Winter Olympics 2014: Chemmy Alcott crushed with 23rd-place finish in the women's super-g after downhill jubilation

Skier was overjoyed with her 19th -place finish in the downhill but couldn't push on in what is likely to be her final Olympic appearance

British alpine skier Chemmy Alcott was crushed after finishing 23rd in the ladies' super-g in what is almost certain to be her last event at a Winter Olympics.

The 31-year-old was looking to build on her respectable result in the downhill earlier this week, where she said: "(Finishing) 19th is a gold for me".

Alcott admitted she was guilty of building up her own expectations, and although she managed to complete her run on Saturday, with several athletes crashing out at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, she was left thoroughly unsatisfied.

A time of one minute 29.14 seconds saw her finish 3.62secs adrift of gold medallist Anna Fenninger, with the Londoner left to rue a mistake in the closing stages.

"The other day I had tears of happiness and now I've got tears of frustration," she said.

"It's amazing how quickly your expectations run away with you.

 

"If the super-g had been before the downhill then I'd be in a very different place right now but I expected a lot.

"I'm a racer inside and as soon as I got that downhill result in me, I knew that something could happen today.

"I took some risks and they paid off until this last pitch and I just made a judgement error and had to battle down."

Alcott took little consolation from competing in her fourth Winter Olympics, despite only returning to full-time training in December after breaking her leg for a second time in August.

"I'm not here just to finish, just to compete - even after what I've been through I still wanted to come here and race," she said.

"It's amazing that I can be disappointed with that, knowing that six months ago I was in the hospital, but I am.

"That's because of this racer inside me. I wish she could just be a bit more realistic, but I want results."

As for her future, Alcott said before travelling to Sochi that she had no plans to compete in Pyeongchang 2018, but she will not walk away from alpine skiing just yet.

"I haven't really thought about it, although I know that we've got the World Champs in Beaver Creek next year, which is another cool hill and it'll be another big challenge," she added.

"I'm just going to see what happens but I'm feeling stronger than I have in a long time, so I think I owe it to myself to keep going, but we'll see."

Austria's Fenninger triumphed by over half a second in a time of 1min 25.52secs, with pre-event favourite and super combined gold medallist Maria Hoefl-Riesch having to settle for silver.

The German was 0.55secs adrift, while another Austrian Nicole Hosp earned bronze after finishing a further 0.11secs back.

There was much drama at the start with seven of the first eight racers, and eight of the opening 11, failing to complete the race.

In total, 19 competitors could not make it to the finish line in the sun-softened conditions.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower