Chemmy Alcott, alpine skiing

Chemmy Alcott

Chemmy Alcott is that rare bird: a Brit than can actually ski.

Alcott is Britain's number 1 female downhill skier, ranked 8th in the world and a three-time Olympian.

Unlikely to ever reach the highest ranks of alpine skiing, she is nevertheless a popular feature on the World Cup skiing scene.

Her good looks and bubbly personality make her popular on TV.

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Chemmy Alcott was born July 10, 1982, in Twickenham, Middlesex, Greater London.

Career facts: Chemmy is a rare commodity, a Brit who can compete with the best. She is Britain's top alpine skier.

Alcott is an all-round racer, competing in the downhill, super G, classic combined/super sombined, giant slalom and slalom events.

She had modest hopes of winning a medal at the Vancouver Games, but failed to do so.

She placed 11th place in the downhill and a top-20 finish in the Super-Combined and Super-G.

I've heard I'm getting a pretty hard time at home and I think that's a very unfair situation," Alcott said in response to complaints shehad underperformed.

I guess, statistics-wise, I got the same results as I did in the Turin Olympics, but in the last four years skiing has got very competitive and I've been through a really tough journey in that with my foot surgery, losing my mum and then breaking my ankle last year and having no funding.

2010 Turin Olympics: Alcott finished 11th in the downhill, the best Olympic performance by a British woman skier since the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. Alcott was disqualified from the combined event after the first slalom run because her skis were 0.2mm narrower than the FIS regulations allowed. She was 19th and 22nd in the super G and giant slalom.

Mountain hike: In June 2008, Alcott climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with fellow ski racers Jules Mancuso and Lauren Ross, and Alcott's boyfriend Mark Weaver. The climb raised $30,000 for international humanitarian organization Right To Play.

Quote: I am not at the top of skiing, nowhere near where I believe I can get to, but it's definitely been a long, sometimes tough but very fulfilling journey - it doesn't come easily however. It takes lots of hard work and perseverance so stick to your dreams and fight through the tough days -- I believe it will be worth the effort.

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