James takes to the air for TV

James Lambert in action
James Lambert in action

A FORMER Todmorden man will take part in m ajor televised ski-jumping competition.

James Lambert left Todmorden as an 18-year-old in 1983, moving to Garmisch Partenkirchen in the Alps where, three years later, he got involved in ski-jumping.

Now he is based in Sweden and trains regularly with the Norwegian national team.

He will be competing in the Nordic Ski World Championships in Oslo to be held on the famous and historical ski jumping hill, the newly rebuilt Holmenkollen.

The event will be televised in the UK on Eurosport on February 26‎ and then on March 2 he will move to the highest hill.

A member of the Great Britain Ski Jumping Team James believes he will be the oldest World Championships ski jumper in history.

James achieved his dream of regaining his British ski-jumping distance record in 2009.

He set the record during the International Masters Championships annual Summer Grand Prix in the Alpine town of Einsiedeln in Switzerland, when he soared to 93 metres off the 117 metre hill. He also managed to grab two bronze medals on the day.

James first set a British record in 1994 - one that lasted until 2004 when it was broken by British/Canadian Glen Pederson.