As a 4x Winter Olympian, a career high ranking of 8th in the World, 7x British National Overall Champion and the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup, Chemmy Alcott is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever skiers.
In a time where competing at a Winter Olympics was unusual for a British athlete, Chemmy defied the odds and pioneered a skiing movement that has inspired a generation. Resulting in not just skiers, but British Winter Sport athletes as a whole seeing the Winter Olympics as a realistic and achievable goal.
Since retiring from competing on the world stage after The Sochi Olympics in 2014, Chemmy has immersed herself in the world of TV & media, where she now presents for the BBC on Ski Sunday and commentates on the World Cup Ski Series for Eurosport amongst being a guest on many other show.
Chemmy continues to constantly push her body to the limit, competing in multiple physical challenges including the World’s Toughest Ski Race in Greenland, the 100-mile road race in London and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over £800,000 for charity in the process.
Chemmy is committed to inspiring the next generation and educating people from all over the world through sport. Most notably, she created the ‘X-Elle’ scheme, which aims to develop girl’s confidence through sports she helps give them the confidence to create big dreams and do everything humanly possible to achieve them.
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Who is Chemmy
Growing up in a ski mad family
Being inspired by her older brother
Starting to ski at 18 months old and doing her first race at 3 yrs
The fear of falling over
Loving tennis and skiing
Going to her first big event at 11 years old and winning
Education and skiing
Spending the summer months in New Zealand
Female role models in skiing
Wanting to be a speed skier
Meeting and racing against her idol
Breaking her neck in a ski accident…
Having a fused neck and having to travel with an x-ray
Fear of failure and the fear of letting people down
Learning to control her mind and finding a way to help herself
Only being able to ski at 80%
Winning her run in the world cup
What’s going through her head at the start of the race
Trying to replicate training runs more
Learning to stay in the present moment
Funding your life as an Olympian
Not getting any support from the government
Having to back yourself and be confident
Recovering from injury
Having tiny daily goals
Doing the Words Toughest Ski Race in Greenland
Getting into endurance sports
Making the brutal decision to retire from professional sport
Dreaming of becoming a presenter on ski Sunday
Wanting to become a mum
How life has changed having 2 children
Taking the children out skiing
Skiing in a chilled way….
Using sport to help improve confidence