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James Machon

James Machon.

The 24-year-old halfpipe skier, from Castleton, has won the British Championships five times and is a member of the Great Britain squad.

James says: "I represented Great Britain in Ski Halfpipe at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, placing 23rd, after discovering freestyle skiing at the Sheffield Ski Village Freestyle Park when I was six years old, which is where my love for it was sealed.

"I have won just about every halfpipe-related domestic competition there is to win for skiers, including the British Halfpipe Championship, which I have win five times.

"I was the first British skier to ever compete on the Winter Dew Tour and have placed very well in international competitions, such as eighth at the 2015 World Halfpipe Championships, the best result of my career.

"In 2012, I ruptured my Anterior Cruciate ligament which required surgery and then developed a mis-diagnosed infection, which was life threatening and required further knee surgery, meaning for a 12-month recovery.

"Despite this, I successfully returned to the Halfpipe just two months before the 2014 Winter Olympics, only to fracture my thumb during the last Olympic qualifying event, so I had to qualify for Sochi in a cast.

"My aim now is to look towards the next Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018."