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Chemmy Alcott continues to shine in Val d’Isere

December 21, 2009

Britain’s number one skier, Chemmy Alcott (27, Twickenham), has yesterday (20 December) produced another good result in Val d’Isere, France with a 16th place in the Super G. Watch this video of Chemmy talking about the World Cup so far and her Winter Olympic dream.

Chemmy_Alcott-ValAfter a long delay following a big crash from Marie Marchand-Arvier of France, Alcott got her race underway in a very chilly (-20oC) Val d’Isere. Alcott produced some strong skiing on the lower section of the course in particular, finishing in a time of 1:27.99, +1.56 seconds behind race winner Fraenzi Aufdenblatten (SUI), and in joint 16th with Canada’s Britt Janyk.

The result continues Alcott good run of form following her 9th place in Friday’s (18 December) Super Combined in Val d’Isere, 11th place in the Giant Slalom in Are on 12 December and the 15th place in the Super G in Lake Louise.

Speaking after her race on Friday she said,

“It is one of the best runs I’ve had in Val d’Isere. With it being so cold here the snow is really aggressive and I’m an aggressive skier so it is really difficult for me to get the feeling of skiing this kind of snow fast as it is so grippy. I tend to power the ski’s too much so it was a good learning curve for me today”.

“I had a really solid run in the slalom. I felt like the edges of my ski’s were too sharp to really let it go but in retrospect even if I’d had a great run I probably would have ended up in 9th because the deficits were so huge for everyone.

“Today’s result has really blasted my confidence, that’s three top 15 finishes in three different events all in the last two weeks.”

Mark Tilston, British Alpine Ski Team Head Coach, commented “Chemmy skied a bit too round at the top and gave the course a bit too much respect but she skied the bottom well. She is happy with the result but a little disappointed too as she knows if she had lost half of what she did lose at the top section it would have had a very different result”.

There are just seven weeks to go until the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and Alcott is hopeful of being the first Brit to ever get a medal in Alpine skiing.

This video was filmed at Val D’Isere just before the weekend’s races and Chemmy talks about the World Cup so far and her Winter Olympic dream.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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