FIS Speed Skiing News From Jan Farrell As The Season Kicks Off

British team speed skier in his best ever starting position.

The 2019 FIS World Cup Speed Ski season starts in Salla, Finland on 12 February, 2019. The early stages of this season have been complicated for everyone involved. With extreme weather conditions hampering training for the competitors and the re-scheduling of the first race of the season in Sweden, finally things are about to start for the fastest non-motorised sport on the planet.

Speed Ski 2019 Schedule

Salla, Finland (World Cup): 11-14 February
Idre Fjäll, Sweden (World Cup): 7-9 March
Vars, France (World Championships): 21-24 March
Vars, France (World Record Attempt): 25-31 March
Vars, France (World Cup): 2-4 April
Grandvalira/Grau Roig (World Cup): 10-13 April

Great Britain’s highest ranked skier, Jan Farrell will kick off the 2019 World Cup Speed Ski season on February 11 in Salla, Finland. After finishing 5th in last year’s overall World Cup standings, Farrell will begin his 2019 quest from inside the Arctic Circle, battling some of the fastest skiers in the world for a place on the podium.

Following his first podium place last winter in Sun Peaks, Canada, Farrell is now targeting the goal of becoming the first British skier to win a speed race since Nigel Brockton in 2003. He has his eyes on 143.95 mph, his fastest recorded time on snow, and a benchmark for what he plans to be a historic season.

The 2019 Speed Ski season is made up of seven World Cup events, the World Championships and the World Record attempt in Vars, France – known to be the fastest track for speed skiers and where the World Record was broken by Italy’s Ivan Origone with a speed of over 158 mph. This year Farrell will face off against Origone, 2017 World Cup Speed Ski champion Bastien Montes of France, as well as the powerful Austrian duo of Klaus Schrottshammer and former World Cup alpine racer Manuel Kramer.

Jan Farrell said:

This winter has been a story of extremes for me as I was forced to cancel or re-schedule every single one of my on-snow trainings. Ski testing with Atomic in Austria was impossible due to the snowstorm of the century and the first scheduled races in Idre Fjäll, Sweden were delayed (March 7-9) due to lack of snow. Certainly quite a contrast! I hope you enjoy watching the Speed Ski season as much as we do racing. You’ll be able to follow the race highlights we produce on FIS Facebook, and my day-to-day developments on my social media.

Other News From Jan Farrell

Jan continues his media production, working to increase the visibility of the sport. This week he has released his most ambitious film so far: The Women of Speed Ski documentary. This project is the first of a series of weekly inside stories on his YouTube channel till the end of the season.

Two weeks ago Jan teamed up with former World Cup Alpine racer and current World #2 Manuel Kramer of Austria to record his first Speed Ski descents of the season in Salla, Finland. In the freezing climates of Artic Finland, they survived temperatures as low as -34ºC, logging their first speeds over 170 kph of the season. Despite the harsh conditions, Jan is now confident that acclimatising to the track and Arctic temperatures should give him an advantage on a complicated track which last year saw his worst results of the season (13th).

Farrell, an investor and advisor to ski technology brand Carv, is pleased to announce that the artificial intelligence-powered Ski Coach has raised an impressive £1 million in the investment round, which brings a promising future ahead of rich features and new products in the pipeline. Jan says a huge thank-you to those that have become a part of the journey. CARV is now available to buy, and they aim to carry on changing the way the world learns to ski.

About Speed Skiing

Speed Skiing is the fastest land-based, non-motorised sport in the world. Specially prepared tracks allow skiers to reach speeds of over 240kph in the right conditions. Dedicated equipment includes speed skis of up to 2 metres, 40 centimetres in length and aerodynamic helmets – as well as suits designed to reduce any possible drag. The sport requires strength, endurance and nerves – but also technical skills that can help to shave valuable seconds to racers’ times.

Company Information

Jan is an international athlete, entrepreneur, and British downhill ski record holder.

His on-the-snow achievements include:
Overall FIS World Cup Speed Ski DH Champion 2014
Top speed of 231.66kph (Speed Masters Vars 2015)
2x World Record holder
Third fastest human in the world on downhill skis.
Speed 1 World Cup rank 2018: 5th

But Jan’s passions don’t end on the snow. Here are some of his off-piste ventures:
CEO and founder of Liberalia, a mobile phone insurance company
FIS Speed Ski Marketing and Communications Manager
Founder Jan Farrell Media
Angel Investor
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Instituto de Impresa (IE) Business School
Car Fanatic

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