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Snowboarder heads to Siberian slopes for University Games

Douglas Green, 20, from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire is the only UK snowboarder on the team.

An Aberdeen student is preparing to hit the slopes in Russia as Team GB's only snowboard athlete at the World University Winter Games.

Douglas Green from Robert Gordon University is a snowboard cross racer who first took up the sport before he reached his teens.

At this weekend's event, he'll be competing against world class athletes in temperatures as low as minus 30.

"[Snowboard cross] was just something that I stumbled into," Douglas explains.

"There was the Scottish Snowboard Championships up at Glenshee a couple of years ago and I decided to enter it for a bit of fun and I really enjoyed it.

"I enjoyed the racing, really enjoyed the speed of it and I've been hooked ever since."

The sport sees up to six people racing down a course at one time, often within a foot of each other, battling it out against jumps, banked corners and obstacles to cross the finishing line.

Douglas has set his sights on competing in the World Cup.
Douglas has set his sights on competing in the World Cup. STV

However the 20-year-old from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire says the sport is not for the faint of heart.

"It's pretty intense to be honest, it's high speed so we're travelling anywhere between 40 and 60 mph," he says.

"It's high adrenaline and anything can happen at any time."

The World University Winter Games, held in Siberia, are the second largest gathering of winter sports athletes in the world.

As the only snowboarder from the UK who will be taking part at the event, Douglas is thankful for the opportunity to race for his country.

'It's high adrenaline and anything can happen at any time.'
Douglas Green, Snowboarder

"It's a huge honour and I can't wait to make my country proud," Douglas says.

Looking to the future, Douglas has big plans for how far he wants to take his snowboarding skills.

"I'd love to make it to the World Cup, I'm just taking it day by day at the moment and I would like to see how far I can take this," he says.

"I'm currently at the Europa Cup level and I'd like to see how far this goes."

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