Winter Olympics: Sharks still have city in their heart

Sheffield Winter Olympian James Machon is a life member of the Sharks Ski Club: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
Sheffield Winter Olympian James Machon is a life member of the Sharks Ski Club: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.
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The club where Sheffield’s Winter Olympic freestyle skiers James Woods, Katie Summerhayes and James Machon learned to ski is wishing its three most famous members all the best for when the action begins next month.

Sheffield Sharks Ski Club was originally based at Sheffield Ski Village in Parkwood Springs before a fire forced its closure in April 2012.

The club has since relocated to Xscape in Castleford, West Yorkshire, but still has a very strong membership from South Yorkshire.

Club committee member Loretta Marsh told The Star: “The two James’ and Katie are life members of the Sharks so we’re wishing them all the best for the Olympics.

“After the Ski Village closed down we were nomadic for a while and used facilities in Manchester and Derby before finding our new home at Xscape.

“Our heart is still very much in Sheffield though.”

The club, now named simply as the Sharks Ski Club, saw numbers dwindle to 100 members but now has 230, with the core still from Sheffield.

Loretta said: “We have a regular Saturday morning session between 9-11am and regular freestyle sessions.

“There are a number of promising juniors attached to the club who make the podium on the UK circuit.”

Woods, aged 22, will begin his bid to win the X Games title in Aspen, America, today when he takes part in the Slopestyle Elimination round.

He finished third in 2013.