PACKED: Ben qualifies for Sochi
PACKED: Ben qualifies for Sochi

Deeside will have a native son to cheer on at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Russia, starting less than a week from today (Friday).

Ben Kilner, 25 will once again represent Team GB in Snowboard Halfpipe, after his Olympic debut at the Vancouver games in 2010.

The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced last week that 19 skiers and snowboarders were selected for Team GB duty.

The race to make the standard for Team GB nomination and subsequent selection went down to the wire for the British skiers and snowboarders, with Aimee Fuller securing her place on the team with a 5th place at the Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup in Stoneham last weekend, and Chemmy Alcott proving to selectors she was fit, despite her final race before selection being cancelled due to heavy snow.

Sochi sees the introduction of Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle and Ski Halfpipe into the Winter Olympics, three disciplines where the United Kingdom hope to make an impact.

Snowboard Parallel Slalom will also make its debut on the Olympic Programme, but will not feature any Team GB athletes.

Kilner placed 18th in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and hopes to better that performance in Sochi.

Ben said: “I’m thrilled with the way things have gone this season. After what seems to have been a very quick four years since Vancouver 2010 here I am again.

“I am absolutely delighted to have made the team 
again and look forward to putting on a good show for our nation.

“Team GB are sending what I think will be their best and most successful Winter Olympics squad.

“I am really proud to be a part of it and I will do everything my body is capable of doing to make my country proud.”