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Chemmy Alcott - 4X Winter Olympian and one of Great Britain’s greatest ever skiers!

Charlotte Fowles - The Executive Adventurer, solo hiking whilst on chemotherapy & crossing the Australian outback in a 4x4 truck!

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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Show notes

  • 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

  • Keeping fit and active now

  • Quick Fire Questions


Social Media

Instagram @chemmyski

Twitter @chemmyski


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