09 February 2017

Delancey British Alpine's Charlie Guest: One Year to Go to PyeongChang 2018 #1YTG

The 9th February 2017 officially marks one year to go until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018. We're celebrating this exciting milestone with a series of British Ski & Snowboard athlete interviews from across the disciplines, giving you an insight into their pre-Olympic aspirations and plans.

We spoke to Delancey British Alpine skier Charlie Guest last week who has been racing on the Alpine World Cup circuit since 2015 and would be thrilled to race at her first Olympic Games.

Charlie Guest at the Delancey British Championships | Photo Credit: Racer Ready

How is this season going? What have been the highs and lows? 

To be honest, my season has been off to an annoyingly slow start, but with every training session my confidence is getting better and I am really really excited for the next races. My highs definitey include the World Cups throughout January, especially in Flachau. I had some great sections and was close to my first ever qualification for the top 30. 

What are your ambitions for the remainder of the season?

I am aiming for a couple of top 10 finishes over the next four Europa Cups alongside some FIS wins. With World Champs creeping closer and closer, I will be looking for a top 25 finish in the slalom. I also am incredibly excited about getting back into GS racing for the first time in two years .

Tell us about your funding and how people can help support you? 

Currently I am almost completely self-funded and have to really thank every single member of my family who has pulled together to allow me to continue my skiing career. I do recieve funding awards from Sport Scotland, The Ladies Ski Club and the Robertson Trust through Sports Aid - all who make a massive difference to my every day training and allow my coach, Stef and me to run a complete programme. I have equipment sponsors in HEAD, LEKI, TEKO, UVEX and Sterling O'Keefe who keep me ready for anything so a massive thanks has to go out to them.

I have just signed a 2 year contract with MPI insurance brokers who specialise in insurance policies for ski holidays, gap years and adventures - so whether you are going away for 10 days or even a whole year, you can find a policy to suit you. By using this link ( https://retail.mpibrokers.com/charlieguest#/start ) to find your ideal policy in order to keep yourself protected on the slopes, you will also be helping to fund my path to the Olympic Games!

Have you started thinking about PyeongChang 2018 yet? 

I have to say that I haven't really thought about it all that much. I was obviously happy to get the Qualification mark ticked off in early January, so I can focus now on the upcoming World Championships and Europa Cup for the rest of the season. 

What will you most look forward to if you make it to PyeongChang 2018? 

It will be my first Olympic Games, I think I would be most excited about being a part of Team GB. I saw the success that Team GB had in Rio and that obviously inspires me to keep working towards PyeongChang. Of course I will be 100% pumped at the top of my races, but to be part of such an iconic team would be really special.

What other sport would you most look forward to watching if you make it to PyeongChang 2018? 

I have spent a few summers training in Stirling alongside both Eve Muirheads curling team, and some guys from the GB Park and Pipe squad. So to see them in action as well and give them my support would be cool.

Why should young people consider taking up your sport?

Skiing is such a great sport in that you get to travel to some of the most amazing destinations in the world. No two venues or two days are ever the same and that continuous change keeps things exciting and always creates new possibilities for you along the way. 

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