Chemmy Alcott delivered one of her best World Cup performances of the season with a highly creditable 12th placing in today’s FIS World Cup Super Combined (Downhill and Slalom) event in Tarvisio, Italy.
The Twickenham athlete scored her best World Cup position since finishing 10th in the Giant Slalom at Soelden, Austria, in October, shortly before she broke her ankle in training. It was also Alcott’s second best-ever placing in the World Cup Super Combined event, having finished 7th in Reiteralm, Austria, in December 2006.
She said: “It’s great to be back in Tarvisio, I’ve had good results here before. The downhill here is a course you can’t make any mistakes on, and I made a couple and that is where I lost some time. However, this gave me a good start position for the Slalom and I felt like I really used this, I really enjoyed the race.
“I’m pleased with my Slalom race, the pre season training has obviously paid off. When I finished my run I looked up to see that I had beaten the current leader, one of the Swedish girls who is a Slalom specialist so I knew it must have been a good run.
“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the races here and then we are off to Bulgaria, I’ve never raced there and I always enjoy going somewhere new.”
Alcott’s performance just three months after breaking her ankle and having six weeks of enforced lay-off augurs well for next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver in which she remains Team GB’s best hope of a skiing medal.
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