Olympic snowboard star Nicholls ready to inspire the next generation

Team GB snowboard star Jamie Nicholls hit the slopes at The Snow Centre on Thursday to give fans a close-up glimpse of his tricks and flips.

Nicholls, 20, came close to bagging an Olympic medal when he finished sixth in the snowboard slopestyle event at Sochi 2014 and the daredevil has helped to raise the profile of the sport in Britain.

Jamie Nicholls met some of his fans at The Snow Centre on Thursday night after hitting the slopes PNL-140228-140029002

Jamie Nicholls met some of his fans at The Snow Centre on Thursday night after hitting the slopes PNL-140228-140029002

“It felt amazing to be at the Olmypics and it’s a dream come true,” said Nicholls. “It’s the pinnacle of sport.

“I went there and thought if I could make the finals then I would be happy. So to know that if I had landed my second run I would have got a medal shows I’m right up there with the top guys in the world.

“Coming sixth is very good and to know I was that close to a medal just makes me want to go again in four years’ time.

“Instead of my goal being to get to the finals, it’s going to be to get a medal.”

Jamie Nicholls met some of his fans at The Snow Centre on Thursday night after hitting the slopes PNL-140228-140039002

Jamie Nicholls met some of his fans at The Snow Centre on Thursday night after hitting the slopes PNL-140228-140039002

Nicholls is an ambassador for The Snow Centre, and he says he is thrilled to hear that he has inspired a raft of youngsters to take up snowboarding.

“I come to The Snow Centre as often as I can,” said Nicholls. “For kids to have people like me and some of the other GB guys around is great for them because they look up to us.

“I must have had 100,000 messages saying that people were going to start snowboarding because of me, and that’s a great feeling.”

Nicholls is part of the coaching team for The Snow Centre’s newly-launched Ignite Junior Snowboard Club which is looking to unearth new talent and bring more hopefuls through the ranks.

“My role is to help the kids out and show them the road I took to become a professional snowboarder,” he said. “I’m trying the best I can to influence young people and show them the right way to go.”