Freestyler James Machon living Olympic dream in Sochi

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Derbyshire freestyle skier James Machon says he’s living the dream, as he prepares to make his Olympic debut.

The 23-year-old from Hope Valley has been crowned British Halfpipe Champion for four consecutive years since 2008 and has set his sights on adding to that success in Sochi.

It has been a long road, however, full of twists and turns for the former Bamford Primary School pupil who was dealt a cruel blow in October 2012 when he sustained a career threatening injury.

Machon suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament and there were further complications in his recovery which sidelined him from the sport he loved for a year.

But he defied the odds to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and his selection for the Great Britain team was confirmed last month. He flew out with the rest of the squad on February 5.

He will be in action in the Men’s Ski Halfpipe on February 18. Pick up this week’s Derbyshire Times to find out James’ inspiration in going for gold!