Fuller going all out for Sochi spot

24 December 2013 / 15:13

Great Britain slopestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller is determined not to leave anything behind as she continues her quest to secure a place on the team for Sochi 2014.

Although missing out on the slopestyle final of the World Cup event in Colarado last weekend, the 22-year-old’s 11th place was a significant finish in itself.

It means she ticks off one of the all-important top 12 Olympic selection standard finishes she requires to be in contention for the team and leaves her lying 17th overall in the World Cup standings.

The first woman to land a double backflip, Fuller has high hopes for next year’s Winter Olympics and last month received tips from the top at an exclusive training camp in Austria run by two-time Olympic gold medallist Shaun White.

And while setting high standards for herself, the enthusiastic snowboarder knows the hard work will pay off if she makes it to Sochi.

“I tend to be quite gung-ho, it’s often all or nothing with me,” said Fuller.

“When you’re at the start you put this pressure on yourself, you know the standard you’ve set.

“It’s you and no one else — you’re the only one who determines how well you do, you’re the one making the decisions.

“So when you land everything right, it’s pretty much the ultimate. It’s epic, insane.

“The camp was a mixture of working on being more solid but also practising a new trick — a cab double 900.

“No one’s done it in a contest yet. It’s just about getting the right jump on the right day and giving it a go.

“I’ve been to an X Games, which is the pinnacle of the sport, but not the Olympics, which is the other highlight.

“For Sochi, I have to be ranked in the top 24 in the world and the British criteria means you need two top 12s.

“With injuries last season, I haven’t done that so right now the goal is just to qualify for Sochi.” 

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