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Meribel 2020: Royal Navy Win Telemark Giant Slalom Finals

History was made as Sub Lieutenant Dominique Symons won the Inter Services' first women's Telemark Giant Slalom final.

The Royal Navy has won both the men's and women's Telemark Giant Slalom Final at the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.

The event, held on the stade at Meribel ski resort in France, was the first event of the year after the BFBS Snowboard Cross final was postponed over "course issues"

Sub Lieutenant Dominique 'Nix' Symons became the first woman to ever win the Telemark Giant Slalom final in the tournament, beating the Navy's Lieutenant Emma Barry.

"It feels amazing to be part of it," said Sub Lieutenant Symons.

"I fell in love with the sport as soon as I did it and I just want there to be more people to love it like I do.

"As a sport, it has previously been owned by men and we can definitely take that back...it would be awesome to get more women here and I hope we can in the future." 

Meanwhile, Lieutenant James French won the men's - beating last year's champion, Robbie Houston, from the British Army. 

 Podium at the men's Telemark Giant Slalom 030220 CREDIT BFBS
Lieutenant French regained his Telemark Giant Slalom gold medal, winning by 12.52 seconds.

Speaking to Forces News after being crowned winner, he said: "The competition was tough, we've been struggling with the hill, with the weather conditions - it's really warm.

"My first run was a bit better than the second but all in all, a good day."

Lieutenant French also said it was "absolutely great" to see a female winner of the event for the first time.

"I go to most of the alpine [events] through the week and that's equal men and women, so it would be great to see that in telemark," he said.

"I'm sure just year-to-year it's going to be stronger and stronger."

Around 150 competitors from across the UK Armed Forces are taking part in 12 events during the annual five-day tournament.

This year marks 20 years since snowboarding was first included in the championship.

Cover Image: Sub Lieutenant Dominique Symons celebrates her victory.