Tears of joy turned into tears of frustration for Chemmy Alcott as her Winter Olympic career came to a close – but she insists she isn’t done skiing just yet, writes Ryan Bangs.
Alcott described her 19th place in the downhill on Wednesday as like winning gold, and if that was victory, her outing in the Super-G was comparable to fourth.
The 31-year-old former Surbiton High School girl saw a host of skiers crash out early at the top of the course but made a vow to herself that she wouldn’t as she finished 23rd in 1:29.14 minutes.
Alcott was visibly gutted after crossing the finish line at a warm Rosa Khutor and admitted that the downhill had increased her belief for the Super-G.
It was ill advised but, while she won’t be seen at the Olympics again, Alcott will definitely be around for the remainder of the season – and maybe even next year.
“The other day I had tears of happiness and now I have tears of frustration. It is amazing how quickly your expectations run away with you,” she said.
“If the Super-G had been before the downhill I might be in a very different place right now. I expected a lot, I am a racer inside.
“I should have managed my expectations a bit better but I just know if I could do it again I would be a lot better.
“We have still got some World Cups to finish this year, so I will just see if I can keep pushing myself.
“I haven’t really thought about beyond this season. I know that we have got the World Championships in Beaver Creek next year, which is another cool hill.
“It will be another challenge and I am just going to see what happens but I am feeling stronger than I have in a long time so I think I owe it to myself to go.”
There will be no break for Alcott with the World Cup tour resuming a week after the Winter Olympics in Switzerland before heading across Europe to Sweden.
And Alcott believes the fact that she only made her first World Cup appearance last month, as opposed to in October, will see her finish the season on a high.
Alcott won a late – and nervous – fitness test to compete in Sochi having re-broken her leg in August and she’ll ski with confidence next month.
“So I am going to Crans-Montana in Switzerland and Are in Sweden. It is amazing that I can be disappointed knowing that six months ago I was in a hospital but I am and that is because of this racer inside me,” she added.
“I wish she could be a bit more realistic but I want results. I am going into the rest of the season fresh whereas everyone else is a bit tired after the Olympics, there are definitely goals to be achieved.”
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