Chemmy Alcott is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest-ever skiers. Appearing at four Olympic Games and being the only British female skier ever to win a World Cup run, Chemmy ranked as high as eight in the world, and became British National Overall Champion an impressive seven times.
Chemmy retired from professional competing in 2014, and has since gone on to become a sporting pundit, TV personality, keynote speaker and corporate event host.
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Chemmy Alcott received her first set of skis aged 18 months, began racing at aged 3, joined competitive racing at 8, and never looked back. However, her run to the top was not without its challenges, having injured herself and broken over 45 bones in her career, starting with a broken neck at age 12, and including a broken foot, broken ankle, and double fractured right leg.
She started winning medals early in her career, with six gold medals at the Junior British National Alpine Ski Championships and a silver and bronze at the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival. In 2002, she won every title on offer in her final junior championships. In 2005, she was awarded the Sunday Times Junior Sportswoman of the Year.
She made her Olympics debut in Salt Lake City in 2002, appearing in the subsequent three in Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi. Throughout her senior career, she won an astounding 37 gold medals at the Senior British National Alpine Ski Championships, won gold in 5 separate Super G events, gold medals in giant slalom over seven years and slalom over six.
Charity work is very important to Chemmy, and she is an ambassador for several good causes and participates in fundraising activities. She is an ambassador for Right to Play, Ski4Cancer, SnowCamp, and United Learning and raises money for underdeveloped countries to promote sport in education. Her fundraising endeavours always rely on her athleticism; she has participated in the World’s Toughest Ski Race in Greenland, a 100-mile road race in London, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising almost £1,000,000 for charity.
She herself is the founder of the X-Elle Initiative, which was developed to increase girls’ confidence in sports.
Since retiring, Chemmy has become a familiar face on our TV screens, being part of the BBC’s Winter Olympic commentary team, presenting Ski Sunday (2023), and appearing on ESPN, Eurosport, and Sky Sports. She has also appeared as a guest or competitor on A League of Their Own (2019), Richard Osman’s House of Games (2018), Pointless Celebrities (2016-2018), Alan Davies Après Ski (2014), and Dancing on Ice (2012) – where she placed fifth. She is very popular on social media and has a following of over 117,000 across platforms.
Chemmy is one of the most in-demand Olympic speakers on the circuit. With years of sporting experience, broadcasting experience, and charity work, combined with her down-to-earth nature, Chemmy can inspire and motivate any audience, from school pupils to business leaders.
– Goal Setting
– Overcoming Adversity
– TV Work
– Winter Sports
– Win or Learn: Taking Risks, Pushing Boundaries, and Developing a Growth Mindset
– Overcoming the Fear of Failure to Live Your Fullest Life
– Balancing Your Personal and Professional Lives
Chemmy was fantastic. Fun, engaging and loved by all.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you, your passion and enthusiasm for what we are trying to do and your commitment to helping young people progress in life are truly infectious. Thanks for your commitment to Equity and for helping us to drive home the life skills and benefits that young people can get from our trips.
Carly Doyle, Equity