It’s only a few days before the Turin Winter Olympics starts
and the Snowboard Team GB must be well pleased, with four riders qualifying for Turin.
Not wanting to bore you stupid with the ridicules qualification procedures, but over the last two years riders have been competing, around the world, to get enough points to reach the games.
The women’s team has had great success with Lesley McKenna, putting a nasty injury behind her, to qualify for her second Olympics, in the Half Pipe, after finishing 17th last time out. Canadian born Kate Foster will be joining Lesley in the Half Pipe, while Zoe Gillings form the Isle of Man will be battling it out in the Snowboard Cross.
Dan Wakeham’s a south coast lad will be representing the men in the Half Pipe, after finishing well in the last few world cup events.
All snowboard events are being held in Bardonecchia with the mens halfpipe on Suday 12th Feb, women’s on Monday 13th and the women’s board cross on Friday 17th Feb.
Also lets give a big shout out to Dom Harington and Kate’s older brother James Foster, who both just missed out on enough points to reach Turin, better luck for Vancouver 2010.
We caught up with the team last summer and asked them about their hopes, dreams and football teams.
WSG- What’s your ambition for this Olympics?
Dan Wakeham-I’m not expecting to go to the Olympics and come away with a medal, for me it would be an achievement in its self to compete in the Olympics.
WSG- What’s your biggest interest outside the sport?
Kate Foster-Football….watching and playing.
WSG- Which football team do you support?
WSG- What tunes are you listening to these days?
Dom Harington- The last records I bought was the beastie boys album and the new chemical brothers album. But mostly listening to hip hop.
WSG- Ever owned an all in one ski suit, and if yes, what colors was it?
James Foster-YES I did own one but it was years ago, when I used to ski. It was dark blue with nice green and red stripes on it. AND IT WAS RAD. I was only 7 years old so give me a break!
WSG-What’s your favourite resort and why?
Lesley McKenna-St Foy in France because it is quiet and has some really good free ride terrain. It is also very friendly and helpful.
WSG-Do you think there’s enough help given in this country for people trying to compete in the Olympics?
Zoe Gillings-I think once athletes get to world standard there’s a lot of support but not enough for up and coming youngsters.
To read full interviews please see Olympics in events section.
Sun 12 February 06, Bardonecchia , Italy
Britain's first male to qualify for the half-pipe at the Olympics, Dan, gets 26th place in todays event, narrowly missing out reaching the finals won by the Shaun White