Snow problem

Published Thursday, 30th May 2019 in Study at SRUC news

James Slimon competing at Idre in Sweden last year
James Slimon competing at Idre in Sweden last year

Agriculture student James Slimon is swapping tractors for roller skis after finishing his National Certificate course at Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen.

The 17-year-old Nordic skier from Laggan, in the Highlands, is aiming to compete in the Winter Youth Olympics Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, next January.

However, during the summer season he is training on roller skis and competing at several events across the country.

“All the races I take part in on snow are International Ski Federation races,” said James, who has been skiing for five years. “At these races you collect as few points as possible. These qualify you for events like the Youth Olympics and World Juniors.

“Over the summer we train on roller skies and there are a number of different races across the country.

“I would like to be a professional skier for a few years and see where it takes me. I will then go back to working on the farm at home.”

Nordic Skiing, which is also known as Cross-country or XC Skiing, is the original form of skiing, with its roots in Scandinavia.

James’s next race on snow will take place in Idre, Sweden, on 24 November.

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