British skiing pin-up insists she'll be fit for Strictly Come Dancing after shattering leg


Glamourous: Chemmy Alcott, who is also a model, is hopeful that her leg will heal in time for the autumn show

Glamourous: Chemmy Alcott, who is also a model, is hopeful that her leg will heal in time for the autumn show

Britain's top woman skier is facing a race against time to take part in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing after her leg was shattered in an 80mph crash on the slopes.

Chemmy Alcott, 28, a friend of Princes William and Harry and Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips, fractured her right leg in more than a dozen places in the training-session crash in Canada last month.

She feared she would die but was airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery to rebuild the leg, which is now held together with nine screws and a metal plate.

Just a few weeks before the accident, Chemmy had been in talks about starring in the next series of Strictly, which returns in the autumn.

BBC bosses say their offer stands and Chemmy, who is still having intensive treatment, is determined to be fit enough to start training for the show in September.

A source close to the discussions said: ‘Chemmy says she is determined to make it on to Strictly. She says she wants something good to come out of all of this.’

Chemmy’s injuries were so severe, she initially thought she would not survive. She said: ‘I remember going out of the start gate, then taking the jump. After that it’s a blank, except I can recall sliding on my stomach without skis or poles.

‘I could feel my leg was hot and moist. When I was coming down the mountain, on a stretcher beneath the helicopter, I thought I was dying. I have never known pain like it.’

Chemmy, who is the face of Citizen Eco watches and is dating fellow skier Dougie Crawford, has reached eighth in the world rankings.

Horror: Miss Alcott is airlifted to safety in Canada last month after her crash

Horror: Miss Alcott is airlifted to safety in Canada last month after her crash

She met William and Harry skiing in the French Alps and last summer befriended Zara Phillips, 29, who is engaged to England rugby player Mike Tindall.

‘I promised I will take her skiing because Mike can’t go,’ said Chemmy. ‘Rugby players are not allowed to ski.’

TV gardener and chat show host Alan Titchmarsh is also set to dance in the new Strictly series.


 

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