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2018 Olympics Part Three

I got onto the bus on the morning of the race with butterflies in my stomach. I’d felt like the nervous anticipation that always goes with racing had been getting weaker in the World Cup and World Championship races over the last couple of seasons. Now it was back in...

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2018 Olympics Part Two

We travelled from Seoul to PyeongChang in two full sized coaches, each with their luggage bays crammed full of bags. But with only around 12 of us riding up top we enjoyed chasms of space to stretch out, and the three hours or so of sprawling across seats and armrests...

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2018 Olympics Part One:

TAKE OFF At the end of January the time finally came to travel to Korea for the Olympics, even after four years of focusing on the 2018 Games they still somehow managed to creep up on me! I forked out some money I had saved to upgrade to business class for the flight,...

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Hunting For Sun

A 5am alarm didn’t start me off in the best of moods, but I was cheered up on arrival in Edinburgh by the realisation of how Scottish a Scottish accent sounds (not like the diluted versions you hear on the BBC). And that everyone in Scotland, or Edinburgh at least,...

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End of the Season

We crossed the continent, dipping in and out of each track we passed for some furtive racing before skittering off to the next venue. After our tour of Europe we took an 11 hour slumber jet to Korea for our final race, and first view of the Olympic venue for next...

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The North American Leg

The two races so far have been on two of the most technically challenging tracks that we visit: Whistler with its intimidating speeds and high G corners, and Lake Placid with its aggressive corner transitions and disjointed rhythm. Race #1 Whistler is one of the...

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Photoshoot

I met him down at the push track, expecting to meet a guy with an expensive looking camera who would shoot some pictures over the next hour or so. Instead Sam had a whole Citroen Picasso full of equipment with him, and set this up around the push track to create some...

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BACK IN THE FAST LANE

After the first week of our preseason camp in Lillehammer we have a day off to recover and regroup before hitting the track again in our perpetual pursuit of speed. I’ve taken some of the time off to sit with my laptop on one knee and thesaurus on the other, to expand...

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Starting the Season

We’re starting in Norway this year, which has been a regular preseason venue for the British team in previous years, and fingers crossed after three weeks of throwing ourselves down the track in Lillehammer we’ll have regained some kind of competence in our adopted...

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Summer Lovin’

Most seem to be expecting some elaborate method of imitating sliding, or exotic trips to far away snowy places to get our fix of frigid adrenaline. The closest I get to that in the summer is lying on my sled on the living room floor. It used to be a bit of a shock to...

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