Chemmy Alcott announces her retirement

Photograph: Colmar

The four-time Olympian has called time on her ski racing career (Photograph: Colmar)

The ski racing world was delivered some sad news today, as four-time Olympian and Britain’s best-loved ski racer Chemmy Alcott has announced her retirement. The news comes after Alcott enjoyed her fourth Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, finishing 19th in the Downhill, and she will officially retire after the British Championships in Meribel this Easter. The 31-year-old will be hoping to end her career on a high at the Championships by adding to her seven-time winning record as the British Downhill champion.

Some of the Brit’s career highlights include finishing 11th in both the Turin and Vancouver Winter Olympics, as well recording five top 10 World Cup finishes over the years. She has been an inspiration for everyone involved in British ski racing, and she will be sorely missed from the sport. To read a write-up from Racer Ready about Alcott and her career, please click here.

So it’s goodbye to Britain’s most successful ever ski racer, but Alcott’s retirement doesn’t mean her love affair with skiing is over completely, and she has plenty to look forward to with her wedding to fellow ski racer Dougie Crawford taking place in July this year.

The door has now been left wide open for some of the younger female racers making their way up the World Cup ranks to take Alcott’s crown as Britain’s no.1 female racer, but who it’s going to be still remains to be seen…

We wish Chemmy all the best for the future!

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