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Chemmy Alcott back on skis
Thursday May 31, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

Britain's number one female ski racer is back on snow for the first time since her horrific accident in Canada in 2010 when she broke her leg. She is currently training on a glacier in Austria. She has been speaking of her delight to be back on her skis.

For Chemmy Alcott it has been a long time coming.

It is the start of her road back to racing that she hopes will lead to medal success at the next winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

It has been 17 months and two weeks since the injury on downhill training in December 2010. She had an open fracture of her lower right leg after the high speed crash.

It will be a long journey to get back to competing with the best in the world.

She is staying in an apartment in the Austrian resort of Zell am See and has been training on the nearby Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun.

The glacier is popular with national ski race teams outside the winter months and many do summer training and pre-season camps on the glacier.

It has a good level of snow at the moment and some steep slopes.

"Skied today for the first time since 2nd Dec 2010. As expected there was a bit of pain and discomfort with the metal work, but the great news is the faster I went the less I felt my leg wohoo!" she said after her first day last Sunday, May 27th.

"Not that I went fast as I was under strict instructions on post injury ski rehab!! Can't wait until tomorrow, and the next day and the day after and all the other snowy days that I will have in my life!!"

Before skiing she expressed mixed emotions. "I am really, really excited for this day to happen... and realy, really nervous."

She is with her partner the British racer, Dougie Crawford, who is also skiing for the first time since injury.

We interviewed Chemmy earler this year and she told us that she would like to be with Dougie when she put her skis back on.

"Ideally I would like it to be with Dougie but that is unlikely because I really need to be with someone who is medically trained. Where I ski is not important. What is important however is that I am with the best possible physio I can find," she told us back in March.  Seems she was wrong about being able to do it with Dougie.

He broke his ankle just after Christmas after crashing in GS training.

"I went to hospital that afternoon and was told I wouldn't ski for 12 weeks just as I was getting back to good racing form. Gutted doesn't begin to cover it," was how he described it to us at PlanetSKI.

Chemmy has tweeted the photo below from Kaprun and made this comment; "With my best friend and coach helping me through these first tough but amazing days thank you"

Chemmy and DougieChemmy and Dougie in Kaprun













Chemmy has had a longer road back to recovery and has a detailed plan to ease her back into skiing.

Many athletes who suffer serious injury come back too soon and too quickly and there is a real danger of doing further damage.

"It will be one day on, one day off. They will be holding me back and constantly checking my leg," she told us.

She underwent a fitness test last week to get the final all-clear and despite being nervous she said she was really excited.

She skied slowly and well with in her limits. She did some turns on one leg - including the right one that she broke.

For a video of Chemmy in Kaprun this week that was filmed by Dougie see this link.

Chemmy has of course raised her profile in the UK with her appearance on Dancing on Ice, see here for our reports on her performance. 

She did well in the competition and was widely regarded to be one of the best skaters but it was diffcult for her to get the public vote when she was up against well-known soap stars and others.

It certainly raised her profile though and the image of one of our best ski racers.

She even did a few photo shoots that were little to do with skiing.

Glamour girlGlamour girl

















Chemmy returns to the UK next week and we will have full details on PlanetSKI of how it went when she gets back.

We wish her all the very best in her road to recovery.

One person that has sent her best wishes on Facebook is the former UK racer, Emma Carrick-Anderson.

For our story at the time on Chemmy's injury then see here. 

The photo below is of her injury that she took in hospital shortly after the operation.

The injuryThe injury













Hopefully though it will be similar images to the one below that we will soon be seeing of Chemmy.

  Chemmy in actionChemmy in Olympic action










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