Snowboarding: Harington voices his approval of Sochi spirit

Dom Harrington.
Dom Harrington.
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Dom Harington’s Winter Olympic challenge may be over but the Leeds lad is still living the dream.

The 29-year-old snowboarder took over a decade to get to the pinnacle of his sport and he’s not letting a disappointing performance spoil his party.

The former Abbey Grange pupil was knocked out of halfpipe qualifying in Sochi on Tuesday but dusted off the snow and headed straight to the BBC commentary box to commentate on a semi-final he missed out on.

“I really enjoyed the commentating, I’d never done it before and I soon realised you have to be concentrating all the time,” said a worldwide traveller who grew up in Bramley and Gipton.

“You think it’s easy but it’s certainly not, you can easily trip over your words.

“It cheered me up after the disappointment of my run. My first run was a disaster; I’ve been doing this 10 years and nothing like that had ever happened.

“I just had to gather myself for the second run and fortunately I did a really good one until right at the last second.”

Harington will stay with Team GB in Sochi all the way through to the closing ceremony next Sunday with all the negative publicity about safety and atmosphere nothing like what Harington has witnessed.

“It’s been an amazing experience just to be part of this team and this Olympics,” he said.

“Security is tight, but they’re friendly and you get used to it.

“The whole atmosphere is fantastic. Everyone’s in the Olympic spirit.”

On his own future, he said: “I’ll definitely still snowboard because that’s all I know how to do. But I don’t know whether I’ve got another Olympic cycle in me with all the falls and bumps that entails in training.”

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