James ready for Olympics mission

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Freestyle skier James Machon will fulfill a childhood dream today.

The 23-year-old, whose role model is Sheffield superstar Jessica Ennis, is set to make his Olympics debut in the men’s ski halfpipe event.

Machon, from Hope Valley, is bidding to make his mark on the world stage in Sochi.

He said: “It has been my dream to be an Olympian since I was young and I’m now in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”

Four-time British champion Machon, who attended Bamford Primary School, honed his craft at the Sheffield Ski Village.

Great Britain halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire, meanwhile, faces likely withdrawal from her first Olympics after suffering a training accident on Sunday night which left her concussed and with bruises to her face. The Alsager-born 18-year-old was released from hospital yesterday and is recovering at the Athletes’ Village but concerns remain over her ability to be ready for her event, which is due to take place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday.

In a statement, the BOA said: “Her progress will be monitored on a day to day basis as is standard with concussion.”