Freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire has announced her retirement from the sport after admitting her body and mind can't keep up with the pace of it anymore.
The 24-year-old made history in Calgary when she became the first British female skier to win a halfpipe competition at an FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup event in 2014.
But after struggling to recover from a series of concussions throughout her career, Cheshire has decided to explore further endeavours, including a degree in sport and business management at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“I feel so privileged to have spent the last nine years pursuing the crazy sport that I love,” Britain’s most successful Olympic halfpipe skier said.
“But my body and mind just can’t cope with it anymore and I have enjoyed exploring different avenues this year during my rehabilitation.
“The synergy between your body and mind - particularly when competing in professional sport - has to be seamless and for me, that has been the most interesting part of this decision.
“If my mind’s not up to the task then I could potentially put myself in a dangerous position out there on the mount.”
Today marks 2 years since I competed in the Peongchang Olympic finals in Korea, I can’t believe how fast the last 2 years have gone and how much for me has changed. However this post is actually about more than just me reminiscing... as some of you have probably guessed from my recent content, I have taken a step back from skiing and competing. I have finally come to the decision to retire from my career as an athlete. It has been a really difficult one for me to make, something I have struggled to come to terms with but due to the head injuries I have suffered over the last few years and the consequences they have had on both my mental and physical health, I feel that it is time to step away. I feel in a really good place and am now looking to the future and focussing on my other passions and goals, which I am extremely excited about and can’t wait to share with you all. I am still incredibly passionate about the sport and I can’t wait to cheer on all my friends and fellow athletes at the next Olympics 💪🏼 I’d like to say a massive thank you to my family, friends, my amazing coaches Pat and Jamie, all the support staff, the National Lottery, The British Olympic Association, GB Snowsport and UK Sport for their ongoing support and of course, every fan who watched me compete and help motivate and inspire me to succeed. Being a part of Team GB at the Winter Olympics was a dream come true and I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to compete. I hope in the future I can inspire people to take up sport, achieve their goals, find their passion and recognise the positive impact physical activity can have on your mental health. Row x
A former Junior World Championship bronze medallist, Cheshire competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and finished seventh in the halfpipe discipline, four years after she had to withdraw following an injury in the build up to Sochi 2014.
“I’d like to thank my coaches Pat and Jamie, my family, the National Lottery, The British Olympic Association, GB Snowsport and UK Sport for their on-going support and of course, every fan who watched me compete and helped motivate and inspire me to succeed,” added Cheshire.
“Being a part of Team GB at the Winter Olympics was a dream come true and I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to compete.
“I hope in the future I can inspire people to take up sport, achieve their goals, find their passion and recognise the positive impact physical activity can have on your mental health.”