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Welsh Athlete Profiles - Jake Simpson

November 6, 2015

How old were you when you got into snow sports?
I first went skiing at 2 1/2 years old to Scotland - apparently, I don't remember! Then I started up at Plas y Brenin dry ski slope at 3 years old. We went out to the Alps every winter until we moved there. I learned to snowboard at 8 years at my local small ski resort, Grelieres les Neiges.

What prompted you getting involved in snow sports?
My mum and dad took me on skiing holidays and I loved it.

Who was your first coach/instructor?
My mum and dad!

What is your favourite memory from your time in snow sports?
My favourite memory so far is winning the Verbier World Junior Freeride Tour Competition in March this year. Going up onto the stage in front of a lot of people and all the pro riders was amazing.

What are your plans for the future both in snow sports and general life?
I want to be a pro-rider, doing the world circuit and competing at the Olympics hopefully.

What is your biggest achievement in snow sports?
This year I finished 2nd in Europe and 4th in the World in the Junior Freeride world tour. I was 15 years old at the time, and the juniors is under 18 so I am pretty pleased with that result!

What motivates you to get up and go training?
I love learning new tricks and practising them a lot until I get them right.

What would you say to anyone thinking about getting involved in snow sports?
Just go do it, it's a lot of fun!

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