strength and conditioning, nutrition and physiotherapy. She is looking forward to continuing on from the successes of the 2017 season over the next 12 months with the Ladies World Cup Team. Ultimately Charlie aims to be stepping onto an Olympic Podium as part of Team GB and having already met qualifying standards for PyeongChang 2018, is a strong contender to make her Olympic Debut in February next year.
Darcie started ski racing at the age of 12 for her school Surbiton High which was following in the steps of previous GB no1 female and ex pupil Chemmy Alcott. Darcie started her ski racing journey off at Sandown Park which helped to gain her some confidence and tactic in races.
The first highlight of her career would come after being selected for the English schools team and competing at the world schools race which then led her onto being selected for the British children's team. After spending a few years training at Ambition racing she then went on to spend the next 6 year training at the Team Evolution facility based in Austria, where she made huge improvements in her skiing, collected many British and English titles over the years, and also was the only female from Great Britain to compete at the European Youth Olympic Games in 2013. She has also been one of few girls who have competed in 3 World Junior Alpine Championships. In 2014 she came away from the British championships with first overall Junior&Senior, being the youngest female to ever do so.
After sustaining a nasty injury in 2015 and having to have surgery to reconstruct ligaments she battled to try rehabilitate to get back on top, after having to have 2016 season off with more injuries she is now back on top form. On her first British championships back from injury in 2017 she won the British Junior and Senior downhill title.
Still being a member of the British Team this upcoming season she hopes to continue to make solid improvements in her skiing and compete in Europa Cups.
I was 8 years old when I had my first ski lesson at Alford Dry Ski Slope. I took to it straight away and joined the race club Gordon Skiers within a year. Some of my earlier achievements were competing at Topolino Children’s race in 2006, and also being selected to represent Team GB in the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in 2009.
At the 2011/2012 Delancey British Championships, I became British Female Champion in all 5 events and also became British Overall Champion. My FIS points currently rank me number 1 in Britain in slalom, and number 2 in Giant Slalom.
Next year I hope to make a step up into some Europa Cup races where I can test my abilities against some top competition. I look forward to this with great enthusiasm and hope to have as much success as this past season.
Jasmin Taylor is the first Briton to win a World Championship medal in telemark skiing. She is the 2017 British Champion, 2013 French Cup Champion and her best finishing position in World Cup is 2nd place. Based on her World Cup ranking, she is currently #1 for Great Britain and #4 in the world.
Jaz joined the British Ski Academy as an athlete aged 12, competing as an alpine skier. After becoming the youngest British Ski Cross Champion ever, aged just 15, she made the England Freestyle Ski Team in 2009. It was during this time Jaz started telemark skiing, a discipline for which she showed potential on a far larger scale, competing in her first World Junior Telemark Championship in 2011.
Jaz was invited to the World Junior Championships after the British Telemark Ski Team spotted her results in the French Cup Series following her frequent podium appearances. Jaz has been on the British Team ever since.
During winter, she bases herself in Chamonix, France, and is currently training for the World Cup season and the 2019 World Championships. Persistent and hard-working, Jaz’s exceptional talent for telemarking is matched only by her fierce determination and ambition to one day be World Champion.
My name is Cara Brown, I'm 23 years old and I was born in London to Scottish parents. When I was seven years old I moved to live in Milan, Italy which I have called my home ever since! Living in Italy is brilliant because it means I'm really close to the mountains. My parents decided that I should give ski racing a try after I started showing signs of being a speed demon on family ski holidays. I started racing aged 12 and then progressed onto the Scottish Ski Team aged 16. I stayed in school until I was 18 and then went into full time training. I was selected to the British Ski Team aged 19. I have been fighting my way up World Rankings ever since, travelling around the world competing in races, including Europa Cups and World Cups. My biggest achievements have been defending my British Ladies Overall title for the past 4 years in a row, finishing 34th in my first World Cup and moving my world rankings into the top 150 in the world in both Giant Slalom and Super G. These are also the disciplines that I hope to compete in at the Winter Olympics in February 2018. Between now and then I will be training my hardest on skis and in the gym to be ready to represent Team GB and bring home a result that everyone can be proud of.
Cara would like to thank her sponsors for their support without which none of this would be possible: the Ladies Ski Club, AMS, AMS rentals, Thomas's London Day Schools and seetheworld.com
Occupation: Ski Cross Athlete/ BASI Ski Instructor
First ski experience: Age 4, France
Basic background: Began skiing regularly age 7 at Sunderland Dry Ski Slope
Started ski cross age 16
Sixth Form: Awarded a full academic and ski racing scholarship to Aiglon College, Switzerland. Graduated with a diploma in the International Baccalaureate.
University: Studying International Business at Royal Holloway, London. Awarded a sports scholarship but deferred placement due to Winter Olympic qualification year.
Short Term: Compete in World Cup 2017/18 season
Qualify for 2018 Winter Olympics
Medium Term: Regular top 8 position in World Cup 2018/19 season
Long Term: Podium at 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
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