When he hits the halfpipe in Sochi this week, Brad Martin will be looking to build on a strong performance at last month’s Snowboard Jamboree World Cup competition.
The 27-year-old Ancaster native was the top Canadian, placing 11th overall at the men’s snowboard halfpipe World Cup final on Jan. 18 in Stoneham, Que.
Martin started the day placing sixth in the semifinal with solid landings in each of his two runs. In the final, he posted an opening score of 68.00. With an outside shot at the podium, Martin missed an attempted frontside 1260 jump, knocking him out of contention.
“I fell on my 1260 but it doesn’t hurt my confidence,” Martin, told the Canadian Press.
“I still feel I can always win. It was a great thrill to once again compete in front of a home crowd. The fans here at Stoneham really go wild.”
On Tuesday, local fans will want to get up early to watch Martin compete at his third Olympic Winter Games. The men’s halfpipe begins Feb. 11 with live coverage starting at 4:55 a.m. on TSN2. The semifinals take place later in the day from 9:55 to 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, also on TSN2. The finals will be televised on CBC and TSN2 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 as well.
After appearances in Torino and Vancouver, Martin returns as one of Canada’s most experienced Olympic snowboarders in Sochi.
Canada Snowboard earned the maximum of 24 quota spots for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and each discipline received six entries. This means a full team is appearing in Sochi, aiming for success on the podium.
While in Sochi, Martin hopes to also check out some of the world-class ski venues, such as the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
“Heading back here to compete at my (third) Olympics. Hope to get some turns on this bad boy again,” Martin tweeted, along with a photo of the venue.
A five-time World Cup medallist, Martin placed 16th in the halfpipe competition in 2006 in Torino and 23rd in 2010 in Vancouver.
In 2011, the Ancaster Minor Sports Association honoured Martin by naming its office boardroom, inside Ancaster’s historic Hammill House, the Brad Martin Boardroom.