History-maker Morgan in no rush to decide on future plans
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History-maker Morgan in no rush to decide on future plans

03 November 2018 / 13:01
For an Olympic medallist, Billy Morgan is as laid back as it gets but at 29 he knows his 'rubber bones' won't last forever.

So following a draining 12 months that saw him scoop a first Olympic snowboarding bronze on the slopes of PyeongChang, taking a year off certainly seems a worthwhile venture.

But in typical Morgan fashion, his mind is already on what’s next.

If it’s possible for him to be worried then this is likely to be as close to it gets, with life after competition bringing with it a chance to ponder and reflect.
“I do feel a little bit like a kid that’s just finished school and it’s like alright now what,” he admits.

“Haven’t got any GCSEs, just left school, Dad’s moaning at you, what do you do?

“My plan was to take a year off anyway and ride without any competition commitments. I haven’t decided not to go to another Olympics yet, I might go for another one, depending on how I feel in a year's time.

“Luckily I’m in a position now where I don’t really have to make any decisions.”

While time off snow may do him good, Morgan is never one to lose the Olympic buzz – with the next Games in four years’ time certainly not out of the question.
 
For now, however, he can revel in what has gone before.

Earlier this year, Morgan became the second person to win a Winter Olympic snowboard medal for Team GB, four years after Jenny Jones clinched slopestyle bronze in Sochi. 

The 29-year-old’s Big Air success proved a huge moment for both he and the country, providing a feeling he won’t forget in a hurry.

Not that medals were on his mind after a shaky start in the final.

“When I fell on the first run on what was supposed to be my easy trick, it meant I didn’t have two runs to do the harder trick,” he said.

“I thought it was all game over.

“We decided to go with a front side triple which I hadn’t done before. That was the thing that made it such a gamble. It’s not a trick I’d practised.
“We worked out that I had a 25 percent chance that I would land it. It was crazy.

“Even after I landed my two tricks, I was just pumped that I’d landed two tricks. I didn’t think I was going to get a medal until he (Canadian Max Parrot) fell.

“These are the best riders in the world. Someone was bound to kick me out but it just didn’t happen,” he said. “I was lucky that day.”

Despite that huge moment in his career, the bronze medallist has a surprising attitude towards the competitive side of his sport.

Instead his focus is on the enjoyment and progression, as well as the thrill of the chase, becoming the first person to land an '1800 backside quad cork'.

That moment of history is now three years in the past but it’s still one that Morgan looks back on fondly.
He added: “I never really enjoyed the competition part of it. That’s not what I enjoy. I just like personal progression, learning new tricks and landing new stuff.

“Landing that was awesome. It was an amazing feeling and I am still really proud of it. I was the first person to go upside down four times and we didn’t know if it was really possible.

“There are so many different things you can do in snowboarding. I like going upside down lots of times so that’s what I did.”

Talk of “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here!” applications, video projects with Red Bull and future competitions in his own right, Morgan is not short of options and will continue to push boundaries in whatever he does. 

There are exciting times ahead but, whatever the future holds, that feeling of winning an Olympic medal is one he feels may never be eclipsed.  

Sportsbeat 2018