Jasmin Taylor: Telemark junior world title hopes ended by injury

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.

What is Telemark?

Named after a region of Norway, Telemark declined in popularity in the 1940s, but enjoyed a resurgence in the 1970s.

Some consider the Telemark turn to be one of the original and oldest ways of turning skis, where the heel, not attached to the ski, is lifted to create turns.

There is a campaign to make it an Olympic sport by 2022

"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."