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Meribel 2020: Royal Navy Defend Telemark Crown

The result means the Royal Navy has completed a clean sweep in the telemark this year.

The Royal Navy has won the Telemark Classic final at the 2020 Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.

The win means the Navy has successfully defended their telemark crown after already winning both the men's and women's Telemark Giant Slalom finals earlier this week.

Lieutenant James French and Sub Lieutenant Dominique 'Nix' Symons won both Telemark disciplines.

Speaking after winning the Telemark Classic, Lt French said he was thankful for some better snow.

"It's a perfect day in Meribel, the snow's hardened up and we've had a great race now, fair for everybody... the snow held up really well all the way to the end," he said.

Meanwhile, Sub Lt Symonds recovered from a fall to win the classic.

"There was a lot of white, there was a bit of a gate, I heard a lot of shouting so I thought: 'Maybe I can carry on'," she said.

"I continued down and it was fine then I realised I've got a whole section to do as well!"

Sub Lieutenant Dominique 'Nix' Symons with RN telemark team 050220 CREDIT BFBS
Sub Lt Symons is all smiles with her team after victory.

On Monday, Sub Lt Symons became the first woman to win the Telemark Giant Slalom and is calling on more women to take part.

"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," she said.

"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."

The Navy also finished second in the men's with the Army coming third.

There was no second or third place in the women's as there were only two people competing. 

Around 150 competitors from across the UK Armed Forces are taking part in the five-day tournament in Meribel, France.

Read the latest on the Inter Services Snow Sports Championships here.

Cover image: Lt James French has won both telemark events in this year's Inter Services Snow Sports Championships.