Determined British alpine skier, Charlie Guest has qualified for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang 2018 after solid World Cup results in Maribor, Slovenia and Falchau, Austria last week.
Charlie has battled her way back to the top after a career threatening crash on the slopes in late 2014 left her with four broken vertebrae. Her commitment and fighting spirit saw her return to the slopes a mere 6 weeks after the accident. In an 18 month long journey back to full fitness, she was crowned British Ladies National Slalom Champion after a triumphant win at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in 2016.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Cup tour is the premier circuit for alpine skiing competition. With 175,000 EUR up for grabs in prize money divided among the top 30 finishers, Flachau remains the highest paying race on the ladies’ World Cup circuit and is a favourite with the large crowds who come to enjoy the entertainment and party atmosphere.
Charlie made her FIS World Cup debut at Flachau in 2013. On Tuesday night she finished just 0.8 from making her first top 30, illustrating her performance is now better than ever. “Over the first two split times I was ranked in 35 and gaining, unfortunately I made a mistake coming into the finish over the last roll and dropped back to 42. I am obviously disappointed not to be in the top 30 but to take home another Olympic Qualifying result is a massive positive for me”
The official selection for the Olympic Team won’t be made until this time next year, and Charlie remains focussed on her next result. “I now have a couple of days recovery and a good block of training before heading back into the European Cup circuit. The next races will be in Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland and Bad Wiessee, Germany. I am looking to be firmly inside the top 10 there and they will be important to gain confidence and good form in the run up to the World Championships in February.”
“Qualifying for the 2018 games has been on my goal sheets for as long as I can remember, so it is really special to get that box ticked and now, I can keep concentrating on improving my performances over the next month heading into the World Championships in St.Moritz. I have such an amazing team around me and they are key in every step of the way, so a massive thank you has to go out to them for their support over the last years.”