Jasmin Taylor: Telemark junior world title hopes ended by injury

Jasmin Taylor

Britain's biggest medal hope at the Telemark Junior World Championships Jasmin Taylor has learned her season is over because of injury.

The 20-year-old British champion has a grade three tear of her medial collateral knee ligament.

She made history in December by becoming the first Briton to win a medal at a Telemark World Cup event.

"It's a real hard one to swallow. The goal was to win the world juniors," the Ipswich skier told BBC Sport.

"I was in the best form of my life. I'm skiing better than I've ever skied, jumping better, landing better than ever.

"I feel absolutely devastated. I've got a summer ahead knowing I've got weeks of therapy and rehab."

This year would have been Taylor's last opportunity to win the junior championships, a competition she took bronze in two years ago.

She was also placed among the top five across the World Cup events this season.

"Bouncing back is a true test of a champion. It's not just about skiing fast on the day, it's the adversity you had to overcome to get there," she added.

"It's a massive challenge to become a world champion. That's the ultimate goal and what I have to focus on now."