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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 16:04 GMT
Alcott elated at downhill result
Chemmy Alcott
My coach gave me a choice to be either fast or scared - I chose to be fast
Britain's Chemmy Alcott
Britain's Chemmy Alcott said her remarkable 11th place in the women's downhill could act as a launchpad for her appearance in Sunday's super-G.

The 23-year-old registered the best Olympic result for a British female skier since 1968.

"I didn't expect anything in the downhill event," said Alcott.

"I expected to do better in the super-G so it takes the pressure off. I can go hell for leather in that as I've got an 11th place under my belt."

Alcott's performance was Britain's best Olympic skiing result since downhiller Martin Bell's eighth place in Calgary in 1988, and the best by a woman since Gina Hathorn finished fourth in the Grenoble slalom of 1968.

Starting 14th on an overcast day at San Sicario, Alcott clocked one minute 57.85 seconds to temporarily secure second place behind Austria's Alexandra Meissnitzer.

But she had to watch as she was bumped down the leaderboard, finishing 1.36secs behind winner Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria.

Alcott said she could have ended higher up the standings if her finish had gone to plan.

"I'm kind of disappointed now because I know that my splits [times] are all fast except at the bottom," she said.

"But when I'm on the edge, I make mistakes, so that's expected."

A surprised Alcott said her success was mainly down to her bold approach to the race.

"My coach gave me a choice to be either fast or scared," said Alcott, who was 32nd four years ago in Salt Lake City.

"I chose to be fast, even though my skiing was a bit messy.

"But I got my start going and I felt good, I was so relaxed.

I'm always on the limit
Britain's Chemmy Alcott

"I'm so stoked. I just pulled that out of the bag, I did not think that was coming."

Alcott attacked the course despite the poor visibility in San Sicario.

"I think that kind of light helped me because I'm not a scared person so that doesn't influence the way I ski," she said.

"I'm always on the limit. In a way it was probably better for me because I'm going to ski that way anyway. If the weather's good everyone else just goes faster."

Alcott - whose real first name is Chimene, after Sophia Loren's character in El Cid - said her Olympic display would help her move on after a previous ninth place in the World Cup.

"I was ninth in the World Cup, and that was two years ago - and I've got to stop dwelling on that," she said.

"Now I've got something else to dwell on."


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15 Feb 06 |  Winter Sports

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