Peter Graves is the first person to cross-mount a ski in a competition of the highest level, and the first skier to take part in a world championship in which the top two finishers are automatically awarded the title of world champion.
Peter, from Newcastle, was crowned world champion at the Crosswave Pet Festival in Banbury, Hampshire, last week, after beating fellow countryman Adam Beresford and American Jordan McLean.
He had won the competition in the US last year, when he finished fifth.
But this year, the two-time world champion from Newcastle took a break from skiing and competed in the World Cup of Cross-Country Skiing at the North American Ski and Snowboard Championships.
Peter said he had been racing professionally for 18 years and he felt like he was the next big thing in the sport.
“I am very proud to be a cross-Country skier and I love the sport and its so much fun.
I was in the final of the US Cup in 2008 and I had to stop in Denver for a few days, but I came back to win and get back to the top,” Peter said.
Peter was part of a group of four skiers from Newcastle who won the World Cups in the same year.
He was the first to cross the finish line of the World Cross-country Skiing Championships in Canada in 2016, the first time a skier from Newcastle had done so.
Peter finished the 2017 World Cup in third, one spot ahead of his fellow countrymen Beresfield and McLean, who also won medals.
“We were able to cross over the finishline, and after the ceremony, I told my family and friends that I was so proud to have won and to be the first one to do it,” Peter explained.
Peter’s team-mate and fellow Northumberland native, Beresfel, is also the first British-born skier at a World Cup, having also won a World Cross Country Skiing title in 2017.
Peter is now the world champion in cross-skiing, after competing at the 2016 World Cup.
In 2016, he won the prestigious Crosswave event in Banborough, where he finished fourth.
But it is his latest triumph at the World Championship that will be remembered for years to come.
“It’s a very special feeling to be able to win this event, and I’m very proud of my team and the people who work so hard for us and for the sport,” Peter added.
Peter added that he was confident that his win would not be repeated, but he would like to take some of the glory with him to the World Championships in 2018.
“There are a lot of other great skiers who have won this event in the past,” he said.
“So I’m looking forward to coming back and trying to win again.”
Cross-ski competitions have become more popular in recent years.
In 2018, a cross ski team from Sydney won the world cross-skier title, beating the UK’s best.
Last year, it was a cross skier team from Melbourne who were the first in the world to cross a ski with the fastest time.
Peter has had an incredible career, winning medals at the highest levels and taking part in the biggest cross-world skiing events.
He said he was very excited to be back on the podium again at Crosswave.
“The last year I spent a lot more time on the ski and the more I was doing cross-snowboarding, it started to get me to a point where I started to think I was going to die,” he explained.
You need to get some help.'” “
They said it’s because you’re healthy, but the thing is, I had some serious injuries to my knees, ankles and chest, and then they told me, ‘No, we can’t let you do the skiing.
You need to get some help.'”
So I went back and had surgery in June and got some physiotherapy and they told us to keep skiing and keep skiing.
I couldn’t do it and I knew that I couldn.
“But I kept on skiing and just kept going.
I just kept pushing it and kept pushing.
Then they told the team that if they could see the progress of the knee, ankle and chest they could put me on the plane and I was given a chance to go back to Australia and compete again.”