As the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea continue, Great Britain’s Rowan Cheshire is a name to watch out for.
The 22-year-old skier competes in the halfpipe and was a bronze medal winner at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
Cheshire makes her return to the slopes after a vicious crash left her unable to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It was the first of three serious head injuries that Cheshire suffered, with the concussions threatening her longevity in the sport.
“I took a lot of time off when other people were progressing or training,” she said, via the Telegraph. “I was in rehab, seeing psychologists and dealing with all that, and every time I came back I would get another one [concussion]. So my progression was frozen at that point. I had to come back from scratch.
Wasn't the best day yesterday, still don't remember much! Thanks everyone for the lovely messages pic.twitter.com/qVG8eET3BV
— Rowan Cheshire (@Rowancheshire) February 17, 2014
“I felt physically fine, but the mental side of it was difficult – the anxiety. I did not want to leave the house by myself, so my mum had to come to appointments with me. Even when that wore off I would get emotional at things I did not want to get emotional at because they were really little. That was a big thing to get over, and it did take quite a few months.”
Cheshire will have her shot at the gold when the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe takes place on Sunday, Feb. 18.
The full Great Britain Olympic team can be seen below:
|Lloyd Wallace||Men’s aerials|
|Murray Buchan||Men’s halfpipe|
|Rowan Cheshire||Women’s halfpipe|
|Emily Sarsfield||Women’s ski cross|
|Tyler Harding||Men’s slopestyle|
|Isabel Atkin||Women’s slopestyle|