Thankful Guest targets long-term goals following broken back

20 January 2015 / 17:24
Returning alpine skier Charlie Guest insists she still plans to make it to the very top of the sport despite suffering a potentially-career threatening injury last November.
The 21-year-old was out training in Sweden last year when she crashed, fracturing vertebrae in her back after hitting a boulder.
Fast forward two months though and Guest, one of Britain’s brightest female alpine skiing hopes, has been named in the squad for February’s Alpine World Skiing Championships in Colorado.
She is down to take part in the slalom and giant slalom and will race in a few weeks for the first time in Austria or Slovenia as preparation for the championships.
They are set to be her first major international contest as a senior, having won the British title in slalom and giant slalom last year.
But while others may shy away from throwing themselves down a mountain after such injuries, Guest remains focused on forcing her way right into contention in the years to come.
“This injury has just been a setback,” she told BBC Scotland. "It's not going to cause any long-term damage.
"To be thinking about racing in the same season I injured myself in is definitely positive.
"Female skiers don't statistically peak until 27 or 28, so I've got quite a long time left. But I'm hoping in five years I'll be up where I want to be.
"I'm certainly a lot more thankful every day that I'm able to go skiing.
"Before, I used to get quite stressed out about small things and I wouldn't really appreciate being able to come up every day and go skiing."
And despite the disrupted preparation, Guest is still aiming high for the Worlds in Colorado.
"I want to stick with the goals I had before the crash," she added.
"I wanted top 30 to 35 in the giant slalom, so if I can get near that or achieve that it would be great, especially with the setback we've had along the way."
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