Dom Harington on the #RoadtoSochi
This year is a huge year for British skiing and snowboarding with team GB having such a strong team and the introduction of the Slopestyle event to the Winter Olympics. Two of our team Treeline riders and regulars in Morzine, Dom Harington and Billy Morgan are both at the top of their games and on course to qualify for the Olympics in February. Treeline are so stoked for both of them and we will be following their progress over the coming months and cheering loudly at a TV in Morzine when they compete over in Sochi this February.
Where in the world are you now and what are you up to?
I’m in London for the next two months where I am doing lots of training in the gym. I have got a TASS scholarship which gives me a strength and conditioning coach as well as loads of physio, so I’m basically on a bit of a Rocky training montage trying to get fit before going into the winter season.
How long have you been snowboarding & how did you get into it?
I first went snowboarding in Aviemore 17 years ago! My brother took me up there for a lesson and then after that, I used to go to the dryslope in Sheffield every week.
When did you first get sponsored?
I got hooked up with silence snowboards back in 1999 I think? Then when Rome started in 2001 I moved onto Rome and I have stayed with them ever since.
Who are your current sponsors?
My biggest sponsor is Animal and its been really cool to ride for them for so long as well. I have had quite a lot of involvement within the brand over the last 10 years. I am also getting sorted out by Rome still, as well as Adidas eyewear and footwear, Skull Candy, Grenade & Dalikfodda – I’m very spoilt.
What’s the best bit about being a pro-snowboarder?
Basically getting to go snowboarding all the time! I’m not sure if I would say I was ‘pro’ anymore but I still am doing it a lot and still loving it!
Where are your favourite spots to snowboard in the world?
I like the states for riding pipes and park but I think Europe is better for freeriding and good terrain. I have done a few seasons in the Portes du Soliel so have had some amazing times riding powder there.
I have lived in Morzine for 2 seasons but often go back to visit friends and go snowboarding. I also have done a couple of seasons in Morgins which links up with Morzine so you can ride the same terrain.
The area of the Porte du Soliel is massive, even after 4 years of riding there I feel like there is so much that I have not discovered yet. Also I like the buzz of the town and have got some good friends who live there.
I had a really good season this year, one of the highlights was visiting Russia for the Olympic test event.
What have you got going on for the rest of this year?
At the moment I am fully committed to competing at the Olympics which are next February, so I will be training pretty hard and just trying to perfect my half pipe run. After the Olympics I am looking forwards to riding some powder!
What does it mean to be part of the GB Freestyle Snowboard Team? What does it involve?
It means a lot to me to be competing at this level. I have always wanted to go the Olympics and I have been working really hard for a really long time to try and get there!
Are you excited for Sochi Olympics 2014?
Yes definitely! I am pretty nervous about it but also feel ready and can’t wait for it to happen.
How have the qualifying events been?
Its been a bit of a battle to be honest but I think I have just about done enough to get my spot. There are still 3 qualifying events left so I am just making sure I am doing everything I can to make those go as well as possible.
I’m in the gym or doing physio exercises but I also have been doing some high diving and trampolining, skateboarding and cycling. Also a few years ago I started studying for an online degree so am spending a lot of time on that.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start snowboarding?
To stay up to date with all Dom’s news & follow him on his journey to Sochi 2014, visit: www.domharington.co.uk
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