Two-time Winter Olympian Aimee Fuller says “it seems like the suitable time” to announce her retirement from skilled snowboarding.
Fuller represented Staff GB on the 2014 Video games in Sochi and once more 4 years later in Pyeongchang.
The 29-year-old completed seventeenth within the Slopestyle occasion at each Olympics and twenty fifth within the large air in 2018.
“I’ve had probably the most superb profession, one I by no means thought can be doable,” she mentioned.
Fuller hung out between England, the USA and Northern Eire rising up. She broke onto the snowboarding scene in 2011 and have become the primary lady to land a double backflip in competitors on the X Video games.
Accidents meant she needed to wait till the final two occasions to qualify for the 2014 Video games in Sochi. She secured the required top-12 spot in Colorado within the lead as much as Christmas 2013 earlier than confirming her spot at a maiden Olympics with a fifth-place end in Quebec, simply two weeks earlier than the opening ceremony in Russia.
“I’ve by no means felt stress prefer it. It was such a rollercoaster,” mentioned Fuller on the qualification course of.
Fuller, then 22, simply missed out on qualification for the slopestyle ultimate in Sochi, finally ending seventeenth, nevertheless she secured qualification for a second Video games three years later after top-20 finishes on the World Championships in each the large air and slopestyle competitions.
At her second Video games in South Korea in 2018, Fuller once more got here seventeenth within the slopestyle and twenty fifth in qualification for the large air – lacking out on the ultimate.
I’ve lived my dream
“I used to be excited to be at Sochi due to the wild trip I had within the run-up to it. I feel that formed me as an athlete,” Fuller recalled.
“I learnt a lot that I might take into the following Video games – when it comes to preparation, qualifying and my damage administration. It was all on level so I used to be in the perfect form of my life each bodily and results-wise going into 2018.”
Fuller admitted she’s going to miss the camaraderie of competing however she has “made some nice pals for all times”.
“I’ll proceed to snowboard and be an envoy for snow sports activities. I need to discover the again nation as a result of the mountains have a lot to supply and they’re there to be loved by everybody.
“I nonetheless need to have the ability to snowboard once I’m 70 years previous.”
After hanging up her board professionally, Fuller has mentioned she had fulfilled a dream as an athlete and is now trying to transfer into broadcasting after stints as a pundit and documentary maker within the latter a part of her profession.
“I bear in mind watching the X Video games on TV at 12 or 13 years previous and pondering I’d like to do it. I by no means thought it could be doable,” she added.
“I used to be watching Torah Shiny on TV after which in 2011 not solely was she my team-mate, however I used to be standing on the high of the X Video games together with her. That was surreal.
“So to then go to the Olympics three years after that was mad. I did not begin snowboarding to be skilled or go to the Olympics, I began it as a result of I beloved it.
“I adopted my dream and made a profession out of it. If there’s something you’re keen on then go and chase it as a result of it’s there for the taking.”