Alpine Skiing - Alcott plans return at scene of horror crash

British skier Chemmy Alcott will return to competitive action in November at Lake Louise - the World Cup venue where she sustained horror injuries nearly two years ago.

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British skiier Chemmy Alcott

The crash during a training run at the Canadian resort in December 2010 left Alcott with broken bones that pierced the skin in her right leg.

The Londoner, now 30, underwent operations to insert nine screws and a metal plate in her leg as she fought to save her career on the slopes.

And now, almost two years to the day since the nightmare accident, the three-times Olympian is set to return from her lengthy layoff when the downhill season heads to Vancouver.

“It was just a freak accident,” said Alcott, who finished 11th in the women's downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“I love that hill and have had some of my best results there. I am really anxious to race now. I can visualise it.”

Alcott resisted the temptation to return in the season-opening World Cup event at Soelden, instead biding her time in a bid to come back a better skier.

“At the end of the day I love to ski. I am not doing it for money - I am doing it because I love it. I have got the rest of my life to retire. I have only got one chance to comeback.

“I think I am a more rounded athlete than I was before the accident. I was very much ‘a bull in a china shop’ before. But within two weeks (of the accident) we were looking at ways in which I could improve.

“If you asked most athletes if they would take a year or two out and have everything taken apart and analysed and put back together they wouldn’t do it as they wouldn’t want to miss events. I was forced to do it and I think it has done me good.

“I have learned more about the physics of the sport. My first day back in training, we had the GPS on me and I reached 123km per hour, which I the fastest I have ever been. I think I am going to be a more mature and tactical racer now.”

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