All eyes might be on Aimee Fuller at the first competition of the new season, but the Sochi Olympian insists she is not about to get bogged down worrying about results.
The last time Fuller was seen on a snowboard competitively she finished 17th in the slopestyle discipline at the Winter Games in Sochi back in February.
But with eight months having passed the 23-year-old is itching to get back to doing what she knows best, starting with the O‘Neill Pleasure Jam this weekend, a competition that is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Over that decade Fuller has certainly enjoyed moments in the spotlight, boasting two victories as well as a third-place finish last year.
But she is not heading to Dachstein this time around focusing on the podium, adamant that this campaign is all about finding her feet as she immediately turns her attentions to PyeongChang 2018.
“I’m back in competition at the Pleasure Jam in Dachstein,” she said. “I’ve had quite a few good results there; I’ve had a second, two firsts and last year I got a third.
“So the pressure’s on to bring the goods and hopefully get a good result there. I feel like I’ve had a good break, I’ve had some good riding and I’m feeling really strong and fit, so I’m raring to go.
“I’m just going to get out there and get the laps in and see where I’m at. I need to work on a solid base run that will hopefully sit me well for the season in terms of contests and then work towards a more progressive run that will hopefully see me on the podium.
“This year I’m seeing it as a year to build a really solid foundation, work on a variety of tricks, so this year and the next are all about learning and getting some solid results.
“The third season is going to be all about qualifying and the fourth season it’s all about focusing on the Olympics again, so I’ve got a good, clear mental plan in my head about what I’m going to do.”
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