Beijing bronze medalist Ollie Hill targets ‘dominant’ Italian Paralympic work after sensational podium in China

Ollie Hill insists his stunning Paralympic bronze medal is just the first step towards achieving ‘dominant’ Italian snowboarding work in 2026.

The Reading raider, 32, made history in Beijing by becoming the first British resident to step onto the Paralympic podium. Hill, who had his right leg amputated in 2018 and only broke into the British team two years later, rode a blistering first run in the banked slalom to secure himself a medal ahead of team-mate SB- LL2 Owen Pick.

The Berkshire ace has enjoyed a rapid rise on the international circuit and is dreaming big ahead of the next Games cycle and Milan-Cortina 2026.

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“I haven’t dominated yet,” he said. “There are still a few places to go to dominate. It was amazing and I’m so happy to be here. I’m a little surprised by that because I was on a mission just to get here in the first place.

“We are on the right track – although I love everyone, I still want to win. I have a lot more racing experience to gain before the next Paralympic Games – and hopefully that will put me in a good position to do what I say and take two gold medals.”

Hill has always had a passion for snow sports and first put on a pair of skis when he was just four years old on a family vacation. However, his attention soon turned to snowboarding as he juggled the sport alongside a promising career as a motocross rider as a teenager.

That all changed in December 2018, however, when a 29-year-old Hill was involved in a serious car accident and forced to have his right leg amputated below the knee.

Hill refused to let adversity hold him back and after joining the GB Snowsport program in 2020 he placed fourth in banked slalom at the World Championships in January before reaching the Paralympic snowboard cross quarter-finals on Monday .

And then came that brilliant banked slalom four days later, stopping the clock in 1:10.45 behind local favorite Qi Sun and Finnish outfielder Matti Suur-Hamari, to propel teammate Pick onto the podium by just 0.19s.

“The first run took the pressure off and made all the difference,” added Hill, who had already banked his medal before heading out for his second run. “Just to think I could walk away with a real piece of silverware and pull it out of the bag for Britain – I can’t believe it or even put it into words.”

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