Twickenham’s Tim Farr is the first to admit his road to Sochi has been bumpier than most, but the disabled alpine skier is not about to throw in the towel any time soon.
Breaking his back in 2004 did not keep Farr away from the slopes as he turned his attentions to sitting skiing and went on to represent Great Britain at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics.
His Games bow did not quite go according to plan as Farr, who lives in Cambridge Road, was disqualified in the giant slalom while placing 20th in the slalom.
Farr has been hell-bent on putting the record straight in 2014 ever since, but injuries have affected his progress.
Despite his struggles, Farr – the longest serving member of the British Disabled Ski Team – wants the chance to represent his country again in Russia – although the 31-year-old is not where he had hoped to be at this stage.
“It’s been on and off for me, I have put in some good runs and some not quite so good runs,” he said.
“But you take the good with the bad.
“It’s been hard since Vancouver, I have had a number of injuries, which have set me back further than I wanted.
“It’s been frustrating because I wanted to be able to kick on from finishing 20th in slalom in Vancouver to go one better in Sochi.
“I know I’ve still got it in me and hopefully I can still qualify.
“Vancouver was an amazing experience and I’ve learned a lot from that.
“To represent my country again would mean everything to me.”
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