Keston's snowboarding sensation Aimee Fuller talks Bromley, commentary controversy and the Winter Olympics (From This Is Local London)
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Keston's snowboarding sensation Aimee Fuller talks Bromley, commentary controversy and the Winter Olympics
Keston-raised snowboarder Aimee Fuller was first taken to Orpington's dry ski slope at the age of four. There she fell in love with the snow and she hasn't looked back since. Fresh from competition and commentary controversy at the Sochi Winter Olympics, she talks to PATRICK GRAFTON-GREEN.
Aimee Fuller has nothing but fond memories of her time growing up in Bromley.
Born in Farnborough, and spending her youth in Leaves Green Road, Keston, she was first taken to the dry ski slope in Sandy Lane, Orpington, at the age of four.
After years of Saturday morning ski sessions with her instructor, Andy, Aimee was on the way to becoming an Olympian.
The 22-year-old said: "I remember going to the dry slope in Bromley where I had Andy as my instructor.
"Every Saturday morning I went up there and had a ski session.
"I loved it. I have really happy memories of the place."
Aimee moved from Bromley to the United States at the age of 12.
Now living in Belfast, she has just competed in her first Winter Olympics.
Attempting an ambitious double back flip in her slopestyle snowboarding semi-final, Aimee fell, meaning she missed out on a place in the final.
But she has no regrets, and is already looking to the future.
She said: "I didn't have much expectation going into the Olympics.
"My preparation had not been great, I had a bad run in, a lot of injuries.
"I went there to compete and do the best I could. It wasn't my day but at least I went for it.
"I am pretty young in snowboarding terms, I want to keep competing for a long time and hopefully I can follow in Jenny's footsteps."
Jenny Jones won a bronze medal in the same event - Britain's first ever medal on snow at an Olympics - and during the final Aimee joined BBC commentary team Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood.
The trio attracted controversy for their enthusiastic take on events, cheering when Miss Jones's competitors fell, and crying when it became clear she had won a medal.
Aimee said: "I am not really bothered about it. We had about 300 complaints but many more people have complained about the complainers.
"The whole snowboarding community are stoked at the commentary.
"It was a history-making moment and I was honoured to be a part of it, to show what a big deal it was and to share it with the rest of the UK."
Talking about her overall Olympic experience, the former Cudham Primary School pupil added: "There was an amazing spirit to the games, it really brings people closer together.
"Snowboarding is one of the friendliest sports I have ever been a part of.
"It's pretty rad. When you're on the run there is a huge amount of adrenaline. When you learn your run, when you learn new tricks, it's a great feeling."