Sheffield freestyle skier James Machon fulfils Olympics ambition

Great Britain's James Machon in the Men's Ski Halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park  during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games
Great Britain's James Machon in the Men's Ski Halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games
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James Machon failed to make the finals of the first ever Winter Olympics halfpipe final in Sochi yesterday, but there was little sense of disappointment for the 23 year-old. Machon fought back from tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last year to compete and finish 23rd.

“I was out most of last season and it was looking virtually impossible for me to make the Olympics eight months ago,” he said.

“I worked really hard on my rehab and everything’s paid off.”

Machon pulled up in his first run but managed to land his second run without many hitches, which earned him his high score of 52.20.

“It was incredible to land my run here in the Olympics,” he added.

“I had a bit of a technical issue on my first run due to the conditions.

“I’m just really happy to get one down at the Olympics because it means everything.”

Now Machon is setting his sights on more competition and the ultimate goal of another Winter Olympics in South Korea in four years.

“I have got a few more competitions lined up this season so hopefully I can build on this and hopefully everything goes well. I definitely want to go to the next Winter Olympics and hopefully aim for a medal.”