Team GB Alpine Skiing - The athletes to watch for Sochi 2014
December 16, 2013 07:30 am
Chemmy Alcott is bidding to make her fourth Olympic appearance at Sochi 2014 and improve on her previous best performance, an 11th in the women’s downhill at Turin 2006 and the super combined at Vancouver 2010 – the best displays by a British woman since 1972.
Alcott, who finished fifth in ITV's Dancing on Ice in 2012, has seen her career plagued by injuries though. She sustained a double leg fracture during training for a World Cup event in Lake Louise in 2010 and then, after battling back to fitness, re-broke her leg again last August.
Slalom specialist Dave Ryding is attempting to make his second Olympic appearance in Sochi, after ranking 27th four years ago at Vancouver 2010.
Ryding, nicknamed Rocket by teammates, enjoyed a successful 2013 campaign, becoming the first British skier ever to win an overall Europa Cup title, alpine skiing's second tier tour.
Reigning British champion Dougie Crawford is looking to make his Olympic debut after narrowly missing out on selection four years ago and is bidding to capitalise on his encouraging World Championship debut in 2009, when he ranked 21st in the men’s downhill.
TJ Baldwin is also attempting to graduate from promising junior to the senior team, after winning the overall British title in 2012.