By Richard Cooke
I was the youngest out of everyone at Sochi [2014 Winter Olympics]. I met a lot of people, quite amazing. I couldn’t party as much back then, but still I could have a good time. People kind of took me under their wing and guided me and helped me if I needed help.
On a race day, you have no idea what to expect. The day before may be a training date where it’s sunny and hot and warm, and the snow is a bit still and slushy, but on the race day it could be raining and hard snow. You have to just feel it out.
We have grown up as a snow family. When I was eight I took to snowboarding because of my sister, Annabel. She is a snowboard racer as well. Our races are at a completely different area, but we try to snowboard together whenever we can, and we always give each other tips and tricks.
I’m pretty much the only male rider with cerebral palsy. I will say 80 per cent of our field has an amputation below the knee. Our sport is very new and it has grown quite fast. But to me, because I’m the only CP rider, I don’t want the chance to go to and compete in a new disability category by myself. I want a bit of competition in there.
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