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Alcott announces retirement from competitive skiing

March 25, 2014 11:06 am

Four-time Olympian Chemmy Alcott has declared herself ready for a new challenge after calling time on her ski racing career.

Alcott finished 19th in the women's downhill at the recent Sochi Olympics after overcoming yet another injury that looked to have ended her season.

And despite 11th place finishes at the Games in Turin and Vancouver, she claims her against the odds performance in Russia means she can end her competitive career on a high.

"It is with a heavy but happy and proud heart that I relinquish my role as a ski racer," she said.

"This season, after breaking my leg in August, I knew it had to be all about the Olympics. 

"Looking back to how I managed to turn around a 91st position at the Europa Cup to a 19th at the Olympics in a matter of weeks makes me immensely proud.

"I threw myself down the mountain in Sochi with a confidence I'd managed to create from nothing.

"On paper I've had better results but one of my proudest achievements was in Sochi."

Alcott - whose career has been punctuated by a series of serious injuries - wants to remain in the sport, possibly as a coach, while she has already proved a popular television commentator.

"It's been an amazing journey. It's been tough but I'm proud of everything and I've relished the challenge, despite having to overcome adversity," she added.

"I've a huge black book of experiences that I want to pass down to future ski racers."

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