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Jamie Nicholls gives you full access to the Snowboard events at PyeongChang 2018 | Winter Tales

Jamie Nicholls gives you full access to the Snowboard events at  PyeongChang 2018 | Winter Tales


The Olympics is the dream. Such an honour to represent
your country on one of the biggest sporting events
in the world. If you’re not looking at your
television, now’s the time. 3½ on that one. A true definition of happiness, of friendship, of honour. When you come to the Olympics and see all the different
nations, it dawns on me that I’m lucky
to be in this situation. Just the fact that we’re here
is incredible. It doesn’t happen to all
athletes in the world, so we feel privileged. All eyes are watching
PyeongChang right now. You don’t want to be out there
and just let it go by. You want people to kind of be
talking about you after. (OLYMPIC WINTER TALES. SNOWBOARD:
JAMIE NICHOLLS TEAM GB) I thought you were going to
toe edge then. I tried really hard to get the
Jamaican pin badge this morning, and I bottled it. I’m Jamie Nicholls.
I’m an Olympic snowboarder, and now I’m in PyeongChang. Amazing venues,
such a good place to be, and I’m looking forward to
the Olympics. This is the first training day
at the Olympics. I’m going to do a little
follow-cam with Jamie. He can show you what’s up. Slopestyle has always been my
strongest discipline. I thinks snowboarding in the
Olympics has definitely helped evolve the sport. Not only a difference in the
riding level, but a difference in how the
courses are designed as well. We’ve got so many different
options in this Slopestyle course
in PyeongChang. I’ll try my best and,
hopefully, fingers crossed, I put some good runs down
and maybe, just maybe, get in one of the finals
and maybe get a medal. That would be the icing on
the cake, really. – I grab with that hand mainly.
– Just strap it up. My cousin Katie as well is
coming to the Olympics, and, you know, I support her,
she supports me, and we’re good at riding
together. We get on really well. As part of the journey, you’ve got to put these things
on your nose so you don’t get frostbite. It’s been, like, minus 20
and, to be honest, I’ve got about seven layers on
right now. Loads of thermals
and I’ve got these hand-warmers that I’ve been
putting around my body. So I put them in my chest, I’ve
got them in my pockets here, by my waist. So, we’re at the bottom of
the course, and this is where pretty much everybody does their
board waxing. So I’ll stick my board back in the
GB bit. In fact, where are we? I think I need to be down
there. Oh, no, we’re good. We just walk down here.
Even I’m confused where I am. Ah, hello. Yeah, good. How are you? Is my second board done? Do you
get the edges pretty similar? Cos that’s fresh. It’ll be a little sharper
up here. A little bit sharper up there,
and then… A little bit? But not too much?
That would be sick. Perfect. Thank you so much. I’ll bring my other bindings
tomorrow and then just stick them on.
Cool. Cheers, dude. Thank you. Oh, no… Can I see her? My cousin Katie unfortunately
got injured in practice. That sucks. Can she not carry on? At Sochi, she didn’t make it
because of another injury. She gets through these injuries
and she comes back stronger. Coming to the Olympics and
doing it with your cousin was quite something special, and it
was devastating to obviously not be able to compete with
her at this Games. I was just gutted for her when
she got injured and stuff. Welcome to the Phoenix Snow
Park in PyeongChang for the men’s Slopestyle
qualification heat 1. I never would have even dreamt
of representing my country for snowboarding. Like, that
was just unheard of in the UK. We have dry slopes and indoor
snow centres, it’s just we don’t have
mountains. Jamie, good to go? Jamie Nicholls from
Great Britain. He’ll hope to fare a little
better than his cousin Katie Ormerod, who was ruled
out of these Games in the women’s competition
because of injury. Two-time Olympian,
sixth placed in Sochi. Just barely missed the podium.
He’s a goofy-foot rider. Fast improving as well. That’s off the traditional
Korean roof. Now watch, he needs to be high
on these transitions. Three spins. That’s the 1080. 3½ on that one. Hand drag though. – Yeah.
– It’ll cost you. Jamie Nicholls is going to be
happy with that one. But still, you’re looking at,
right now, sixth is 59.40. That is Sebbe de Buck on that
bubble spot right now. Get well soon, Katie. 71.56. That’s a fifth place. That is a qualification
at the moment. I was hoping for, like,
mid-70s, like 75, 76. You know, I’ll step it up in
my second run. Yeah, at least I get a
second chance. We still have some big hitters,
but, Jamie Nicholls, hope you’re happy with that. 3½ on that, back-to-back 12
for Carlos Garcia-Knight. Wow. He was in the air
for so long then. Oh, my gosh. Huge from Cleveland. Four rotations to 1440 at the
end, the first one of the day. Boom. Jamie Nicholls – big run. He was on the bubble but now
he’s just outside, so he knows. Huge, huge run for the Brit. He knows he can compete at this
level. This is his chance. He needs to beat a 72.6.
Here we go. Goofy-foot rider. Looks good. Seven on that. – Landing?
– Yeah. Good. Two, three spins. Going well here, Nicholls.
High! 3½… – Ohh!
– Oh, deep on the 1260, but he was going for it. He had no choice but to
go for it. He’s having an
unbelievable run. Absolutely massive out there. It’s difficult.
Yeah, it was really difficult. Never mind. It’s how it goes,
isn’t it? Yeah. The wind was swirling all over
the place. It was really hard to gauge
what speed you needed. I felt the wind on my back
going into the second run, and I really wish I had
put a check in. But when you’re just so
in the zone, all you’re thinking about is
getting to the bottom and doing your run,
and, unfortunately, I was gutted I didn’t get to do
the last jump because I was going to step it
up in the end and try the 14. The wind doesn’t affect
you on rails, and it can affect you on jumps. If it’s uphill,
you slow down through the air. If it’s downhill, you going too
big, so trying to judge that while doing all these tricks
is pretty difficult. I definitely need a rest.
My legs are quite tight. Yeah, I’m looking forward to
a day off now. We’re going down to Seoul
because I’m meeting my wife Jen and my sister Sophie, who are coming out to spend the
week with me before Big Air. I’m also going to catch up with
my cousin Katie as well, who unfortunately got injured
in practice a few days ago, but she’ll be back,
she’ll be stronger next time, and I’m sure she’ll be going
for that medal. Have a guess what that means? Two lions. It means I have been
to… ..two Olympics! The ring,
my friend made me the ring. It’s got engraved inside, it says “Jamie Nicholls,
Sochi 2014”, and then I guess I’ll get 2018 added
into the side there somewhere. My sister has never even been
out of Europe, and the first place she’s
coming to is Asia! I can’t wait to see her face. I would never drive here. It looks worse than London. Driving in London is
bad enough. Wow, look at this place. Is that the temple there? Wow. Well, this is different
to the Olympic village. This is a very nice place
to relax. Epic. Often, after snowboarding, especially on a hard
training day, I normally just stretch out,
do some yoga. That’s kind of like my way
of relaxing. It’s kind of a similar place
to this, you know? You come here and sit and just
close your eyes, and it’s just a nice place to
just come and relax. I am such a tourist! Of course I have spoken to
Katie’s mum, and I’m going down to see her
and stuff like that. Katie’s mum really wanted to
come out, but Katie, again, is such a strong person, she’s
like, “No, Mum, I’m fine.” That’s kind of how Katie is. – How are you doing?
– I’m all right. – Aw, good to see you.
– You too. – Are you all right?
– I’m doing all right. – Yeah?
– Yeah. Hurting? Yes, a bit. But I’ve got
painkillers. OK, good. – You’ve got all this up here.
– Yes, is not too bad. When I heard you were going to
Seoul, I was so gutted. I just wanted to come see you. – Thanks.
– You’ve got a load of snacks. – Yeah.
– You’re all set? Nice and cosy. Yeah. It was so nice to see Katie. I’m really proud of how far
she’s come and how brave she is and, obviously, in a hospital
where no-one speaks English very well, it was just nice to
actually see her doing well and recovering, and she’s
getting to go home soon, which made me really happy. And now I am actually going to
meet my wife Jen and my sister Sophie
at the airport. They’ve had a long flight
from London, so I’m really looking forward
to seeing them and spending the week with them and seeing
some events at the Olympic Games. Oh, babe. – Are you OK?
– Yeah. Yeah? Good to see you. I bet you’re both shattered. Yeah, you look pretty tired as well. I know, I’m knackered as well.
I’ve had a long day. I’d been to, like, temples, I went to see Katie and then we
just came here. I’ve not eaten any food,
so I’m a bit hungry. Hopefully there’s some room
service. We’re hungry as well. – Yeah!
– We smell as well. – So can we get changed.
– OK. Let’s do it. Welcome to the Phoenix Snow
Park in PyeongChang, where we are having the biggest
day of halfpipe snowboarding in history. Come on, then. Let’s go. If you’re not looking at your
television, now’s the time. Three big medal contenders
going back to back. I used to ride pipe when I
was younger, but I’d never… It’d just be so hard to get to
a competitive level like this. This man in your picture,
Sochi silver, Ayumu Hirano. – So small.
– Yeah, he’s really young. Nice height entry into
the pipe. Oh, my God. 1440 double cork.
The first 1440. Whoa! No! No way! – The pressure.
– The pressure. – Scotty James.
– This is sick. Come on, Scotty. A big rider, a big name
in the sport, in a frontside 1080. Switch backside 1260. Huge from Scotty James. I think this’ll be a good run. This will be in the 90s,
I think. 92 for Scotty James. He is trying to hide how
happy he is. Yeah, here he goes. Shaun White. Oh, my gosh. Two gold medals, a fourth in Sochi that he
wasn’t happy about… Ohhh! And he goes down there
on the Tomahawk. I’ve got a good feeling he’s
going to go up there and stick that one down next run. 55. And he’s got one more run
to clean it up. These top three just
bowing it out. That’s what it’s going to be. Frontside 1260. I wonder what Shaun is going
to do now. Hirano is leading from
Shaun White. Frontside double
cork 1440 for Shaun. Now into the double twist,
the Tomahawk. Shaun White now with
a frontside double cork 1260. And Shaun White with an
incredible run there. Yes, Shaun. I like waiting for the score. What do you think it’s
going to be? I think it’s gold. 97.2 97? 98? 97.5. Shaun White takes gold in
PyeongChang. That was a sick final.
So good! How old is he? Old! It’s an amazing feeling to drop
into an Olympic event. It’s really hard to explain. Oh, my God. Obviously I don’t know how
Shaun’s feeling because, again, I’d love to win a medal.
That would be amazing. I can’t imagine how it is,
like, after Sochi, getting fourth and coming back
here and working super-hard and then just to lay it all
down today and get gold. It must be such an amazing
feeling, especially now he’s got three
gold medals. I would end on a high after
that. That is incredible. We did it! Sandstorms. Which one’s good? That’s probably hardest. I’ve just got to sit on it
and find a point. It’s been really nice,
after slopestyle a little bit gutted, so it was
just nice to have those five days to just take some time
to kind of like… Not forget it but kind of just
relax, have a nice time, and obviously now
I’m all refreshed, back here in the village
and ready for the Big Air. That stinks. It’s perfect,
is the Olympic Village, because it pretty much
has everything. It’s a good place to be for a
month, that’s for sure. Yeah, I think we will go on
this one. It’s the first time I’ve
been skiing. Whoa! It’s definitely good. I like
the vibe in this apartment. It’s nice.
The Olympic Village is awesome. Everything is just so
convenient. We’ve got a good crew of
people in here. I obviously get on really well
with Billy. Thank you, thank you. Thank
you. We jacked the scooters. Yeah, so there it is.
The Big Air. Yeah, looking forward to it. The Big Air is just one jump. It is such a nice venue here. There’s a gazillion stairs
to go up. So many stairs. We’re off to practise. Yeah, Big Air.
It’s really mellow. It’s not too scary, but feels like a normal jump
on a mountain. It’s not as big as I thought
it would be, but at the same time, you can still do the tricks
that you can do on those big jumps, and it’s just
trying to, like, not overdo it, and try and pace yourself
before qualies. I think he’s in good shape,
you know? It puts him in a good place. Technically, in Big Air,
it’s a specific discipline. He knows he’s perhaps unlikely
to challenge the biggest tricks in the contest,
but that’s not to say that, on his best day, he doesn’t
have what it takes to place well in a
bigger event. He’s shown that time and time
again. That’s the deep spot. If you could measure it today,
that it be great. Yeah. I feel like I’ve got
my triple 14 back, and my cab 14 is more solid
now. I’ve tried a back triple 16. I’ve not landed it yet,
but we’ll see. You never know. We are making history out here
today with the debut of snowboarding with Big Air here at the
Olympics, with some of the best
snowboarders in the world. Let’s do something simple. Maybe a back seven. Jamie Nicholls,
who’ll be first to go. The first one to drop into
Olympic Big Air in men’s, it’s quite cool. Ladies and gentlemen, please
make some noise for Jamie Nicholls. One minute. One minute. You know, you’re up there,
you’re above it all. You can see everything,
all the people, and I’m looking to the sides,
people cheering,. It is an incredible feeling,
but also very nerve-racking. Thank you. All right, Jamie Nicholls is a
goofy-footer, so rides with his right foot
forward naturally, so dropping in switch here. Ooh, and, unfortunately,
Jamie going down there. So, not the start that Jamie
would have wanted, but he has another go at it. The nerves sort of got to me. I took off early on the takeoff
and didn’t have the speed, and it was so overwhelming. Run two, then, in the
qualification heats in the men’s Big Air, and Jamie
Nicholls, with a stumble on his first landing, needs to pull something out of
the bag here. Sixth in the Slopestyle four
years ago in Sochi, here he is in the Big Air.
What can he do? And a cab 1440 there. One, two, three and four full rotations there for the 1440 degrees of
rotation. I chose a cab 14 just because
it was switch to switch, which obviously should be harder
and should get scored higher. And he waits to see his fate. Oh, he’s not going to do it,
81.25. Unfortunately that does not do
it for Jamie Nicholls. I felt like I landed it good,
no hands down. I just don’t know, really. I generally thought a switch 14
would have made it, and obviously it didn’t
work out. It wasn’t meant to be,
obviously. It sucks, but everybody is
riding so well and the standard is so high that, to be honest, to kind of split everyone
apart, it’s so difficult when the
jump’s so good, everybody is landing their
tricks. It’s a hard time for the
judges. It just didn’t happen to be
this time, which is annoying, but, you know, it’s just how
it goes sometimes. Disappointment in the first
heat for Great Britain. We’re now ready to go with
another set of riders, second qualifying heat. You didn’t seem too happy with
the score there. No. I was gutted. Gutted. Clinging onto a qualifying
place, something that his compatriots
failed to do in the first heat, is Billy Morgan,
28 years of age. There’s a huge mix of
personalities and motivations in the team,
and it’s really important, being not just a technical
snowboard coach, but a British
technical snowboard coach, that we don’t have 50 kids to
choose a team of five from, like some of the
bigger nations. We have to get all of our
talented young snowboarders to the top. All right, Billy Morgan,
goofy-footer, on course. One, two, three, four backside
1440 triple cork with the nose grab, landing very far down the
landing there. 95.0. Billy Morgan there will now
compete for a chance to be the first ever Winter Olympic
Big Air champion. Here we are at the first ever
Olympic men’s Big Air final. I’m going to take home a lot of
memories, and good memories as well, as well as some bad
memories, obviously. Representing your country at
the highest level in sport, it’s incredible, and in Sochi, I didn’t quite
realise how big it was. Now we look to Billy Morgan,
two of the elder statesman, if you will, in this crew. One, two, three,
four spins right there. Ohh! It’s up to the judges.
Do they dock him for that? Did he land solid? I’m not quite sure what they’re
going to do with that one. And it’s a 30. He has been penalised there,
Billy Morgan, but, remember, he has two more runs. Four-and-a-half! The 1620. Oh, the Bloody Dracula he
puts in there. If you dig that frontside edge, you’re going straight
to your face. And there we go right there. That’s what he was looking for,
backside triple cork 1440 nose grab. Wow. 82.50. Billy Morgan,
how about that? This is an Olympic final, and it is the third run
of that final. Big method air right there, but it gets you absolutely
no points. Billy Morgan has given himself
a fighting chance with that second run. 82.50. Boy, this could be something. He’s got a fighting chance. Where does Billy Morgan go? Look, he’s getting long in the
tooth, he’s 28 years old. He’ll be 32 in four more years, so you’ve got to think, this is
last opportunity, possibly, I could be wrong, to get
a medal out here at these Olympics Games. I feel like when they take
their time, it’s sometimes a good thing. 85.5! Billy Morgan – third in
this final round in Big Air. 168. Well played some. Max Parrot. Can he become the
main man here, with his third and final jump
in the Big Air final? Oh, over he goes! No! Max Parrot! Oh, wow. Congratulations right there.
It is set. So that means that Sebastien
Toutant is going to come away with a gold, Kyle Mack’s
going to get a silver and Billy Morgan’s going to
come away with the bronze. Yes! Billie Morgan bringing home
the bacon. Bringing home the bronze
for Great Britain. – This is from the crowd.
– Yes. Yay! Well done, mate. Oh, my God. Oh, is this real? Ah! Obviously, we come from a country with no mountains
and… ..it means so much to him
and everybody here. It’s just incredible. It’s… No words. It’s been long, pretty much
a whole month out here in South Korea and PyeongChang,
but I’ve enjoyed it so much. I’m gaining more and more
experience every time. Yeah, Billy. Just looking ahead to the
future and the possibilities of going to another Games after
this one, and what I can take from what lessons I’ve learned
from this Games into the next Games
is really vital, and hopefully I did all
my friends and family and my country proud, and hopefully I’ll get to do
that again at the next one. (OLYMPIC CHANNEL ORIGINAL.
OLYMPIC CHANNEL.COM)

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