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Skiing - 04. April 2008.

Alcott wins Slalom title at The British Land National Ski Championships

In difficult conditions, falling snow, mild temperatures and
occasional spells of drifting mountain mist in which the floodlights
served only to create an eerie glow over Meribel's Du Corbey slalom
stadium, Chemmy Alcott (25, Twickenham) overcame a sterling challenge
from 17 year old Jayme Baggio (Harpenden, Middx) to win her third
title of these British Land Alpine Ski Championships when triumphed in
the Women's Slalom.


In contrast the Women's race saw age and experience prevail.

Jayme Baggio lead by one third of a second after a fluent first run
but she could not maintain her attack on to the second run, falling
victim to Alcott's big charge.

"I was a little nervous going into the second run and just did not ski
as well as the first. It would have been great to beat Chemmy but I
just never quite got into it the way I did, making some little
mistakes. So, I am a little disappointed, but then if you had told me
this morning I'd be second I'd have taken it gladly." said Baggio.

"Seriously my nails are bitten to bits. I really knew I had to
something to beat Jayme's first run and I pushed really hard with a
big start, and I guess in these conditions my experience helps a bit,
but she skied so well and it is just great to have such a great race."
said overall 2007 champion Alcott, who added Slalom to the Downhill
and Super G titles she has already won this week.

Results: The British Land National Ski Championships, Meribel, France,

Slalom: Women: 1 C Alcott (The British Land Alpine Ski
Team/Twickenham) 1:14.89, 2 J Baggio (Harpenden) 1:16.88, 3 S Readman
(Scottish Alpine Team/Dunblane) 1:20.64, 4 M Sole (English Alpine Ski
Team/Long Compton/Warwks) 1:21.87, 5 C McKinnon (Scottish Alpine Ski
Team/Troon) 1:23.71.

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