Char­lie reaches Olympic stan­dard

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De­ter­mined Alpine skier Char­lie Guest has qual­i­fied for next year’s Winter Olympics af­ter solid World Cup.

The for­mer Strathal­lan School stu­dent, orig­i­nally from St Martins near Bal­beg­gie, met the qual­i­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria for Pyeongchang in South Korea af­ter post­ing good times at events in Mari­bor, Slove­nia and Falchau, Aus­tria.

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 ac­tion a mere six 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.

And at the start of the month, com­pet­ing on the In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion (FIS) Alpine World Cup tour, she fin­ished just 0.8 sec­onds away from mak­ing her first top 30 fin­ish, il­lus­trat­ing her per­for­mance level is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

She said:“Over the first two split times I was ranked 35th 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 fo­cused on her next re­sult.

She ex­plained:“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.”

Re­flect­ing on her qual­i­fi­ca­tion, the tal­ented lo­cal ath­lete added: “Qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 games has been on my goal sheet 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.”

●To fol­low Char­lie’s progress, visit www. char­lieguest.com

Ski star Char­lie Guest has qual­i­fied for next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea

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