- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) - British skier Chemmy Alcott is surprising even herself in her comeback for the Sochi Olympics.

In her first week back on the circuit after breaking her right leg in August, Alcott finished in the points with a 23rd-place finish in a super-G Sunday - then celebrated with a loud scream.

“It was because I was so shocked. I almost missed a couple of gates. So I was like, ‘Really? Wow!’ I was probably celebrating more than the person who won (Switzerland’s Lara Gut),” Alcott said. “But I don’t care. I’m happy. No one knows but me and all the guys on my team how hard I worked.”

Having broken her leg on three occasions and having had four surgeries, Alcott has a 15-inch (38-centimeter) nail holding the bones together inside her leg.

She felt some pain after a fall in training Saturday.

“Last night was tough, because my knee was really sore - right where the metal nail goes into the knee,” she said. “It’s pretty aggravated. Then I fell over before the start going into the toilet.”

Starting with the No. 50 bib, Alcott was only aiming for a placing in the top 40.

Points are handed out to the top-30 finishers.

“For your fourth race back, to score World Cup points I’m ecstatic,” Alcott said. “That’s incredible. … I feel great going into the Olympics like this.”

Other skiers came over and complemented Alcott for her run.

“That was a massive, great surprise,” she said.

Alcott was planning to train more this week but she changed her mind and will now go home for a few days before flying to Sochi.

“I know how to ski fast,” she said. “It’s more about giving my body the breaks so when I get to Sochi it’s ready to go on the limit.”

Sochi will be the 31-year-old Alcott’s fourth Olympics. She finished 11th in the downhill at the 2006 Turin Games for the best Olympic performance by a British female skier since 1968 then was 11th again in the super-combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

In Sochi, she is scheduled to ski only super-G and downhill - for now.

“I want to race everything except the slalom,” Alcott said. “Hopefully they’ll see that result and say, ‘Maybe we should let her ski the GS, too’ - because that was a tight super-G.”

Alcott then limped away from the finish area using her left ski pole as a crutch to support herself.


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