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February 10, 2014
British ski halfpipe champion James Machon is hoping that his Olympic Solidarity Scholarship will help propel him in the rankings as the sport makes its Olympic debut at the 2,014 Winter Games in Sochi.
Machon started freestyle skiing at the Sheffield Ski Village in the UK, an artificial indoor halfpipe. The subsequent road to competing on real snow and an Olympic qualification was not entirely setback-free however. A knee-injury meant that the athlete had to undergo two operations as well as regular physio therapy to get back into training and back on skis. "The IOC believed in me that I could get to the Olympics and that is really encouraging when you are training," he said.