037: Billy Morgan Part 2/Risk and Reward

Billy, London, March 2018. Photo: Owen Tozer

“What blows me away is what it represents. I’ve never owned something that has so much meaning attached to it”.

Well, I had to do it really. This week’s episode is part 2 of my chat with Billy Morgan, recorded two weeks after he returned in triumph from Korea with a medal round his neck and a new level of fame and recognition to ponder.

Billy in the Big Air Final. Photo: Mellish

Like part one of my conversation with Billy, during which we examined his approach to life and snowboarding, and dug deep into his mental and physical preparation for the Olympics, this is a conversation on two levels.

Billy soon after he found a flag. Photo: Mellish

Firstly – of course – we discuss all thing GB Park & Pipe in Pyeongchang, and get right into the details of exactly how it went down during the Slopestyle and Big Air. We discuss his mental preparation, relationship with coach Hamish McKnight, and the fine margins and infinitesimal decisions that make the difference.

Billy celebrates with the GB Park & Pipe team

But on another level, this one is about Billy the human, and how he’s coping with one of the defining moments of his life as it unfolds around him. As you might expect if you listened to part one, Billy tells that part of the story with the pitiless honesty, self deprecating humour and humbleness that make him such a popular figure in the snowboarding community.

Billy, London, March 2018. Photo: Owen Tozer

Among the highlights:

  • Why that infamous scootering film helped Billy relax ahead of the biggest day of his life.
  • Billy’s relationship to flow.
  • Why he was glad the jump was too small for quad corks, and why this meant a better spectacle.
  • How snowboarding and other feats helps with negative thoughts.

As with part 1, Billy approached our conversation with complete candour and honesty, offering up a truly revealing insight into how a world class athlete comes with the biggest stage of all – before, during and after. Huge thanks to Billy for carving out an afternoon in his schedule to take care of this one. Enjoy!

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