6 February 2018Alsager skier Rowan Cheshire qualifies for Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
Freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire, from Alsager, has qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang – four years after concussion ruled her out of competition in Sochi.
Cheshire was just 18-years-old when she fell during the final practice at the 2014 Games. She was a medal favourite in the halfpipe event, having won her first World Cup title weeks earlier.
“I found out that I’d been selected last week on Monday – I got a call from one of the office managers,” Cheshire told Staffs Live. “I’d literally just landed off a flight from America, and everyone I was with got the call as well. We went to the official kitting out in Stockport and everyone was super excited, it was kind of like an early Christmas!”
It has been a tumultuous few years for Cheshire since her Sochi heartbreak. The Alsager resident, 22, hit her head a further two times after crashing in Russia, requiring long periods of recovery. Serious side effects of these injuries were battles with anxiety and depression. These saw the young star considering an early retirement in 2015.
“I definitely did consider not actually skiing again,” Cheshire confirmed. “Because it did scare me. But when I told my parents I didn’t want to do it anymore, I would bawl my eyes out, and obviously I didn’t mean what I was saying. And I’m back competing and fully healed now.”
Cheshire is currently in Switzerland with other members of Team GB, undertaking pre-Olympic training. They will head back home for a couple of days before setting off to South Korea.
Of her goals for the event, Cheshire said: “I want to come in the top six of the field in the halfpipe finals. That’s just one of my goals that’s kind of realistic, and I’d be happy to do that. But obviously, every Olympian’s goal is to medal.
“That’s my big goal, and if it happens it will be a dream come true. But yeah, we’ll see. I’m feeling really good and really positive about this one.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially begin in PyeongChang this Friday, February 9th.