British Snowboard athletes to watch ahead of Sochi 2014
January 13, 2014 07:30 am
Great Britain are hoping to send their biggest snowboarding team yet to Sochi 2014, having sent four athletes to the previous two Games in Turin and Vancouver.
Three of the four from Vancouver 2010 – Zoe Gillings, Ben Kilner and Adam McLeish – are still competing while the introduction of slopestyle to the Games programme boosts Britain’s hopes further.
Gillings is bidding to make her third Olympic appearance, matching the record number of Lesley McKenna – now coaching having retired after Vancouver 2010, and finished 15th at Turin 2006 and eighth at Vancouver 2010 in snowboardcross.
Halfpipe specialist Kilner and slalom specialist McLeish are hoping to return for their second Games while two-time X Games slopestyle champion and one-time runner-up Jenny Jones could finally get her chance.
Four years ago Jones won the second of her two X Games titles the month before Vancouver 2010 but, with slopestyle not on the programme, she didn’t compete.
Aimee Fuller, Katie Ormerod, Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls are also bidding to join her in the discipline in Sochi and make their Olympic debuts.
Morgan claimed Britain’s best World Championship finish in the pre-Olympic season as he placed fourth while he also claimed his maiden World Cup podium finish with third at the season closer in Sierra Nevada.
Dom Harington is hopefully of joining Kilner on the halfpipe.