By Ryan Bangs in Sochi, Sportsbeat
KESTON snowboarder Aimee Fuller believes her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 is shaping up to be unbelievable and unbeatable – but she’s putting sensibility ahead of stupidity first of all.
Much like Fuller, her snowboard slopestyle discipline is appearing on the Games programme for the first time ever and she’s now sampled the historic course in Russia.
It’s not to everyone’s liking though with Irish snowboarder Seamus O’Connor admitting his concerns over safety after riding at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Monday.
Fuller is in the opposite camp and was lavish in her praise after tasting the course herself, so much so that she is predicting a stunning final the day after the opening ceremony.
She must get there first with qualification taking place in the afternoon of the day before the opening ceremony and Fuller has vowed to ride smartly to ensure a place in the final.
“I think they have done an awesome job. It’s probably the biggest and most exciting slopestyle course in history. I think it’s going to go down with a bang. It’s big,” said Fuller.
“This course is unique in that it has two sizes of jump. I think most of the girls will want to hit the bigger kicked.
“I think as this course is so progressive and huge I think it will be about putting together a clean run. For qualifying I think I will keep it simple. If I get to the final I will go all out.”
Despite Fuller’s laidback attitude, calls for changes to the slopestyle course were made and haven’t gone unnoticed however with the International Olympic Committee acting.
Fuller has only been in Sochi a matter of days but has seen her fair share of drama and she believes it will be hard for snowboard slopestyle to ever replicate the 2014 Games.
“I am blown away by the whole experience. I am so impressed with what they have done in the Olympic Village,” she added.
“The stadium (at the bottom of the slopestyle course) is insane. I don’t think I will ever have snowboarded in an event this big.
“In the last year we have seen a lot of progression. We’re seeing girls doing lots of the same things as the boys.”
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