Cheshire looks to future - and a medal in Pyeongchang

18 February 2014 / 13:18

Rowan Cheshire has spoken of her disappointment after being ruled out of competing in tomorrow's Olympic women's ski halfpipe in Sochi.

The decision was made by Cheshire, Team GB chief medical officer Niall Elliott and coach Pat Sharples after she suffered concussion during training on Sunday.

"I am hugely disappointed I won't be abĺe to compete on Thursday. I felt as though I was coming into my best form of the season and had my tricks nailed," said Cheshire.

"I am very grateful for the amazing support I have had from the Team GB medical team and of course my coach Pat Sharples.

"After experiencing what it is like to be at an Olympic Games I am determined to be back in four years time and be up there competing for an Olympic medal.

"I cannot express how grateful I am for all the get well messages and support I have had from everyone here in Sochi and back in the UK. It means a lot."

And coach Sharples also backed the 18-year old to challenge for the medals in four years, after she showed her promise last month, becoming the first British woman skier in 22 years to win a World Cup event.

"We are relieved that Rowan is on the mend but naturally upset for her that she won't be able to compete in Sochi," he said.

"She is only 18 years old, however, and has a bright future ahead of her. I have no doubt she will back in four years time more determined than ever."

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