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HALFPIPE DREAMER: BEN KILNER INTERVIEW

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 BEN Kilner is reliving his exit from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when he came agonisingly close to reaching the finals of the men’s halfpipe competition. “I’ve watched my run over and over again,” he says, “and as I land my second-to-last […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE MADNESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 March 2011 IN SEPTEMBER 2009 long distance runner Robin Harvie, 34, was in Greece taking part in the Spartathlon – a gut-bustingly harsh 152-mile race from Athens to Sparta which crosses two mountain ranges and forces competitors to endure gruelling extremes of hot and cold. After 50 miles Harvie was […]

FOUR SEASONS: CONFESSIONS OF A SURF ADDICT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 May 2010 IS IT POSSIBLE to be addicted to surfing? I mean actually, physically, clinically addicted? It sounds like a silly question – flippant, almost, considering how many people are hooked on much more serious things like drugs and booze and internet shopping – but an article in this month’s […]

HALFPIPE HEROINE

Published: The Scotsman, 29 January 2010 LESLEY McKenna has been injured. Again. In 2006, in the run-up to the last Winter Olympics in Turin, Scotland’s most successful snowboarder famously broke her ankle, all but destroying her chances of a medal. This time, it’s her back that’s the problem. She “nailed it”, she says, during a […]

FOUR SEASONS: BRIGHT FUTURE, WATT?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 December 2009 “IT’S been a funny year,” muses Fraserburgh surfer George Watt. That’s one way of putting it. By rights, the dizzying series of ups and downs the 22 year-old has experienced over the last 12 months should have reduced him to a gibbering wreck.

Book Review: The Third Man Factor

Published: The Scotsman (Critique) 13 June 2009 Book review: The Third Man Factor, by John Geiger Canongate, 290pp, £12.99 THIS BOOK BY AMERICAN AUTHOR John Geiger represents a truly incredible literary achievement. Somehow, against all the odds, he has managed to take several dozen of the most dramatic tales of human survival ever recorded – […]