British freestyle skiing aerials duo Harry Gillam and Lloyd Wallace are both ready for action in China as the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing transforms for winter competition.
Gilliam and Wallace have both pushed up the complexity of their tricks for Olympic season with Beijing acting as the host city for the World Cup leg.
In a first of its kind, the Birds Nest, the 2008 Olympic Stadium, will be filled with a 200-foot scaffolding tower creating a massive jump for athletes.
And the British pair will hope to rise to the occasion with Gillam potentially attempting a double twisting triple somersault while Wallace will perform a triple twisting double somersault.
“It should be unbelievable,” Wallace told the Bath Chronicle. “Apparently they have sold in excess of 50,000 tickets and have huge TV screens for close-ups while we jump.
“It is the first time I’ve been to Asia, and the home crowd are likely to see one of the Chinese on the podium as they are a class team. I’m really excited.
“There are so many excellent teams with great funding, coaching and training programmes. I’ll just be there paying my own way but I’ve been training hard in the gym and I’ll give it my best shot.
“I don’t mind if I don’t qualify for Sochi. I am junior for another two years and hopefully by the time the 2018 Winter Olympics come around I’ll be competitive with the winners.”
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