Billy Morgan tonight begins his bid to qualify for the Winter Olympics’ inaugural Big Air final.

The Shirley snowboarder missed out on a medal in last week’s Slopestyle competition, as he did at Sochi 2014.

But big air is his forte and made its Olympic debut during yesterday’s women’s qualifiers.

As the name suggests, it involves competitors attempting their best tricks of a huge ramp.

Billy already has a big air medal more prestigious than a place on the Olympic podium, having won an X Games bronze in 2016.

He will be hoping to qualify for Saturday’s final alongside fellow Britons Jamie Nicholls and Rowan Coultas.

In the build up to his second Olympics, he said: “We’ve all been training for big air for most of our snowboard careers, learning new tricks and doing more radical stuff. We’ve now got more of a chance to showcase our sport.

“Landing new tricks at big air events is what does it for me, it gives me the drive to keep riding."

Billy's big air qualifier gets underway in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

If he gets through, there is likely to be a big screen showing of the final at Southampton Sports Centre’s Sporting View pub in the early hours of Saturday morning.