Charlie Guest aims for slalom world number one spot

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
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Charlie Guest is one of the UK's best alpine slalom skiers

Scottish skier Charlie Guest is still aiming to become world number one despite breaking her back in November.

On Monday, she was named in the British squad for the slalom and giant slalom at February's Alpine World Skiing Championships in Colorado.

The 21-year-old fractured vertebrae in a training accident in Sweden two months ago.

Asked if she felt she could be the world's best, she said: "Definitely. This injury has just been a setback."

She told BBC Scotland: "It's not going to cause any long-term damage.

"To be thinking about racing in the same season I injured myself in is definitely positive.

"Female skiers don't statistically peak until 27 or 28, so I've got quite a long time left. But I'm hoping in five years I'll be up where I want to be."

The Perth skier excels in the giant slalom and is one of two Scots on the British team for the competition at Beaver Creek - Alexandra Tilley is the other.

Guest believes her pre-accident hopes for this showpiece are achievable.

"I want to stick with the goals I had before the crash," she said.

"I wanted top 30 to 35 in the giant slalom, so if I can get near that or achieve that it would be great, especially with the setback we've had along the way."

Someone who offered valuable support to Guest following her spine trauma was Scottish cyclist Charline Joiner, who suffered a similar injury while training in Girona, Spain, for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

And Guest admitted that the whole experience has left her with a changed perspective.

"I'm certainly a lot more thankful every day that I'm able to go skiing," she said.

"Before, I used to get quite stressed out about small things and I wouldn't really appreciate being able to come up every day and go skiing."

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