Alcott set to reach Sochi the hard way

Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:38am EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - British skier Chemmy Alcott trains so hard that she can barely crawl out of the gym - a sacrifice the 31-year-old makes as she faces a race against time to make the Sochi Olympics after re-breaking her right leg in August.

Now with what she describes as a "nail through the bone marrow from the ankle to the knee" inserted in her battle-scarred limb, Alcott says she is winning her battle to be at the start gate in Russia.

It has not been an easy ride since the Vancouver Olympics where she competed in all five Alpine disciplines and finished 11th in the super-combined, matching her result in Turin four years earlier in the downhill.

In late 2010 she was left with bone sticking out of her skin after a high-speed crash at Lake Louise, Canada and needed so much ketamine (painkiller) that she cannot remember anything about the career-threatening accident.

Days later she found out UK Sport was ending funding of Alpine skiing, leaving a 60,000 pounds hole in her pocket.

So despite re-breaking the leg earlier this year, London-born Alcott now treats adversity with a shrug of her shoulders.

"I have niggles in my knee where the metalwork goes up to but I've been able to control that with kinesio tape so I'm really happy with where things are," Alcott, Britain's most successful Alpine skier with five top 10 finishes in the World Cup, told Reuters by phone from her St Moritz training base.

"I love pain, I love going to the gym and not being able to walk out, crawling out, that's my personality. I always do things to extreme. I'm the perfect re-habber really.   Continued...

British skier Chemmy Alcott makes a turn during the Women's World Cup Super-G skiing race in Lake Louise, Alberta, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake