On Wednesday 15th February 2017, the North’s premier visitor attraction, Chill Factore, welcomed Sochi 2014 Olympian and X Games gold medallist, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, and Sochi 2014 Olympian and 2015 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Silver medallist, Katie Summerhayes, to talk about their aspirations for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Woodsy won silver on the ski slopestyle at the World Cup in Quebec last Sunday, scoring a best of 93.80. He hadn’t spent long off the podium as he also achieved a career dream in January, picking up gold in the big ski big air at the X Games in Aspen!
Since learning to ski aged 10, the 25-year-old ski icon has racked up career successes including: winning five consecutive British National Championships in slopestyle between 2007 and 2011; winning three world Cup events since 2013; claiming two bronze medals at the X Games; becoming only the second ever British medallist at World Championship level by claiming silver in Freestyle in 2012-13 season and also in this year, winning the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup for slopestyle.
James Woods told Chill Factore: “The last two competitions have been big ones for me. I have been training hard to execute tricks perfectly and be on top form to compete against the world’s best. To know that my preparation is on track for the next Winter Olympics, it was crucial to bring home medals from Quebec and Aspen. Now, my coach and I will sit down and analyse my performance to see how I can strengthen my technique further - even the tiniest aspects of my skiing.”
“It’s been brilliant to visit Chill Factore and talk to snow sports fans who are passionate about skiing. I love the sport and cherish making a career of it, and to be a role model for future ski stars makes it even better!”
Katie Summerhayes, who also appeared at Chill Factore, took away her first medal when she was just 14 years old, and has since gone on to become the first British female skier to win a medal in a World Cup event in 19 years when she finished second in the slopestyle competition in Silvaplana in 2013, and came 7th in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the skiing slopestyle final.
Since the Olympics she has continued her podium success with a gold medal win in slopestyle at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Italy, and in 2015 she became the first British female to win a World Championship medal in freestyle skiing when she took a silver in the slopestyle at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships.
Katie commented: “I started skiing when I was just six years old by taking lessons at my local dry slope in Sheffield. My family were keen for me to try it out and I quickly fell in love. indoor ski slopes such as Chill Factore, have been a fundamental part of getting me into snow sports and growing my passion for slope style skiing. I am working hard to train now for Pyeongchang and hope to bring home a medal!”
Chill Factore is passionate about developing British snow sports talent and they have launched an initiative to make it easy and accessible for beginners to learn to ski and snowboard. The Guaranteed to Ski / Snowboard campaign, is running on the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK (180 metres), up until 28th February 2017. Beginners at Chill Factore learn to ski/snowboard in just one day for £150. If the participant is not deemed slope ready after their six hours of tuition, Chill Factore instructors will provide an additional lesson of tuition for free click here
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