Three-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott will make another trip to the Games in Sochi where she will again look to win Great Britain’s first=ever medal in Alpine Skiing. Alcott’s career reached new heights at the 2006 Torino Games when she finished in 11th place in the downhill, the best result by a British woman since the 1972 Sapporo Games. Just a few weeks later, her mother, who watched Chemmy compete in Torino, died unexpectedly. After taking a break from competing, she returned to racing in 2008 and has mixed results since, mostly due to injuries.
- 2010: Olympics – 11th (super-combined), 13th (downhill), 20th (super-G), 27th (slalom)
- 2009: World Championships – 15th (downhill), 17th (super-combined), 20th (super-G), 29th (giant slalom)
- 2007: World Championships – 27th (giant slalom), 28th (super-G)
- 2006: Olympics – 11th (downhill), 19th (super-G), 22nd (giant slalom)
- 2005: World Championships – 19th (downhill), 22nd (super-G), 35th (giant slalom)
- 2003: World Championships – 25th (giant slalom), 33rd (downhill)
- 2002: Olympics – 14th (combined), 28th (super-G), 30th (giant slalom), 32nd (downhill)
- 2001: World Championships – 36th (super-G)
- 1999: World Championships – 33rd (giant slalom)
Things to know:
1. Alcott is named after Sophia Loren's character in the film El Cid. She started skiing at 18 months old on a family holiday in Flaine, France and first raced at the age of three. When Alcott was a girl, she had a dream which she subsequently wrote on a small piece of paper. In that dream, she won an Olympic gold medal, sang the British national anthem atop the medal podium and heard her mother tell her that her hair wasn't right.
2. Alcott is close friends with American Julia Mancuso, a three-time Olympic medalist. In 2002, she stayed at Mancuso’s home in Squaw Valley, Calif. before the Salt Lake City Olympics. In 2008 Alcott joined Mancuso and American Laurenne Ross on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for the international humanitarian organization Right To Play.
3. Injuries have been a major factor in Alcott’s career. When she was 12, she broke her neck in a skiing accident and needed to have two vertebrae fused together. In 2004, a knee ligament injury prevented her from defending her British titles in downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom. While taking time away to mourn the death of her mother, Alcott had bunions removed from her feet. In 2011, she sustained a double fracture of her right leg when she crashed training for the World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise. In August of 2013, she rebroke that same leg.