Chemmy Alcott

Chemmy Alcott

Named after Sophia Loren's character in the film El Cid, Chemmy started skiing aged 18 months while on a family trip to France, she skied in her first fun race at the age of three and started competing at the age of eight.

Her skiing career almost ended when she sustained a broken neck aged 12. Chemmy bounced back throughout her teenage years to become part of the GB Olympic Ski Team; as well as getting 4 A's at A Level.


Chemmy's been the number one British woman skier for a record seven years, was Britain's only female representative in the World Cup and is the highest ranked female British skier ever. Alcott's enthusiasm for training and competition has won her a lot of admirers - particularly fellow skiers, who respect her dedication and sheer determination.

At the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006, despite missing races and crucial training due to injury, she took 11th place in the downhill; an incredible feat of grit and determination and the best result by a British female skier since the 1968 Games in Grenoble.

After surgery and six months away from skiing, Chemmy returned to competition and blitzed her way to top 15 finishes in the downhill and recorded her best-ever World Cup finish - seventh in the super-combined event.

She started the 2008/09 season with her best ever finish, 10th place in the World Giant Slalom event in Soelden, Austria. Unfortunately the following week Chemmy broke her ankle. A quick recovery saw Chemmy perform with real promise at the 2009 World Championship finishing in 15th place in the Downhill event, her best result in this event to date and during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Chemmy managed to equal her previous best performance finishing in 11th place.

In 2010, on the eve of the opening day of the World Cup downhill race, Chemmy broke her leg in two places after crashing during training resulting in her being unable to ski for the rest of the season. Since her accident Chemmy has concentrated her energy on getting fit and ready to ski again but has also used her time to concentrate on other non-ski related passions including skydiving, windsurfing and mountain climbing. She has also focused her time on a number of different charity campaigns.

Chemmy has become a familiar face on TV having appeared on Sky Sports News, Fifth Gear, British Eurosport, Ski Sunday, Fit to Ski, Talk of the Terrace, A League Of Their Own and A Question Of Sport and Dancing on Ice.



"Absolutely brilliant! She really created an incredible buzz, and I can't think of a better way to have kicked off our festival. The girls were so energized and exhilarated by the presentation, and I'm so grateful that Chemmy was able to spare the extra time beforehand to judge the photography competition and to share supper with us afterwards. It really was a brilliant evening" October 2014