We are very proud to announce that our Route One Snowboard Team rider Billy Morgan, has now become an Olympic finalist! Billy did an exceptional job in the Snowboard Slopestyle discipline out in Sochi. Competing in the Semi Finals he stomped an amazing run that included a backside rodeo off the pole jam, a cab double cork 900, a frontside double cork 1080 and finished with a triple cork 1440 scoring him 90.75 and qualifying for the Finals in first place! In the final Billy went all out and even landed a trick he had never even tried before, the gigantic triple cork 1620, but unfortunately he was not able to cleanly complete his runs and finished in a respectable 10th place! We couldn’t be more made up for Billy’s success. Congrats Billy!
Route One are so stoked to have such a talented and progressive rider on the team and alongside the rest of the boys they make up one of the most forward moving, skilled snowboard teams in the UK. Check out what gear Billy used in the Olympics here…
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How did you first start Snowboarding? I went skiing with my school and my mate Jon could board so he convinced me to give it a go. I’ve been addicted ever since.
When was your first competition? I had my first comp at my local slope when I was 15 I think, I came 2nd and was insanely happy.
How did you initially get sponsored by Route One and when was it? It’s been a good few strong years now. Andy who used to run the shop in Southampton spotted me from when I was young and at the Brits one year offered to have me on the team, I was super stoked to join the crew.
What’s your best competition result? Getting 2nd at the TTR 4* Mile High Slopestyle comp in Australia and also getting Best Trick. Stoked.
Is it fair to say the last couple of seasons have seen big changes in the life of Billy Morgan? How are you finding it and what have been the most significant? It’s been sick, things have got pretty crazy the last couple of years — hitting the World Cup circuit has been mad intense, going to new places and meeting new people, it’s been amazing. It’s gotten me some more recognition and is pushing up my profile.
You used to spend winters living in one place just riding for fun. How are you finding the change with travelling, training and competing? Is it better, or would you give it all up for a season back in Morzine? It’s definitely different, the change has been good really. I’ve done lots more amazing things and pushed my riding. Years in Morzine were proper bashy and there’s no reason why I can’t head back there for a season when my knees pack up.
After your podium finish in Sierra Nevada in March, it was said that you were sitting 2nd in the world. Was that due to your points accumulated at the World Cup events? Yeah, it’s because of all of the results put together. I guess some of the heavy hitters didn’t rock up to some events, otherwise I would have been bumped down a bit.
The Olympics are coming up fast, do you feel confident that you have the potential to do well in Russia? I really hope so. I have a lot of work to do and tricks to get dialled, but if everything goes well I hope to do as well as I can and possibly end up on the podium. I want to do my friends and country proud… Wish me luck!!!
Where would you most like to go riding? I’ve always wanted to hit some massive back-country. So Alaska I guess.