With heavy snow forecast in Whistler for the next 5 days, it looks like the XXI Winter Olympics are going to get off to a great start.
Team GB are counting down the hours until the Games begin and with US alpine skier Lindsey Vonn’s participation in jeopardy due to a standing injury, a GB medal in alpine skiing is looking ever more promising for Chemmy Alcott. The 27-year-old is due to compete in slalom, giant slalom, super G and super combined and will also be involved in the downhill event, hurtling down Whistler’s Franz’s course at speeds of around 100 kilometres per hour.
“I feel like if everything goes perfectly on the day, I would be in with a really good chance of winning,” stated the Chemmy in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Right now I’m the strongest in the giant slalom and the super G, but I know I can pull out a result in the downhill. Skiing is so much about confidence that if you start skiing well in one discipline, you will be a threat in all of them. All I can do is control my own journey to the Olympics and make sure my preparation, my mental strength and everything else peaks for that time. I haven’t had that consistency yet in a run so I know I’m going completely as an outsider, but still I’ve got a massive amount of self-belief.”
Good luck Chemmy!
Other medal hopefuls are Shelley Rudman (skeleton), Nicola Minichiello (bobsleigh), Adam Rosen (luge) & Gillian Cooke (bobsleigh).