Sponsors: Volkl, Dare2b
Goals: Winter Olympics 2014, Winter X Games Europe
Highlights: 23rd Winter Olympic Games 2014, Sochi; 4x British Halfpipe Champion; 8th Aspen Open 2012; 20th FIS World Cup, New Zealand 2012; 16th NZ Freeski Open Halfpipe, 2012.
James Machon represented Great Britain as one of two of a new generation of British Ski Halfpipers at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, placing 23rd overall.
He discovered freestyle skiing at the Sheffield Ski Village Freestyle Park when he was 6 years old, which is where his love for freestyle skiing was sealed.
He is a monster on the halfpipe and has won just about every halfpipe-related domestic competition there is to win for skiers, including the British Halfpipe Championship, which he has won an unprecedented four times in a row. He was the first British skier to ever compete on the Winter Dew Tour.
Machon also placed very well in international competitions, such as the FIS World Cup circuit and US Open.
In 2012, Machon ruptured his Anterior Cruciate ligament which required surgery. He developed a mis-diagnosed infection which was life threatening and required further knee surgery, which was a 12 months recovery. Despite this, he successfully returned to the Halfpipe just 2 months before the 2014 Winter Olympics. Machon then fractured his thumb during the last Olympic qualifying event, he qualified for the Olympics in a cast.
Machon now aim's to become Britains first ever Winter Olympic medalist on skis in PyeongChang 2018
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Channel 4′s Keme Nzerem catches up with the GBFreeski team at the Chill Factore to talk freeski, fridges and the future. “The UK could be set for Sochi snow success as a new generation of skiers and snowboarders, the “fridge kids”, train on the latest facilities.” Watch the feature on Channel 4 here
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|2014||Sochi||Russia||Winter Olympic Games||Halfpipe||23||-|
|2013||Aspen||USA||Winter Dew Tour||Halfpipe||25||-|
|2012||Cardrona||New Zealand||World Cup HP||Halfpipe||20||110.00|
|2012||Saas||Switzerland||British HP Champs||Halfpipe||Gold||-|
|2012||Wanaka||New Zealand||Freeski Open||Halfpipe||16th||-|
|2012||Snowbasin||USA||Gatorade Freeflow Finals||Halfpipe||Bronze||-|
|2012||Aspen||USA||Aspen Open HP||Halfpipe||8||-|
|2011||Saas||Switzrland||British HP Champs||Halfpipe||Gold||-|
|2011||Park City||USA||World Ski Champs||Halfpipe||18||130.00|
|2010||Saas||Switzerland||British HP Champs||Halfpipe||Gold||-|
|2010||Copper Mountain||USA||Nor-Am Cup||Halfpipe||45||3.74|
|2009||Saas||Switzerland||British HP Champs||Halfpipe||Gold||-|
|2009||Inawashiro||JPN||World Ski Champs||Halfpipe||17||140.00|
|2009||Les Contamines||FRA||World Cup||Halfpipe||18||130.00|
|2008||Les Contamines||FRA||World Cup||Halfpipe||22||90.00|
|2007||Airolo||SUI||FIS Junior World Ski Championships||Halfpipe||14||64.80|