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
Saturday 15 February 2014
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.
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