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."