Chemmy Alcott

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Chimene "Chemmy" Mary Alcott (born July 10, 1982, in Twickenham, Middlesex, Greater London) is the current female British number one alpine ski racer, and competes on the World Cup circuit in all five disciplines: downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined.

Alcott has competed in three Winter Olympic Games and six FIS World Championships. She is the five-time Overall Senior British National Champion (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008).

She suffered a broken leg in training in Canada on December 2, 2010, and is out of competition for the 2011 World Cup season.

Early life

Alcott is named after Sophia Loren's character in the film El Cid. She started skiing at 18 months old on a family holiday in Flaine, France and first raced at the age of three.

In 1993 Alcott won the Etoile D'Or French Village Ski Championship, becoming a member of the British Junior Alpine team in 1994 and won the 1995 Sunday Times Junior Sportswoman of the Year award. Every British summer from the age of eleven to nineteen, Alcott travelled to New Zealand in order to train in the antipodean winter.

Aged twelve, Alcott broke her neck in a skiing accident, recovering with two of her vertebrae fused together. She still carries x-rays of the injury so that if she is ever in an accident, the...
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