A university of Aberdeen student is aiming for a peak performance.
Scott Garvie, 20, is to compete for Great Britain in the ski cross event at next month’s FISU World University Winter Games.
Scott, a second-year geology and petroleum geology student, will travel to Kazakhstan after qualifying to represent his country at the games.
Known as the Universiade, the event is widely recognised as the second largest multisport games in the world after the Olympics.
The 2017 Winter Universiade is being held in Almaty from January 29 to February 7, and will involve more than 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries.
For Scott, who has represented Scotland and Great Britain in international ski competition, the games provide an opportunity to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the Youth Olympic Games in 2012.
“I switched to ski cross in 2012 after many years of competing in Alpine ski racing,” he said.
“And I was gutted to miss out on qualification for the Youth Olympic Games by a single place in my first race.
“Despite not qualifying I was instantly hooked on ski cross, and I’m thrilled to be given the chance to compete for my country again.”
Born and raised near Laurencekirk, Scott started skiing at the age of three.
By 11 he was race training at the British Ski Academy. He has represented Great Britain at the World Junior Championships four times, and was part of the Scottish Alpine ski team before making the switch to ski cross.
“Despite it being a timed racing event, ski cross is often considered part of freestyle skiing because it incorporates terrain features traditionally found in freestyle,” Scott added.
“Ski cross courses have both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including big-air jumps and high-banked turns.
“But what really sets it apart from other alpine skiing disciplines is that there’s more than one skier racing down the course.
“Any intentional contact with other competitors leads to disqualification, so the margin for error is very small.”
Scott’s aim is to be among those who make it into contention for a medal bid at the games.
“My aim is to qualify in the top 32 and get through to the knock-out stages,” he said.