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British snowboarder Nicholls qualifies for slopestyle final

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Jamie Nicholls impressed on his second run © PA Photos
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Great Britain's Jamie Nicholls has qualified for the slopestyle final on Saturday after putting on a fine display during his second run in qualifying.

The 20-year-old had been down in seventh spot after the first round, but raised his game during the second round by posting a score of 86.75 to finish fourth and automatically qualify for the final on the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"It's amazing, I can't explain it. I literally came here and all I wanted to do was land my run. Landing a run and getting to the finals is a dream come true," Nicholls said. "Now I'm in the finals I've just got to go all out, 100%, so I'm just going to go for it and see what happens."

Billy Morgan missed out, but will have another chance to qualify when he competes in the semi-finals on Saturday, and he said: "I messed my first run up, but I was stoked to go down on my second run," adding that he may have had a "bit of a disadvantage" by going out first because he "did not get to see what everyone has done".

In the women's event, triple X Games gold medallist Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller will need to qualify through the semi-finals after they finished outside the top four places, with Jones in fifth and Fuller in tenth.

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