Trickster Haydyn Fiori is firmly focused on landing a place at the Winter Olympics - and he’s on the right track.
The 13-year-old Slopestyle star recently won gold in his age group at the British Freestyle Championships.
Even more impressive was Fiori also became the youngest male to ever record a podium finish in the senior event, finishing second in the overall men’s placings.
The Sprotbrough teenager’s superb performance was made all the more special because he had just returned to the slopes after a eight-month lay-off due to a torn medial ligament.
“I could have stepped it up a bit more,” said Haydyn, reflecting on his second place finish.
“But after landing the switch 900 I told myself to play the rest of the run safe. I knew I had done well up to that point.
“I was pleased with the overall placing but a bit gutted to only lose the overall by two points at the same time.
“James Webb, my England coach, really kept me focused.
‘I know who I need to beat and what I need to do,” he added.
“I am willing to go further than anybody else to reach my goal of one day competing in the Olympics.”
Slopestyle skiing involves negotiating various types of obstacles including rails, boxes and jumps. Athletes are scored for their execution of tricks and fluidity.
The sport debuted as an Olympic event this year at Sochi.
Fiori, a finalist in the Junior Sports Personality of the Year category at last week’s Doncaster Sports Awards, has been earmarked as one of Britain’s best future prospects.
He landed a top 20 finish at the senior British Freestyle Championships aged just 11.
Last June he won his age category at the English Championships and enjoyed more success in Italy on a Team GB youth summer training camp.
It was only upon his return home that Haydyn complained of knee pain and a scan later confirmed he had suffered a partial tear of his medial ligament.
The teenager only returned to the slopes in mid-March and spent two weeks preparing in Austria and France in the build-up to the British Championships.
Pat Sharples, British and Olympic Freeski coach, said: “Haydyn is a big part of the future of British Freestlye skiing, and it’s just amazing to see that all his hard work and dedication towards his sport is paying off.
“The fact he is the youngest male athlete to make the podium in the British Slopestyle Championships says a lot about him, as we have so many talented skiers coming through the ranks.”
Haydyn would like to thank the support and sponsorship he has received from Salomon, Snozone based in Xscape, and BDV Recovery.