Winter Olympics: James is in dreamland

Sheffield's James Machon. Pic: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
Sheffield's James Machon. Pic: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
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Sheffield Winter Olympian James Machon says he still can’t believe he’s going to Sochi.

Machon, aged 23, will compete for Great Britain in Russia in the ski halfpipe when the Games begin next Friday.

He said: “The official list of athletes was published at 6am on January 22. I woke up as my phone was going crazy with all the Twitter notifications; I received a text from my coach Pat Sharples telling me I had made the Olympic team.

“I still can’t believe it. I knew I had a good chance of making Team GB after the last World Cup in Breckenridge, as I had met all of the criteria.

“I don’t think I will believe it until the Olympics have finished and I’m back at home.”