Scotland’s very own Ben Kilner has been riding since he was 9 years old and is one of team GB’s Olympic hopefuls. Three times British Halfpipe champion, Ben also competed at the 2010 Olympics and has his sights set on glory in Sochi 2014.
Raised on a diet of haggis, neeps and tatties, Ben grew up shredding the slopes of the Lecht in Scotland. Since starting riding at the age of 9 Ben has travelled the world and competed in more events than you can shake a stick at. In 2010 he narrowly missed out on a place in the Olympic halfpipe final finishing 18th overall after falling in both of his semi-final runs. Not bad for a 21 year old British lad up against the likes of Shaun White!
Despite having the technical tricks you need to be a top British halfpipe rider, his favourite trick is the classic backflip. He gained the nickname ‘Killdog’ after the British team were sat around watching Top Gun and decided that should be Ben’s pilot name. Ben’s a regular feature in the Team GB video podcasts and when he’s not competing or filming he likes to cycle, play golf and eat deep fired mars bars whilst drinking whiskey and wearing a kilt. That’s what Scottish people do right?!
In all seriousness, he goes to the gym six times a week as he trains for the Olympics. He’s not all super fit training regimes though, so if you ever see him in a bar buy him a mojito or a JD and coke as they’re his favourite cocktails. His dad also trains cage fighters so it’s probably a good idea to have the Kilners on your side if those French skiers you cut up on that red run earlier are looking to pick a fight.