Sunday, 29 December 2013
I had two days practise which was nice. But previously I had been skiing at Copper anyway. I was used to the pipe. So it wasn't too difficult to get into my run early on in the practise. Once both my practise days were up I had a day off due to the snowboard event being on. A couple of guys on the team went up to support Ben Kilner and Dom Harrington.
Ben and Dom both managed to get a score on the board but it was not the run they wanted. But it meant they both got some valuable points to help keep them in the run for Sochi. It was good to watch and it makes a difference having your mates coming to watch. So everyone made an effort.
Next up was me. I had three run practise which isn't a lot. It is all you need though. A run of straight airs and then into tricks after that. Practise went well and I was feeling good about my run. I had been struggling with my right 9's. They still need work but it was time for me to put it in my run. I needed to progress and by forcing myself to do it made me get over the fear of doing it.
I managed to land both my runs. I was really happy. They both were solid. Maybe not as clean as I would have liked. But it was still pleasing. Built some confidence going into Calgary just after the New Year.
The points difference is very close so a few tweaks in my run could bump me up a few places. This time last year I was in 35th place. So a year later I have gone up 10 places.
All the guys came up to watch and support. It was cool knowing that you had some support being such a long way from home.
After every event I would give Ben a piggy back down if he came to watch and when I would watch him he would do the same for me.
The next event is on the 2nd of January. And this will be the most important event for me as if I was to do well it would take a lot of pressure off going into the last event. I am after a top 18. 18th was my personal best last year so I am wanting to build on that this season going into the Olympics.
After my run. Happy. Can't you tell?
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
I have been working hard on my run and hopefully I can get a good score if I do my run well. If everything goes well and I get my grabs etc. then the score will come and so will the placing.
I will let you know how it goes!
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
I am waiting for some photos about my most recent contest ( North Face Park and Pipe) and will have a post up about that soon!
Monday, 2 December 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
The past few weeks I have had two article on the Team GB website and also the Evening News. It came as a bit of a shock as I had no idea I that anything was being written. But it is always a nice surprise!
This is the shot they used for the article. Somehow the reporter has managed to spell my name wrong. Cheesy shot used as expected, but gotta love it!! You can read the article online here.
Before the Evening News I had a great article on the GB website. Thankfully the spelling was correct ;)
You can read that also online here.
They are both fairly similar articles. Just on the up coming games and qualifying. But definitely worth the read!
Thursday, 10 October 2013
For the first couple of days it was bad weather which was a shame as I really wanted to get into the training. But thankfully it gave me a chance to get my ski legs back. After those first couple of bad days I started to get my head down. My main focus was the right 900 as it's been a huge weak point in my run. I was pleased when I found out the skiers left wall was the soft one. It took out a big element of fear as it wasn't icy.
I spent a few days just working on this and flat 540's. I was struggling with them though. They kept turning into cork 540's. I found it frustrating but now I know why that happened so I basically learnt a new trick by accident. The next thing I was working on after that was the skiers right wall tricks. My flares and 900's with the idea of doing some 1260's and double flares. I had a good day doing my set up tricks and get the take off's perfect so when the time came I could rip a few bigger tricks.
Unfortunately the weather came in a lot from then. Which made it difficult and a lot more risky to try these big tricks. It was frustrating as I had done a lot of the ground work.
In between all the bad weather we had 1 good day. I knew I wouldn't get another good day so it was straight down to business. I did a lot more right 900's and then went onto the skiers right wall. Did some set up tricks but then unfortunately the weather came in again so it meant my day was over. It was a bit of a ball ache. On the second to last night some of the team went out for a meal at a strange restaurant outside of town. It was the best meal I had in a long time but for some reason there was a camel outside it.
The last day was terrible weather again. I managed to GoPro a run through the pipe but it was not a great day as you couldn't see much. Enjoy!
Monday, 30 September 2013
Monday, 23 September 2013
It was our media training and drug awareness seminars as well as a media day at Chill Factor Snowdome. It was not what I expected at all. I thought it would be a boring few days but turned out it was actually very interesting and quite exciting.
The media training was very interesting to see the lengths that some journalists go to get a story and also what sort of things can get you in trouble on social media. The drugs talk was scary more than anything as I had no idea some of the things we will fail a test for. Things that you wouldn't even think of like Lemsip or Sudafed.
After the drugs talk the team and I got a chance to go to the Manchester Velodrome. It was by far the best experience I have had in a long time. It was amazing to see and it was not what I thought it would be like. It was strange being clipped into pedals without being able to take my foot out. Also being on a fixed gear bike was strange.
It was very tiring and worked completely different muscles than I was used to. It is flat out for only a few laps but it knackers you out. So much fun though.
The next day was the media and press day. It was great fun. Tons of reporters and tv crews were in the snowdome so it was full on. I first had an interview with the BBC doing the green screen style things for the Olympics. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that so I was nervous to begin with but once I got into it I was fine.
Once that was I finished I was straight out onto the slope to do some stuff for Blue Peter. This is was I was most pleased about the whole week. I just got to ski about the slope and hit the rails and jumps and do a small amount of talking into the camera and I got a Blue Peter badge for it.
He was telling us about his experiences and how he coped with them during the Olympics. He was the first ever British Male Snowboarder to reach the Olympics so it is great to know him very well and get his take on things.
Overall it was a great three days and incredibly useful to find out all these little things I was unaware before.
Here is a short clip of me on the channel 4 news. I am the skier in all black with orange skis.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
The Join In program is to help young kids get involved in sport so they asked me to do some tricks for a photographer. I was also with Pam Thorburn who is a Skier X racer and also a Local Hero. It turns out they are doing a newspaper article in the Glasgow Herald. So I had a small interview before skiing.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
I wasn't going into the event very confident as I wasn't feeling 100%. I just wanted to make sure I landed a run and kept my points up as it was another Olympic Qualifying event. My practise went fairly well in the lead up to the competition even though the weather was still overcast and windy.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
The ferry over was a slow 6 hours. But once we were in Lombok it was worth it. We managed to find a skate bowl in the middle of nowhere. God knows who made it. But it interesting to say the least. We turned up and there was a skateboarding dog in it. He was just running along with the board and jumping on. Strange to watch....
Lombok was a weird place. Tons of wild dogs and cows just roaming the streets. They were even in our hotel court yard.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Back to Go Big or Go Home.
It was a really cool format. Since it was a small slope they split it into two Jam sessions for qualification. Skiers and boarders and then a three run final best two runs count. I liked the format in the final because it meant you had to be consistent. You had to be able to do two good tricks to get a score. It wasn't just one trick takes all.
At first I was shockingly bad. I could barely ski as the last time I was on dryslope was November. I couldn't do any tricks. I was shakey and looked like I had just learn to ski. But I managed to get a small amount of practise in and get my legs back and then it was show time.
It was surprisingly busy. People had travelled up from as far as Norwich to compete in this event. It was the most amount of people I have ever seen at Bearsden!
I did the skiers jam session in hope that I had done enough to get through to finals and also use it as a bit more practise so that if I did get through I wasn't out of my league. Thankfully I made it. So I did a few switch backflips and frontflips. Everyone loves a backflip.
Once all the jam sessions had finished, to give the judges some time to tally up scores, the organisers put on a rail contest. It was just spot prizes. So when ever they saw a trick they liked they handed out a prize. It was nothing massive, just maybe a hat or a Tshirt. It was cool though because some of the riders jumped on the microphone to give other people shout outs for doing good tricks.
Then it was finals time. I was really nervous as I didn't want to be beaten by all these young kids who had been killing it all day. I thought I may as well try my hardest to win. My first run in the finals I did a switch 720 tail grab to shifty. On my second run I did a switch 900 japan. Both those tricks are my stock competition tricks for Bearsden. And since I landed them fairly well I thought I would try a switch 1080 japan on my last run. I managed to land that as well. So I landed three from three which was pleasing as I didn't expect to land any. haha.
Luckily I managed to win the over 16's event which was a great result as a lot of the young guys riding at Bearsden are amazing. It is definitely the best event I have been to in the UK at the moment. It's fun. It's not just constant jam sessions as it has runs as well and it is a high level of competition. I would like to say a big thank you to the McCormick family for organising the event. And to Freeze Pro Shop for sponsoring it. It was amazing and I will be going back next year!