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Snowboarding Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 12:51 GMT
Snowed under at Salt Lake City
Lesley McKenna at Salt Lake City
Heavy snow has made practice difficult for McKenna
In her second Winter Olympics column for BBC Sport Online, British Olympic snowboarder Lesley McKenna takes a sneaky peak at the competition venue.

I've just been in Park City for a sneak preview of the Olympic half-pipe, but I didn't get a chance to practice on it because of the weather conditions.

Originally, only the Americans were allowed to train on it prior to the Games, but then the organisers decided to open it to everyone.

So I came up from Breckenridge, Colorado, where I had been staying, to try it out for a couple of days.


My shoulder is not 100% yet, but it's getting better

Lesley McKenna

Unfortunately, it had snowed so much I didn't get to ride it.

The storm hadn't even arrived yet and it had already snowed about 50cm in two days.

But it all looks great here and the grandstand is pretty cool, although it's been really quiet.

I've just been here with my coach and there's just nobody about.

It's snowed so much that nobody's been outside - it's like a ghost town.

But at least not training has given me time to recover from my shoulder injury - if I'm not riding, I don't have a chance to fall on it.

Lesley McKenna at the Winter Olympics venue
McKenna said the grandstand looks pretty cool

Actually, I found a really good physio in Breckenridge about nine years ago and she's been giving me some real good treatment over the last week.

My shoulder is not 100% yet, but it's getting better.

To be honest, it's nothing to worry too much about. I think in snowboarding, you're always injured - it goes with the territory.

I'm used to riding with injuries and it's not serious enough that I can't ride.

Last year, I rode with a knee injury the whole season - you just learn to shut it out.

It's probably not very sensible, but everyone is in the same boat.

In terms of preparation, it just means I've got to be really careful.

I can't fully go for it because if I fall the same way again it's not going to be good, so I just have to take it a bit easy.

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