Sochi 2014: Cheshire looked like a 'rag doll' after concussion crash

By Nick HopeBBC Olympic sports reporter in Sochi
Cheshire 'can't recall anything' of crash

British freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire has described the crash which ruled her out of the Sochi Winter Olympics as the "worst" of her career.

Cheshire, 18, was knocked unconscious after a heavy fall in training on Sunday and spent the night in hospital.

She recalls nothing of the accident and will continue to undergo tests upon her return to the UK next week.

"My head is still not 100%. I feel a bit foggy and a bit distant - like I'm in a dream," she told BBC Sport.

"I've had bad falls before but never done anything this serious, it's the worst I've ever had."

The skier admits that curiosity meant she could not resist watching a television replay of her crash, but now has mixed emotions having seen it.

"I don't know why I chose to watch it, but I did and it was kind of brutal," she said.

"It was not so much the fall as just looking like a ragdoll when I'd fallen down so it wasn't pleasant - it was so weird."

Cheshire won her maiden World Cup title in Calgary, Canada last month and had been tipped as a potential medal contender in halfpipe skiing's Olympic debut.

However, she was forced to watch on as USA's Maddie Bowman became the sport's first Olympic champion.

"I'm still a bit disappointed and it was a bit upsetting, but I'm really happy for all of the girls that were in there and I'm proud of myself for making it here."

Whilst some Team GB athletes like Elise Christie have suffered social media abuse during the Games, Cheshire says the support she has received online helped raise her spirits.

"It's crazy," she said. "I didn't expect it to blow up that much.

"I woke up in the morning [in hospital] and wondered how everyone knew about it.

"It didn't seem like a big deal to me at the time and then everyone's messages came through and it's amazing. I couldn't appreciate it any more."

Cheshire will fly back to the UK on Monday with the rest of the Team GB squad and is due to receive daily check-ups for the coming weeks.

However, she insists the experience has not put her off the sport and intends to return to the slopes later in the year before targeting the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"I will recover fine, I just really need to keep it mellow and chilled, not even doing gym work or anything like that," Cheshire said.

"It definitely makes me want to go all out again, do my best and push the sport even more."