James Machon


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Vital Stats

Vital Stats!

Nickname: Mach
Discipline: Halfpipe
D.O.B.: 1990
Hometown: Sheffield
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WWW: jamesmachon.blogspot.co.uk

Sponsors: Volkl, Dare2b
Goals: Winter Olympics 2014, Winter X Games Europe

Highlights: 4x British Halfpipe Champion, 8th Aspen Open 2012, 20th FIS World Cup, New Zealand 2012. 16th NZ Freeski Open Halfpipe, 2012.

James' Biography

I started skiing when I was 6 and I went on family ski holidays every year until I was 14. Then I discovered the Freestyle park at Sheffield Ski Village dryslope and never looked back. Freestyle skiing became addictive and the best sessions were at night when it rained, which increases the speed on dry slope to get the highest amplitude out of the Halfpipe. I also used to watch lots of ski movies which really inspired me to learn new tricks and I did my first 1080 on the dry slope at Sheffield when I was 15 years old.

I had a vision that ski Halfpipe would eventually get into the Olympics and I couldn't wait to compete for Great Britain and find out if I could transfer my skills onto snow. I entered my first British Championships (The Brits) in Switzerland in 2006. Since 2009 I have won the British Halfpipe Championships for four consecutive years which hasn't been achieved before. This was the platform and the start of my international skiing career. World Cups and World Championships have taken me as far as New Zealand, Japan, Canada the US and I've had the opportunity to compete against the best in the World. It was fantastic when Ski Halfpipe was announced to be included in the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, and I am working towards my qualification for TeamGB and a chance to be in the history books.

It is amazing to be an athlete on the newly established GBFreeski team and I'm really excited about the opportunities that might follow after the Olympics. I am very grateful and I thank my Support Team and sponsors.



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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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Recent Results

Year Place Country Category Discipline Result FISPoints
2033 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 Mammoth USA World Cup Halfpipe 25 60.00
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

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