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BRITAIN'S FASTEST SKIER IN ACTION
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Speed skier Jan Farrell is chasing a World Cup podium after establishing himself as one of the quickest racers on the planet. He's competing in Canada. NEW

The Lancaster-born skier has now fully recovered from a horrifying crash at 216kph (134mph) during the 2016 World Cup event in Vars, France.

He is hoping to better his record 5th place when he competes in the first Speed Ski World Cup of the season, in Sun Peaks, Canada, on a technical track that tends to suit him. 

"A high speed crash is a traumatic experience and you have to go back to the basics after that, it's not easy," Farrell says.

"I'm confident it will strengthen me as an athlete and help me achieve better results; it's just incredible how psychological this sport is and how important fear management is."

During the 2016 season, Farrell finished in overall 6th position despite the crash in the middle of the racing calendar.

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Farrell has spent the off-season combining on-snow training with gym work aimed at approaching the World Record of 254.958kph held by Ivan Origone.

He competes in the unlimited S1 category where skiers exceed 200kph in less than 8 seconds on slopes that can reach 120% gradient. 

Since he started to race in the category, he has consistently finished inside the top 10 and he is now prepared and ready to fight for a podium place.

Farrell will be skiing with the European flag on his helmet this year.

"I don't want it to be a political message, I'm proud to represent Great Britain and the Union Flag," he says. 

"I was born in Lancaster in 1983 when the UK was part of Europe, and I feel identified by the whole continent. My mother is from the Czech Republic and I've lived a long time in Spain.

"I feel at home anywhere in Europe, I feel European, not only British."

PlanetSKI has followed Jan Farrell's exploits - not all of them involving conventional skiing - with interest. 

See our report from October when he broke the world record for skiing on asphalt being towed by a Ferrari.

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The World Cup Speed Skiing event at Sun Peaks, Canada, begins on Sunday and continues to Wednesday.

You can read more about Jan Farrell on his website.

Main photo: Victor Moscardo

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