Jan Farrell: Lancaster skier’s World Cup hopes

British team in Andorra from the left: coach Millar Reid, racers: Ben Hedley, Marc Poncin, Jan Farrell and Colin Urquhart.
British team in Andorra from the left: coach Millar Reid, racers: Ben Hedley, Marc Poncin, Jan Farrell and Colin Urquhart.
  • Jan Farrell is 2014 World Cup champion
  • Has now moved into S1 category for 2015
  • Disappointing first round in Andorra but now moves on to Canada and Sweden

Jan Farrell is a man on a mission.

Not content with winning the FIS Speed Ski World Cup in 2014, becoming the third fastest skier in history on downhill skis at 210.035kph, the British record holder has switched to the top S1 category for modified equipment this year as he bids to go even faster.

Jan Farrell in Andorra.

Jan Farrell in Andorra.

“I went from ninth to fifth to first in three years (in downhill),” he said.

“My objective is to do the same in the S1 catergory.

“My target overall is fifth or sixth this year.”

His cause hasn’t been helped by a poor first World Cup stop of the year in Andorra last week, an event that also acted as the World Championships.

My target overall is fifth or sixth this year

Farrell’s first outing on S1 skis wasn’t one to remember as the Lancaster man finished 19th at the World Championships with a speed of 175,41kph before a credible 13th in the first World Cup of the season the next day.

The championships were four tough days, with unpopular cancellations by the FIS jury, gusty winds and hard track conditions.

Farrell said: “I am rather disappointed with the results and with my entry into S1.

“During the World Championship semi-finals quite a strong headwind hit me and I had problems during the run.”

The cancellation of the final meant that the semi-final results became the definitive marker, making it impossible for Farrell to improve on 19th.

The next day the semi-finals of the first World Cup run took place with the final again cancelled.

Farrell is currently in Sun Peaks Canada for the next round of the World Cup with the final races taking place in Sweden on March 21 and 22.

Read all about Jan’s Lancaster background and hopes for the future in our big interview HERE