Chemmy Alcott announces it's time for a new chapter

25 March 2014 12:14
Chemmy Alcott Lake Louise Comeback
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Chemmy Alcott is Britain’s number one female alpine skier announced today on her online channels that she would no longer continue her skiracing career. In the four minutes long video, the four times Olympian explains the reasons behind the decision and her plans for the future.

“I am not going to retire, by definition to retire means to withdraw from ones profession and I am a skier and I will always be a skier. However, it’s with a really heavy but happy and proud heart that I relinquish my role as a skiracer,” is Alcott’s opening statement in the video which can be viewed on her website

Alcott started skiing at 18 months and began competing seriously at the age of 8. During her career, she scored five top 10 results, her best achievement being a 7th place in the Reiteralm Super Combined in 2006. She competed in four consecutive Olympic Games, in Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver and most recently in Sochi. Two 11th places, in the Turin downhill and the Vancouver super combined are her best Olympic result. Alcott also represented Great Britain at five World Championships (St.Moritz 2003, Santa Caterina 2005, Are 2007, Val d’Isere 2009 and Schladming 2013) achieving a 15th place in the Val d’Isere downhill as her best result.

During a downhill training run at the Lake Louise World Cup in 2010, Alcott suffered a horrible crash and sustained a double fracture of her right leg. She consequently missed the entire 2011 skiing season. After a long rehab period, Alcott made a comeback with the aim of competing at one last Olympics and succeeded in not only making it to Sochi but finishing among the best 30 in both super-G and downhill.

We wish Chemmy all the best and look forward to seeing her on the slopes in whichever role the next chapter of her life brings her!

You can also watch the expanded version of the video by clicking here.