By Damian Dolan.
Hurling oneself down a snow covered mountain at speeds approaching 100 kilometres an hour might defy logic to the most of us, but for Irish skier Conor Lyne it’s the adrenalin rush that no other sport can match that holds the appeal.
The Reading-born, States raised, 20-year-old will do just that later this month at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, flying the flag for Ireland in both in the Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom.
One blurred adrenalin filled minute or so later he’ll be at the bottom, breathing heavy, heart racing and searching desperately for his time, before either punching the air in delight or chastising himself for the slightest of errors that can cost him precious time.
It’s surely a sport for the brave or the slightly off centre, but Lyne comes across as neither as he speaks calmly and politely on a very rare day off in the lead up to Sochi – the realisation of his Olympic dream.
“It’s the adrenalin; it’s one of those sports where you get as much back as you put into it. You are pushing yourself down a slope…it is difficult but then you get that rush that you wouldn’t get in a lot of sports,” said Lyne, who made his name at last year’s World Championships in Austria by finishing an unexpected 52nd in the GS.
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