Queensbury-born snowboarder Jamie Nicholls says the response to his Olympic exploits has been “amazing”.
The 20-year-old, who finished sixth in the final of the men’s snowboard slopestyle in Sochi, says local reaction has flooded in to his success and hopes he has inspired the next generation.
He said: “The reaction’s been really positive from down south right up to the Scottish islands.
“I visited a school in Brighouse recently and there were 60 kids in front of me all asking questions like to be so high up in the air and how come I don’t injure myself.
“Hopefully one of those kids will be a future Olympian.
“I never really thought about the Olympics when I was younger and there were a few negative comments about the Games in the build-up, so I wasn’t sure about it.
“But then I just thought I’d go for it and I’m so glad I did.
“It’s been amazing to see the impact me getting to the finals has had.
“In itself that’s as good as winning a medal for me, especially if it means more people go snowboarding or even just take up sport in general.”
Nicholls says spending his formative years practising at the Halifax Ski Centre played a huge part in his career.
He said: “If that wasn’t there I don’t know where I would be now.
“I used to go there every night for two years after school - I just wanted to snowboard all the time and never wanted to rest.
“I had this goal all my life of being a professional snowboarder. It’s the best job I could’ve wished for.”