Jamie Nicholls interview

  1. Jamie Nicholls ready to keep working for Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  2. The candidate
  3. Jamie Nicholls Interview
  4. Jamie Nicholls announces candidacy for Hudson mayoralty
  6. JAMIE NICHOLLS, British Slopestyle Snowboarder, 21, who represented GB at Sochi, finishing 6th in the Men's Slopestyle Final. In the lift (when he's not jumping over one) with Phoebe Comber..
  7. Olympian Jamie Nicholls Talks PyeongChang 2018
  8. How does it feel to have competed at two Winter Olympic Games?
  9. How do you feel PyeongChang 2018 went?
  10. What does your team mate, Billy Morgan's bronze medal win in Big Air mean for the future of British snowboarding?
  11. What's next for Jamie Nicholls?
  12. What would you say to any youngsters considering a career in snowboarding?
  13. Jamie Nicholls interview
  14. How did it feel to give your country such a great start at the Winter Olympics with a good showing in the first snowboard event?
  15. Did you expect to do so well at your first Games considering the level of competition? 
  16. Were you disappointed to not be competing alongside Shaun White or did you see it as a boost to your chances?
  17. Has riding in the Olympics improved your snowboarding? 
  18. Would you say Sochi has the best standard of snowboarding you’ve ever seen?  
  19. Were the two 14s you did planned or did that move come as a result of the standard of competition? 
  20. Do you do any specific muscle or cardio work in training, or is it all pretty much board practice?
  21. A tough question for any snowboarder – what’s your number one boarding destination? 
  22. What do you think your achievements at Sochi have done for British snowboarding? And what’s a realistic target for the British freestyle snowboard team at the next Winter Olympics? 
  23. Jamie Nicholls – the first male British snowboarder to win gold at a World Cup event

Jamie Nicholls ready to keep working for Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Jamie Nicholls interview

When Nicholls met constituents in 2011, he often did so by riding his bicycle to as many events and neighbourhood canvasing sessions as possible. Nicholls is doing the same thing in 2015, and on the same bicycle.

“I keep my bike at my campaign office in Vaudreuil-Dorion and get out on it about three times a week,” Nicholls said during an interview this week.

The candidate feels his campaign is going well.

“It feels it does when I’m working. I’m going to a lot of events and going door-to-door talking to people,” Nicholls noted.

And while he does monitor the polls, which show the three main parties in a neck and neck race, Nicholls thinks the best way to gauge his own effectiveness, as well as that of his party, is “at the doorstep, how people react.”

“Polls go up and they go down.. if you look at past results no one expected in 2011 that we would do so well in Quebec, but we did,” he said.  Nicholls is committed to running a positive campaign and is looking forward to participating in two debates, one in English and another in French, hosted by Viva Media,  taking place on Oct. 1, and Oct 7 respectively.

Nicholls additionally answered the following questions about his platform and personal beliefs:

Q: If you were to grade yourself how you’ve represented the region to date, what grade would you earn?

A: I think its up to the electors to answer how well I did.

I have worked very vigorously for the riding on things train safety, pipeline safety…so in that sense I’m very involved but I would prefer to leave it up to them to judge how well I did.

I have loved serving the citizens of this region over the last four years. My family has lived here for 40 years… it’s an exciting time for whole region. I’m glad I’ve been a part of that.

Q: What has been the most challenging part about representing Vaudreuil-Soulanges thus far?

A: It is a very large region, 23 municipalities with a mix of urban and very rural areas, so the needs from one side to other were a little different. We have people struggling with farms in the western part of the riding and in the eastern part a lot of new developments.

The pace of development isn’t always at the same pace as building the infrastructure to support the development so that has caused some headaches in the eastern part. And one challenge in being in opposition is we did make proposals on things national public transit strategies that would have benefitted the region and they were rejected at committee and in the house.

There’s a level of frustration to see them rejected just because they come from another party.

Q: Why do you want to continue representing Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Ottawa?

A: My interest in the environment in this region comes from a very real place. I grew up in Saint Lazare. When we first lived there it really was mostly all forests, now people need places to live of course, but my main interest is promoting economic sustainability.

Development can be done in a haphazard way, you can just plop houses down but I’ve  dedicated my life to trying to make development happen in sustainable ways.

How can we develop in green ways and provide incentives to do that while protecting our lakes and rivers?

Q: What do you feel are the most important issues currently facing the region?

A: For me water preservation is a crucial issue. We’ve grown quickly, we’re crossed by highways, three or four pipelines and all the commercial rail lines. We need regulations to protect our rivers and lakes. Citizens living around the rail lines need protection.

We’ve seen in the past 25 years a hollowing those regulations and a movement to self policing in terms of safety from the companies. We have to change that.  People want good local job close to home, they want the economic well-being of their family to be ok.

We’re not going to raise taxes on anyone, we’re going to drop the small business tax rate from 11-percent to nine, which will help the majority of businesses in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.  As a father of two, I always hope things will be better for my two children.

I live with an actress and we have income disparity. any middle class family we worry.

Q: What is your stance on the pipeline project?

A: At this point we can’t approve a project without changes to the environmental assessment process. These things should have been in place by now.

Q: Vaudreuil-Soulanges has a large elderly population, what needs to be done for them?

A: I simply don’t think any seniors should live in poverty. We have a $4 million Guaranteed Income Supplement and any senior will get a top-up so they’re not living under the poverty line. These people contributed all their life and they shouldn’t spend the last third of life worrying if they have enough food.

Q: What do you want voters to know about you?

A: Yes, I’ve represented them during the last four years as a politician and member of parliament, but I would also want for them to know that I’m a father. I understand the needs parents have in the region.

I was a landscape architect and a planner. I understand at a macro level how to make changes to help create a more sustainable region. I’m passionate about hearing their stories.

I’m there to listen and take their messages to Ottawa rather than just blindly following the party program.

Q: What is your response to voter apathy and cynicism?

A: I think part of the reason we’ve gotten here with cynicism is there has been a lot of negative campaigns. I pledge to run a positive campaign.

Voters have seen 148 years of the same two parties that come in promising the sky and end up in scandal.

We hope the Canadian electorate will put their trust in us and that their cynicism will go away as they see a government that does what it promises to do.

The candidate

Nicholls, 43, has served as the NDP critic for energy and natural resources, transportation and infrastructure, and official languages. He has supported the Train de l’Ouest project during his time in office, and is credited with helping convince the federal government to commit to the construction of a new Champlain Bridge, among other things. Nicholls remarried during his mandate.

He has one child with his first wife, and two month old daughter with his second wife,  Amanda MacDonald. The couple are expecting another baby this year. Nicholls, who grew up in Saint Lazare, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, as well as a Masters in Landscape Architecture. He began his career as a teacher and an artist. He later worked in landscape architecture and regional planning.

Source: https://www.viva-media.ca/en/the-southwest-voice/news-sv/politics-sv/federal-politics-sv/jamie-nicholls-ready-to-keep-working-for-vaudreuil-soulanges/

Jamie Nicholls Interview

Jamie Nicholls interview

Snow.Guide (SG) – From an early age you were penned as a potential British star in snowboarding, did you feel any pressure because of this?

Jamie Nicholls (JN) – No, not at all.  When I was young and started snowboarding I obviously didn’t think it would ever get me to where I am today.  I was seven years old when I started and it was just a hobby that I did with my family.

  I snowboarded every day of the week except Sundays as my mum insisted that was a family day (laughs).

  I have never really felt any pressure until just before the Olympics when I thought ‘Oh my God, the whole world will be watching!’

SG – It is well documented that you cut your teeth at grass roots level on dry slopes. Do you still see dry slopes playing a vital role in the development of the next generation of snowboarders and skiers?

JN – Yeah, off course!  There is no reason why not.  Most of the athletes today Jenny Jones, me, Aimee (Fuller), we all have been riding dry slopes.  I started on the Halifax Ski and Snowboard Centre and I think that dry slopes still play a big part in the industry in the UK.

“I do have a massive project planned that will be based in the UK. It is going to be hard to do, but I can’t reveal anything yet!”

SG – It has been reported that since Sochi there has been a rise in attendance at the indoor snow centres, being practically a resident at Hemel, have you noticed this?

JN – I have seen it a hundred percent!  I became an ambassador at the snow centre in Hemel Hempstead and since doing so, I have noticed more kids being involved and way more people going down.

You should see it there at a weekend; it is hectic!  They are full to capacity on almost all the freestyle nights and there is such a good vibe.  The Snow Centre do a good job setting up the right things for the kids for learning new tricks.

  It is such a great environment and I am so pleased to be a part of that.

SG – Do you think this is just a Honeymoon period from the success of the Olympics or do you think the popularity can be sustained?

It is really hard because you can see it has had such a big effect on Skiing and Snowboarding in the UK, especially with Jenny Jones getting a medal.  Everyone is really enjoying it and loving the sport but I don’t know if that will last.  I think the wave of popularity can at least last till the next Olympics; I think snowboarding is recognised, finally!

SG – What do you think we can do in this country to attract more people to snowboarding?

JN – I think places the Snow Centre in Hemel are doing a really good job to make sure they have the right things in place for the right type of person. For example, if you are young and want to get into Freeestyle they have snowboard camps Ignite.  They have all these activities for the kids to do after school and this is good for the future of the industry.

SG – Your film ‘Forged In Steel’ was released recently and was well received, do have any plans for any more big feature movies?

JN – We actually decided to do ‘Forged In Steel’ immediately after the Olympics to show how I grew up and where I came from.  Hopefully it will inspire other kids to do the same thing.

  It was also good to look back on the Olympics because it is not really shown anymore and it is really hard to get hold of that footage.  We even tried to get the run that I did in the film but it was just too expensive to buy.

I do have a massive project planned that will be based in the UK. It is going to be hard to do, but I can’t reveal anything yet!

SG – What is your favourite snowboarding film of all time?

JN – I have many!  I really enjoyed watching the ‘Grindhouse’ film this year because the guys are from the UK and are all my friends.

  It is good to see the two different sides of snowboarding in the UK portrayed as you have riders Will Smith and Andy Nudds putting out really good video parts in a good UK movie, then the other guys who are doing the Olympics.

  It was good seeing snowboarding represented on all sides so I enjoyed watching the movie.

SF – After the intense build up and training for the Olympics last season, what plans do you have for this season?

JN – I am going to Austria next week and doing a few rail comps this year. I am going back out to Tokyo for the Burton Rail Days, and a huge filming project that I want to get done and is top of my list.  Just need to get the funding!

Jamie Nicholls interview by Mark Barber
date: 27/10/2014

Source: http://snow.guide/jamie-nicholls-interview/

Jamie Nicholls announces candidacy for Hudson mayoralty

Jamie Nicholls interview


With municipal elections seven months away, former NDP MP Jamie Nicholls is the first to announce his candidacy for the position of mayor of Hudson.

Following a stint in federal politics as the National Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Hudson native Jamie Nicholls has announced he will throw his hat into the political ring at the municipal level as a candidate for mayor in the November elections.

“I think Hudson is a great place to live and part of the reason I’m doing this is to take the actions that need to be taken in order to preserve the beautiful little corner of the world that we have,” Nicholls told Your Local Journal this week in a sit-down interview.

When asked how he could fix some of the monumental obstacles that faced previous administrations, Nicholls said he would not waste any time in pointing fingers backwards.

“In order to fix things, we have to move forwards,” he said with a caveat that fixing doesn’t always mean preservation – it can mean an evolution to something different.


Using Pine Lake as an example, Nicholls acknowledged there are currently six potential outcome scenarios for the man-made lake as determined by a committee report but said the ideal fix is whatever’s best in the context of the Viviry River, suggesting a constructive wetland, including oxygenating aquatic vegetation and waterfowl.

“The pond would clean the water before it goes downstream,” he said as opposed to its previous iteration in amassing silt. “I look at Pine Lake and Sandy Beach as an integrated whole to the Viviry River. One of my number one priorities is our water resources.”

Nicholls said he’s open to evaluating the cost of extending the water infrastructure to the western portion of the town but is currently more concerned with potable water supply and maintaining the health of the aquafer. “At this point, demand is outpacing supply, which is why the town is looking for a new well and why, during the summer, we have watering restrictions.”

Stakeholder feedback

“My plan is in the first 90 days, to assemble the stakeholders in Hudson to talk about the future of the town,” Nicholls said, citing experience in British Columbia planning the Greater Vancouver Region with myriad levels of government. “Each level of government has a policy and sometimes when you filter down, there’s a contradiction in policy. Those contradictions need to be worked out at the local level.”

Growth of the town is subject to regulations and guidelines from the Plan Métropolitain d’aménagement et de Développement (PMAD) and Nicholls advocates using a ‘charette’ model of planning and resolution, including all levels of government and citizens in discussions to avoid conflict and work together to find solutions.


Besides the much needed repaving on many Hudson roads, Nicholls said infrastructure issues, including safe sidewalks in the centre of town, need to be addressed. “We require safety for every mode of transportation – for cars, pedestrians, and bicycles.”

Extensive traffic near the Hudson/Oka Ferry also requires attention as, citing full disclosure, Nicholls said some of his extended family members live in the vicinity.

“I’m familiar with the district and it needs to be considered. It used to be more of a commercial hub but any changes need citizen feedback. People who have something to say about the town should be listened to.”

Nicholls said there should be a ‘public memory’ of topics raised by residents.

“I would to see that, in between council meetings, district councillors actually meet with citizens in their respective district,” he said.

Nicholls says he’s not fazed by some of the hostility that can accompany municipal politics.

“Every organization goes through that kind of criticism,” he said. “We’re talking about people’s living space and it’s very direct and visceral to them.” He continued, recognizing the effect on residents’ livelihood and wanting to see a good return on their taxation investment. “I understand people are passionate about it and don’t want to see waste and inefficiency.”

Current governance

Nicholls is first to make the announcement, and though current Mayor Ed Prévost acknowledges some health issues over the past year, he has not ruled out running for a second term.

“When I took this on four years ago, in my mind it was at least going to be eight years or more. That’s what the town requires.” Prévost said his concern with any candidate elected is that he or she maintains the direction outlined in the strategic plan.

“If not, then we’re back to square-one, and that could be the equivalent of a town being under tutelage.”

Clean slate

With a Master of Landscape Architecture and in the final stages of a PhD thesis in Urban Planning, Nicholls is opting to run without a full slate council candidate.

“The idea is I want to work with anybody who gets elected as a councillor,” he said. “With a population of 5000, I believe we’re too small to get into factions.

“I love this region and I love my town,” he said. “I want to see it healed.”

Source: https://www.yourlocaljournal.ca/single-post/2017/04/27/Jamie-Nicholls-announces-candidacy-for-Hudson-mayoralty


Jamie Nicholls interview

Where (fave resort):  Mammoth, California

Wearing (fave kit):   Vans boots, black skinny Roxy pants, goggles and Valley hoody jacket, Red Bull helmet


What has been the highlight of your riding career?

Probably walking into the opening ceremony in Sochi; that just really brought it all home. It was woah snowboarding for fun, this has kind of changed now.

What's your favourite track to ride to?

Timber by Pitball and Kesha. In the lead up to the Olympics we had the funniest time dancing to that song on the way up the mountain, I have just got good memories from that song.

Snowboard pants, baggy or skinny?

Skinny, hands down

Where would we find you on a rest day in the mountains? What would you be doing?

Probably cruising with The Jones (Jenny) to some sort of posh coffee shop to get some sort of healthy juice drink. Or on a mission to find a nice breakfast or making some healthy pancakes. I my good food.

What has been your scariest riding moment to date?

Catching my edge on a kicker.. no no no doing a backflip but doing it too slowly and landing on my stomach on a 20m  jump a penguin sliding down the landing,  It was more scary than painful, It was just a complete shock.

Do you have a philosophy, ritual or lucky charm?

I'm pretty bad for rituals and things, I have lucky socks, I have to sleep in my competition bib and, everytime I go away, my mum writes me a little note and she puts it somewhere, so it will be in my snowboard bag pocket, or in a glove and I'll find it.

So many times I have dropped this note and people have been 'ahah' and they think it’s a love note; so it's pretty funny.

Food-wise what's your guilty pleasure?

Oh God, in America I love a sweet potato burrito; that’s really good. Or some nachos from a Mexican joint. When I'm in the mountains and cooking, I love just making real nice pancakes. I'm obsessed with nut butter and I, , spread it on pretty much everything; it's better than peanut butter.  Also, blueberry, banana, greek yoghurt. I could do with that right now actually.

What would be your superpower?

I would be invincible, because then I could just do anything, I could fly if I wanted to because I wouldn’t die. I could throw myself off kickers and I wouldn’t get hurt.

Describe your style of riding?

I'd say it's quite progressive; fast. Sometimes I need to slow down a little bit, but I the ‘go big or go home’ attitude. Progressive and aggressive.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I would to see myself sitting in the same position in one piece after having completed another Olympics. And, in 10 years, I’d to be presenting Ski Sunday.

JAMIE NICHOLLS, British Slopestyle Snowboarder, 21, who represented GB at Sochi, finishing 6th in the Men's Slopestyle Final. In the lift (when he's not jumping over one) with Phoebe Comber..

Where (fave resort):  Mayrhofen, Austria.

Wearing (fave kit): I'm normally riding in a hoodie, my Nike boots, my Salomon snowboard, Salomon bindings, my Sandbox helmet,  Nike goggles, got my gloves on.


What has been the highlight of your riding career? 

Well, getting to the Olympics was pretty big; a new experience that’s for sure. I really enjoyed it;  it was one of those things where I didn’t really know what to expect till I got there. But, yeah, it was actually quite chilled to be honest.

 We were kept in the Olympic village, which was very quiet – just the athletes, no media were allowed in so you didn’t feel you were getting attacked by people, you know? Obviously when you go to compete it's just a whole new experience, so it was really good.

What's your favourite track to ride to?

I really listening to chilled music;   not too heavy.   Ben Howard,  Wiz Khalifa, really chilled out music

Snowboard pants, baggy or skinny? 

Skinny. Well, you don’t wear baggy jeans in the street do ya?

Where would we find you on a rest day in the mountains? What would you be doing?

I would probably be just chilling out, Probably go to the gym or for a run, something that. Play a bit of football or go skateboarding.  If I'm really tired I'll just chill at home, watch TV or something.

 During The Olympics I did a lot of drawing, Also, I took my ukulele with me and was just messing about on that, I mean when you are actually there, there is not much else to do other than eat and stay in your room, I guess, and practice when you needed to.

Just drawing, sleeping and eating; saving my energy for when I was on the course.

What has been your scariest riding moment to date?

I think when  I overshot a hit; a hit is a big jump when you are landing on the side. So I overshot that completely and nearly blew my ACL.

 I remember being up in the air and just thinking I had gone too big and I had to think about what I was going to do to get it, so I did a roll at the end.  But I thought I had blown my knee.

In fact, from the height I was at, I thought I was going to do my back in as well, so it was quite scary at that point up in the air. That was filming in America.

Do you have a philosophy, ritual or lucky charm? 

No, I'm not really into that stuff. I try to listen to a bit of chilled music before I go ride. Actually, I always touch wood for some reason, So you know when you are ‘ I hope I don’t hurt myself, touch wood’. That kind of thing.

Food-wise what's your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate cake, melted. Or apple crumble, as well. That’s a big one. Or apple strudel, sticky toffee pudding, I can cook that pretty good. That reminds me of home when you go to your gran's for Sunday dinner.

What would be your superpower?

I don’t think I would want a superpower, I wouldn’t really care.

Describe your style of riding?

My style of riding is probably quite chilled. When I ride I probably don’t look I try very hard.  Kind of relaxed, effortless, lazy style.

 Where do you see yourself in five years?

Probably two times Olympian in five years time, having done many successful filming projects. I want to do a film project that gets more than a million views.

Source: https://www.stylealtitude.com/pro-riders-interviews.html

Olympian Jamie Nicholls Talks PyeongChang 2018

Jamie Nicholls interview

After competing in his 2nd Olympics, The Snow Centre’s ambassador, Jamie Nicholls shares his thoughts on the 2018 winter games. PyeongChang 2018, South Korea took place over February, and saw team mate, Billy Morgan take a bronze in Big Air, and freestyle skier, Izzy Atkins also land a spot on the podium.

Meanwhile, Jamie (above right) competed in two events, Slopestyle and Big Air, but found himself missing out on a place in the finals following what GB Park & Pipe called ‘some suspect judging.’ Jamie shares what the last few week’s disappointment has meant for him…

How does it feel to have competed at two Winter Olympic Games?

“It’s been amazing to represent Team GB at my 2nd Winter Olympic Games. Obviously, the games didn’t go as I had planned, and with Slopestyle being my main event, I was surprised at the score the judges gave me. That’s the way it goes sometimes though, and it’s only made me want it more for next time.”

How do you feel PyeongChang 2018 went?

“As a team, we did really well, and across Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding we picked up double the medals we did at Sochi 2014. For me personally, it wasn’t a great success. I put a safe run down in Slopestyle that I thought would get me into the finals, but it didn’t. Next time I’m going to go all in with my biggest and best.”

Your cousin and Big Air medal hope, snowboarder, Katie Ormerod had an accident during the Olympic practice which meant she had to leave the competition, what was that ?

“It was awful, Katie and I have grown up snowboarding together, and she’s 4 years younger than me, so watching her go through that was pretty awful. The day before she had broken her wrist and then I watched her drop into the rails at Slopestyle practice and slip off the rail and brake her heel. It was awful, she was in a lot of pain.”

What does your team mate, Billy Morgan's bronze medal win in Big Air mean for the future of British snowboarding?

“It’s a great thing for British snowboarding. Slopestyle and Big Air are the kind of snowsports we can prepare British kids to compete in at indoor slopes and dry slopes in the UK.

I started out riding every week at Halifax dry slope and now I train at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead in the summer.

So, hopefully, Billy’s medal win will inspire other kids to get involved and start snowboarding regularly at their local slope.”

What's next for Jamie Nicholls?

“This Olympics has been a big learning curve for me. I failed to get the result I wanted this time, but I’m taking everything I’ve learnt on board. Over the next 4 years hopefully you’ll see me, enjoying the next stage of this adventure and achieving more in Beijing 2022.”

What would you say to any youngsters considering a career in snowboarding?

“Head down to your local slope, have fun and just keep snowboarding. The best goals and dreams come from a love of doing something, so as long as you’re having fun on your board you’re on the right track.”

Source: https://www.thesnowcentre.com/snowsure/news/olympian-jamie-nicholls-talks-pyeongchang-2018

Jamie Nicholls interview

Jamie Nicholls interview

Although he’s barely his teens, Jamie Nicholls is widely considered to be one of the most talented snowboarders to come the UK.

His combination of youthful fearlessness, finely honed skill and boundless enthusiasm made him Britain’s boarder to watch at the Winter Olympics.

With just one bronze medal Britain hasn’t had a great deal of Olympic snowboarding success, but Nicholls’s successful landing of the Cab 1440 move in the slopestyle snowboarding final at Sochi announced his arrival on the world stage and marked him as one to watch. 

After finishing in a highly creditable sixth place Nicholls is only looking upwards. He speaks to MF about his Olympic performance, Shaun White and his ambitions for the future. 

How did it feel to give your country such a great start at the Winter Olympics with a good showing in the first snowboard event?

It was amazing! When I landed my first run, which would have probably got me to the finals in any other competition, and it only ranked me 11th I realised the level of competition I was up against and I knew I had to step up.

That was when I added the Cab 1440 in on my second run. When I got to the bottom I was pretty happy because I’d never landed that trick before. When the scores came up and I got moved up to fourth it really was the best feeling.


Did you expect to do so well at your first Games considering the level of competition? 

I knew I could do well I just had to step it up. I had the tricks, I just hadn’t used them in a competition before. I knew the standard was going to be high but I just wanted to go there and give it my best shot, which I think I did. 

Were you disappointed to not be competing alongside Shaun White or did you see it as a boost to your chances?

It’s a shame Shaun didn’t compete – he is one of the best in the world without doubt. I’m sure he had his reasons not to compete, but it would’ve been great to see him on his board amongst that field of riders.

Has riding in the Olympics improved your snowboarding? 

I would say at competition level it’s improved a lot and my runs have reached a higher level now. I guess it’s just been a massive confidence boost more than anything. 

Would you say Sochi has the best standard of snowboarding you’ve ever seen?  

Definitely. It was crazy out there – we were all at the top watching on the screen in amazement. The tricks going down that day hadn’t even been done in competition before so it was for sure the highest standard contest there had ever been. 

Were the two 14s you did planned or did that move come as a result of the standard of competition? 

As the result of the competition. I’m sure that happened with a lot of people. It only takes one person to set the bar and then everyone else has to go for it. 

Do you do any specific muscle or cardio work in training, or is it all pretty much board practice?

In summer I do a lot of gym work, especially on my legs because I need to keep them strong in order to protect my knees. I also Climb a lot too which helps to keep my upper body strong. Core strength is really important too.

A tough question for any snowboarder – what’s your number one boarding destination? 

Damn, yeah, that is hard. I could say loads but if I had to choose it’d be Zillertal [in Austria]. The whole area is amazing, including Mayrhofen. 

What do you think your achievements at Sochi have done for British snowboarding? And what’s a realistic target for the British freestyle snowboard team at the next Winter Olympics? 

I think that the whole team made a difference. We all did so well and for British snowboarding it means a lot. Regarding the next Winter Games, hopefully more people in the Olympics and more medals. We had four spots in men’s but only two guys went so we could potentially have more riders there and more medals. I can’t wait for the next one.

Jamie Nicholls’ upcoming TV show will give viewers an insight into his life, from growing up in Yorkshire and learning on dry slopes to becoming the world renowned rider that he is today. It starts on Sky in September.


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Source: https://www.coachmag.co.uk/lifestyle/3605/jamie-nicholls-interview

Jamie Nicholls – the first male British snowboarder to win gold at a World Cup event

Jamie Nicholls interview

In March this year Jamie Nicholls became the first male British snowboarder ever to win an FIS (International Ski Federation) World Cup event.

The GB Park and Pipe athlete claimed first place in the last round of this season’s World Cup series at the Audi Snowjam in the Czech Republic – boosting him up the FIS rankings to be named fifth best snowboarder, in the slopestyle men category, in the world.

Jamie claimed first place with a score of 87.14, just 0.01 points ahead of Chris Corning from the USA. His team mate Billy Morgan, who won bronze at the X Games recently, came third in the Czech Republic with a score of 84.91.

Jamie became a household name during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, when the 22-year-old snowboarder from Bradford finished sixth in the slopestyle contest.

Jamie competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics

His recent landmark win will give Jamie plenty of confidence as he and the rest of the British ski and snowboard athletes continue their preparation for the next Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018.

After four solid weeks of competing around the world, this week Jamie is out in Laax, Switzerland for his final week of the season at The Brits freestyle competition. Telegraph Ski and Snowboard is out in resort with the athletes reporting on all the behind the scenes action, follow us on and for exclusive interviews and footage from the competition.

Congratulations on winning gold at the FIS World Cup in the Czech Republic. How does it feel to be the first male British snowboarder to achieve a World Cup win?

I didn’t even know I was the first until a few days later – it made it all the more crazy. I saw the announcement from Team GB and thought ‘surely not!’ but then I got a phone call confirming it. It’s a pretty cool achievement.

If I was going to win any of the rounds this season I felt it was going to be the one in the Czech Republic. The week before I was at Spring Battle in Flachau, Austria, and I wanted to be in the top three. But I only made fourth place in Flachau, so I'm happy to have made the top of the podium for the final FIS round of the season.

What made it a winning run?

I did a lot of hard, technical rail tricks, starting off with a switch 180 on to the first rail and backside 360 off with a tail grab.

The judges score each feature individually, noting your best trick on each feature and then an overall score.

I practised my run for two weeks straight, working out every circumstance and position that I might land in to make sure I could save my run in the finals.

How did you celebrate the win?

I haven’t had time to celebrate yet. It was crazy – I was on the podium, then did loads of interviews, then testing before going to pack and heading straight to the airport to fly home. I’ll hopefully celebrate with my family while spending a couple of days at home before going out to Laax for The Brits.

How do you prepare mentally for a big competition?

This year I’ve been going to a sports psychologist. When I was younger I never used to think about the mental side of competing but that changes as you grow up, the psychology helps me to relax and focus.

The tricks are getting so big, I sometimes get quite worried – preparing mentally helps me to overcome that, as it teaches you to tell yourself ‘you’ve got this’ and ‘nothing’s going to happen’. It’s hard sometimes, it’s tempting to go into a competition thinking ‘what if’, but I’ve learnt to avoid that and to be positive.

At the top of a run I stay away from negative people, I might even re-watch my best runs to motivate me. I know if I’ve practised well and got a few runs in I will feel perfect – I try to treat the final run just a practice run.

What does the win in the Czech Republic do for your confidence looking towards the Winter Olympics in 2018?

As it was the last competition of the season it means I’ll be going into next season, which is qualifying season for the Olympics, with a win under my belt. I went into the competition in the Czech Republic in 31st place in the FIS rankings, and that win has boosted me all the way to fifth in the world. So I’m feeling good, it’s boosted my confidence. 

Jamie at the World Cup competition in the Czech Republic

You’ve started the preparation already with the test event in South Korea in February. Does 2018 feel too far away or are you already in Olympic-mode?

It’s not too far away, it’s already begun. Each country has an allocated number of Olympic places for athletes but we needed more places so that as many Team GB athletes can compete as possible.

This season, we had a job to do and that was to build up points in competitions so that we can open up more of these quota spots for our athletes. Following our successes, three of us can now qualify.

Your Hemel Run videos in the Snow Centre have been a huge success, do you have any plans to do more videos that?

I’d love to do another Hemel Run video, but I think it’s done now – it gets a bit old doing it in the same location.

I’d to do one in London, but the budget would have to be huge – every time we’ve asked to do one we’ve found you have to get so many permissions, but you never know, maybe one day.

I want to fill a tube station with snow and ride top to bottom then on to the train, that would be cool.

“It’s not skiing, it’s not that easy to learn, but once it clicks it clicks.”

You’re posting more and more videos on your own social media channels now, why is this becoming so important for the young British ski and snowboard talent?

It’s massively important now. I do it for myself mainly, but the team are now aware of how big it is in the industry. We need to have a social media presence now, it’s half the game, especially when it comes to impressing sponsors.

I’ve made an effort to film lots this season and do a lot more creative stuff. My most successful video this season was my run from the park in Laax, it got two million views. I’ve received 30,000 new followers from around the world this season as well, including a lot from America – being on the podium really affects that.

Have you got any big plans for your filming schedule?

I’ve been filming all season to create a movie about the different surfaces you can ride on, whether it’s dry slope, powder park, snow, concrete bowls, anything really! I’ve been riding all of them.

The film will show what I do all season, the podium from the Czech Republic will hopefully look good as part of it. I’ll also be filming out in Laax at The Brits for the last bit of footage. It’s a vision at the moment, but hopefully it’ll turn out well.

I’ve never done a full-length film before, so I’ve tried to put as much time into it as possible, but competing always has to come first.

Who are the UK snowboarders to watch out for next season in the run up to the Olympics?

Katie Ormerod, Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas – they’re all killing it this season and riding really well. Rowan is a good up-and-coming snowboarder, it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. Billy proved himself a long time ago and keeps on doing well, plus he’s hilarious company. Katie is smashing it too, she’s done every single competition this season and doing so well in all of them.

Jamie with his team mates, Billy Morgan and Katie Ormerod

Your competition schedule is punishing at this time of year. What’s life on the road?

It can be a bit weird because you’re basically living a bag, but I’ve been doing that since I was 15. I love travelling and seeing the world, it means I get to ride in different parks and at so many contests.

I try to base myself in Europe for the season in either Mayrhofen or Laax – as a team we spend a lot of time there. I find if I’m at home for a long period of time I get bored – I’m lucky to have the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead close by where I live to keep me busy.

The travelling isn’t an issue for me, I love it, but maybe after the season’s finished I’ll go somewhere warm for a change.

Where’s your favourite place to ride?

Laax park definitely – it’s a shame it’s just too expensive to stay there for longer than a week! The park is amazing, I don’t think there’s another it. There are 30 features all the way down the mountain, everywhere you look there’s a rail. The three jumps are perfect and so big you can do major tricks on every one.

“I want to fill a tube station with snow and ride top to bottom then onto the train.”

Where and how will you be training over the summer?

To finish the season I’ve got The Brits in Laax to learn some new tricks and push myself to the next level, then I’ll take some of the summer off and just work out in the gym. I’ll take that time to relax and mentally prepare. I’m off to Australia at the end of August to ride and practise, ready for December and the first qualifying sessions for the Olympics.

What would you say to someone who wants to get into snowboarding?

Check out your local ski centres and snow slopes. I recently taught a group of beginners at the Snow Centre – it’s a great place to learn.

After just one session they were all turning, everyone was smiling and up for giving it a go, even when they fell over. It’s such a good sport, because it makes you determined to get up the mountain and try more.

It’s not skiing – it's not that easy to learn, but once it clicks it clicks – be determined and you’ll be fine.

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