Absolutely gutting: Aimee Fuller still smiling after crashing out of final Winter Olympics event
Aimee Fuller says crashing out of the Big Air was 'absolutely gutting' but hadn't lost her trademark smile after another disappointing day in Pyeongchang.
Fuller suffered two crashes in the 26-strong qualification for the Big Air, failing to make it through to the 12-woman final.
"That was pretty brutal – just gutting really. I got it really good in training, so I was like yeah, this is the one, but not meant to be,” Fuller told Eurosport.
"I gave it everything. On that last one I thought I was going big, but it just didn’t work for me unfortunately."
Last week, Fuller had fallen during the women's slopestyle final in windy conditions that had caused the previous day's qualification event to be cancelled.
She said: "The slopestyle was kind of a write-off so I was like this is my opportunity to shine. I know I've got the tricks. There was no point doing a safe run. I'm devastated not to put it down to bring it home but this is the sport at its best so to be a part of that is a good time."
Took 1 to the grill. pic.twitter.com/KHZw0fc6EJ— Aimee Fuller (@aimee_fuller) February 19, 2018
The Big Air is making its debut at the Winter Olympics and despite not making it through, it got a big thumbs up from the former Sullivan Upper pupil.
"I think the Big Air's an amazing event," she continued. "It's really good for supporters as well. It's really good to showcase our sport. You've got one jump so it's all about doing the best trick you can do. To be a part of that, I'm honoured. It's just a shame I couldn't stick it to make it to the finals.
"You basically had to do a nine to make the finals so I went for it. I guess contest jelly legs. I got it to my feet and then slipped out which was absolutely gutting. Going into the second one feeling pretty confident and I just got lost in the air, really."
And now, already, Aimee's attentions turn to the 2022 Winter Olympics.
"Beijing - bring it," she laughed.
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