With just three months left until the Winter Olympics hit Sochi in March 2014, we catch up with Olympic halfpipe hopeful Dom Harington and get the low down on his hopes of competing and exactly what’s left for him to do to secure his place.
What kind of training have you been up to in the pre season months?
I got injured back in July so I have been doing tons of rehab and physio work, that means going in the gym and standing on wobble boards, using those elastic bands to do weird exercises and hoping around etc. I just want to be in the best physical condition when I head out to the mountains.
How are you feeling in the run up to Sochi 2014?
Well, I feel pretty nervous! I have spent so much time talking about the Olympics with my family and friends and spent so much time in the gym preparing for these next few months so I am just hoping everything goes to plan! But of course I am excited to get back in the mountains and to start snowboarding again!
What’s left for you to do to help secure your place at Sochi?
I have got 3 more qualification events that are in Finland, USA and Quebec and I have to stay ranked within the worlds top 40. There are other criteria which I have already achieved so its just on the ranking position now.
What’s it like being part of the GB team, has it helped your individual riding?
Travelling around to all the contests can be pretty intense and quite often in a competition you don’t get the practice you want so it’s hard to always be on top form. Not everyone is full time and everyone is on a slightly different schedule depending on what contests you are doing but it is way more organised than it ever has been thanks to help from people
like Lesley McKenna who is now a performance director of SnowSport GB. Our coach Hamish McKnight has helped everyone improve loads and he is stoked on anyone who is trying to progress themselves no matter what their level. When I quit the team for a couple of years I would send Hamish video clips of my tricks so that he could give me advice and I think that helped me massively.
What kind of support have you been getting from you’re sponsors in the run up?
Animal gave me some extra money to get out on this camp http://www.animal.co.uk/blog/dom-harington-in-california/ and they seem pretty stoked on the whole Olympic thing. I’ve missed doing the Animal photo shoots for the last couple of years but I think they understand that I’ve been pretty busy with the GB team. On the other hand my long term sponsor Rome aren’t really too fussed about the Olympics! They just give me shit for being an athlete! But I think that they are happy that I am doing what I really want to do, and I’ll probably get to ride with them more after I’ve stopped all the pipe training and competitions. Adidas eyewear have been sorting me out for years and I might be riding the boots as well.Also I am being supported by treeline chalets and extreme.
Do you have any new tricks in the bag or anything special you’re working on?
The last thing I learnt was a frontside double cork and I would love to get back to back double corks in my run. But realistically I will be just making sure I do a more solid and safer run for these next two contests, quite often I try to do my best tricks and end up falling and get no points, so now I will have to be sensible about these next two comps and just to make sure I can do enough to qualify for Sochi.
What are your ultimate goals for the season?
Well I’ll be over the moon if I make it to Sochi! So the aim is to do that and hopefully not make too much of a tit of my self repping team GB!
Finally, Good luck! Hope you kill it!
Dom is part of the Animal team, you can find out more information on him and the rest of the team at Animal.co.uk