In February 1975, he had a dramatic and spectacular fall during the downhill race at Megève and suffered a concussion and a broken nose which kept him out of action for several weeks. He failed to feature in the top placings for the next five years until finishing 12th at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
Britain had never produced a successful downhill racer, and Bartelski's performance resulted in the French television commentator saying, "Ce n'est pas possible! C'est un anglais" ("It's not possible, It's an Englishman").
The second placing result remains the highest placing by a Briton in any World Cup race.
He retired from World Cup races in 1983.
He also worked for Sky Television on the Ford Ski Report and Great Escapes and for BBC Radio Five Live and several broadsheet UK newpapers including The Guardian, Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times and The Times.
For 10 years he was a director of Badger Sports, a Winter Sports distributor with a £1.25 million turnover.
In the late 1990s, he switched to behind the television cameras, as an assistant producer for Trans World International (TWI) and moved to Octagon CSI in 2001. By 2003 he moved to ESPN Classic Sport, broadcasting in Italy and France and later the United Kingdom.
He speaks fluent German and Dutch, since he was educated in the Netherlands.
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