Fuller goes big but fails to make Olympic slopestyle final

09 February 2014 / 09:02

Aimee Fuller delivered on her promise to 'go big' - but failed in her bid to make snowboarding's slopestyle final at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Fuller nearly pulled off her trademark double back flip but a slight error on landing meant she ranked ninth in the semi-final, with only the top four progressing to join the eight riders who advanced directly from the qualifiers.

Double X Games champion Jenny Jones will line up for Team GB but Fuller will watch from the sidelines - though she insists her time will still come.

"I laid all my cards down on the table and went for it but it didn't quite work out. I thought I'd go big or go home, it's the Olympics, the biggest contest on earth," she said.

"I'm walking away happy and I've enjoyed my Olympic experience.

"I landed the double back flip but I put my hand down on landing and I had to miss the last jump, that's what cost me."

Fuller's hopes Jamie Nicholls's sixth place in the men's event on Saturday will inspire a new generation to take to the slopes. Slopestyle, a new discipine for Sochi, has been the early hit of the Games, with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray among those hooked watching on television.

"I really hope we've inspired some of the younger generation to stick a snowboard on their feet and have a go. It's a great sport," added Fuller.

"It's the most fun sport and people in the sport are so friendly. It's like travelling around the world with a great big family."

Meanwhile, Jones admits her feeling was relief after progressing to the final, where she'll start the oldest by more than six years.

"I am just chuffed to have made it, it was pretty nerve-wracking having to drop last and then when I realised I had done it, it was good feeling," she said.

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