One Year to go until the Paralympic Winter Games 2022 With James Barnes Miller

One Year to go until the Paralympic Winter Games 2022 With James Barnes Miller

After some brilliant results in the Snowboard Cross in Finland, do you feel like you’re in a good place with one year to go until Beijing 2022?

Yes absolutely, I injured myself just before Christmas and I wasn’t at 100% in the last races so I think once I’ve fully recovered I’ll be in a really good place. Also the training block and the comps have shown the weaknesses in my riding that we need to work on.

What’s next in terms of your training?

At the moment we aren’t to sure with travel rules changing daily. We are having a week of then we will make a plan. I think we might go to Italy for a couple of able bodied competitions and possibly a para Europa cup race.

What is the toughest part of your training schedule, and which part do you enjoy the most?

I think for me the toughest part for me would be the traveling. (I know that sounds weird). I love it once I am there I just don’t enjoy the journey to get there. I enjoy the most anytime I’m on my snowboard I love it. I also really enjoy getting in the gym and lifting weights, I’m not a big fan of cardio but it has to be done.   

Do you listen to music when you train?

I do whilst I’m in the gym its vital especially at the moment whilst I’m training alone in my basement but on the snow I don’t I’ve never been able to I need to be able to hear my surroundings.

With spring approaching, how do you train during the summer months?

During the summer I skate a lot and lift weights and we try and get on snow as much as possible normally going to the glaciers in Europe.

How do you keep motivated in the short term?

It does get hard. I have my long term goal of trying to medal at the games and I look at what I need to do to get there. These are my short term goals and when I see improvements in any of these I get motivated. I do really thrive off it.

How does being a Winter Paralympian make you feel?

It’s cool I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love and to be able to compete at the top level.

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