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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 19:03 GMT
Cruickshank wins place at Games
Roger Cruickshank
Cruickshank has battled back from serious injury
Scottish skier Roger Cruickshank has qualified for next month's Winter Olympics - less than a year after being told he would never compete again.

Last March Cruickshank suffered a crash which shattered his left tibia and required a metal plate with nine pins to be inserted permanently in his leg.

But Cruickshank has sealed his Olympic dream by finishing 17th in a Europa Cup downhill race in Sella Nevea, Italy.

A top-20 finish was good enough for Cruickshank to rubber-stamp his place.

The Great Britain alpine team will be officially announced by the British Olympic Association on 25 January.

And the 23-year-old RAF flying officer from Banchory said: "It is just starting to sink in, and I refused to believe it until I heard the words uttered by our performance director.

"It is an amazing feeling after what I have been through, getting back from my injury. But it is a triumph for mind over matter, and I can't wait for the opportunity."

Cruickshank will now target the World Cup downhill in Chamonix in the first week of February as ideal preparation for his appearance at the Games in Turin.

He added: "I am starting to ski really fast now, and my ultimate goal for the Olympics is to get a top-10 finish - which I believe is possible.

"Having said that, I will also just be happy to be there and enjoy the experience after all I have been through. I hope that will all contribute to me skiing as fast as I can."


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