Sharples excited at prospect of his Sochi 2014 'show-offs'

08 October 2013 / 17:16

British freeski team manager Pat Sharples claims the 2014 Winter Olympics will be a better event with the ‘show-offs’ his sport has to offer.

In 2011 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the addition of the men's and women's ski halfpipe and slopestyle events to the Sochi calendar.

And Sharples believes the likes of Katie Summerhayes and James Woods will vindicate that decision in Russia.

“It’s the first time our sport has ever been included in the Olympics, but I think it’s the best thing that can be happening for the Winter Olympics, it’s a whole new fresh approach,” said Sharples.

“It’s really good for all of our athletes, they want the world to see their talents, they are big show-offs at the end of the day.”

Summerhayes has been suffering with a knee injury but Sharples allayed fears she would be forced to miss out in Sochi.

“Katie is currently doing rehab, she had a bit of a knee injury, so she’s working really hard on her strength and conditioning, but we’re hoping to have her back on skis by the end of October or early November,” he added.

“She’s doing an incredible job, she’s had it really tough over the last six months but she’s just getting on with stuff.

“James Woods came second in the World Cup over in New Zealand and he’s now getting back into training, we’re working on new stuff, new tricks.

“It’s hard to say tricks-wise what they’re going to do, it depends on the course and conditions, you can’t tell until the day of the competition, but in training we’ve got plans and we need to be 100 per cent prepared for Sochi.”

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