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Great Britain snowboarder Owen Pick unable to progress at Beijing Paralympics

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Owen Pick feels he failed to do himself justice on the big Paralympic stage after crashing out in the quarter-finals once again in Beijing earlier today.

The Red Lodge-based snowboard star safely navigated his way to Monday’s medal showdown but was unable to progress to the business end of his SB-LL2 snowboard cross event.

Pick, 30, finished third behind Canadian Alex Massie and Japan’s Takahito Ichikawa as he exited the competition at the same stage he did at PyeongChang 2018.

Snowboarder Owen Pick bowed out in the quarter-finals. Picture: Paralympics GB
Snowboarder Owen Pick bowed out in the quarter-finals. Picture: Paralympics GB

Boarders battle it out head-to-head on a course against each other in the snowboard cross event, differently to the more technical banked slalom where Pick will compete on Saturday.

And he reckons the chaotic cross format proved his undoing at the start of this week, saying: “I know I’m a better snowboarder than I think today is testament to.

“I think banks is always where it’s at, it what brings out the true, true best snowboarders in my opinion.

“Because there’s no one else in your way, no one else that can mess you up, no one else that can ride badly in front of you.”

Pick finished ninth in both events in South Korea four years ago, where he also carried the British flag at the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

A gruelling four years on the circuit soon followed but Pick struggled for form heading into Beijing, with a 14th-place finish at January’s World Championships in Lillehammer hampering any momentum.

Pick admitted his overwhelming priority was to let his guard down and enjoy these Games in China on the eve of the competition.

He hopes channelling that mantra away from the Zhangjiakou slopes can prove a welcome distraction and haul him back to winning ways at the same venue this weekend.

“I’ll re-set, chill and maybe have a couple of runs on the banked slalom tomorrow,” added Pick. “I’ll get back to training and see how I feel.”

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