Kilner and Harington fail to progress to halfpipe semis
February 11, 2014 12:53 pm
British snowboarders Ben Kilner and Dom Harington failed in their bid to make the semi-finals of the men's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Kilner, who made his Olympic debut in Vancouver, was disappointed by his performance, with his opening run score of 43.50 ranking him 16th in his heat.
"It didn't quite go how I planned. I was really trying to push it but everything just got the better of me," he admitted.
"I only just kept it together on the first run but the conditions are bumpy and it was tough to hang on.
"I always put a lot of pressure on myself and the nerves were fine. I was in good spirits and tried to enjoy the moment. I'm a bit gutted, to say the least."
Many riders were complaining about the warm conditions, the halfpipe becoming easily rutted and lots of top contenders finding it hard to land their best runs.
But Harington, who finished 20th in his heat with a best score of 20.25, refused to find excuses.
"The conditions are the same for everyone, so you can't complain," he said.
"I didn't do as well as I hoped for. I was really nervous on my first run and my legs were like jelly. The second run was going really well but then I hit a bump and went down and that was it - game over."
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