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Ben Kilner: I’ll take risks if I get to Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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January 12, 2014 20:09 pm

Nothing beats wearing that Olympic emblem on your kit, with all it represents. 

Four years ago at Vancouver 2010 I was just a rookie but it’s good to have experienced the Olympic Games before, that will certainly help me if I can secure that selection for Sochi.

The biggest thing are the distractions and all the things that go on around you at a Games. You can easily get caught up in the event and forget the reason that you are there is to compete.

When you are competing, you just need to block it all out and focus. If you stop and look around too much you will see all the people, the cameras, the media and the spotlight and realise what a big event it is. It’s easy to freeze when that happens.

The quality of the men’s halfpipe at the Olympics in Sochi will be ridiculous; it will probably be one of the most competitive events at the entire Games.

It’s a total gamble deciding who will be at the top and who will be at the bottom; it’s so hard to call. You just can’t hold back.

At Vancouver 2010 lots of people just went for it and ended up failing with their runs – but it’s better to have risked it all.

I would much rather land my run at the full potential I possibly can and qualify for the final than not take any risks, land a mediocre run and not qualify.

My riding and confidence has certainly improved and hopefully I can stay injury-free. Having had the experience in Vancouver just makes you more determined.

I want that feeling again, of representing your country, knowing you are part of a select group of athletes at the pinnacle of their sport.