Kings Langley skiing star Eleanor Scranage-Harrison came back just months after recovering from a serious injury in style as she collected several medals at the English Alpine Skiing Championships in Bormio, Italy last month.
The 16-year-old had to take eight months out of the sport with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in April last year.
However, she proved that she is amongst Britain’s best skiing talents at her fifth consecutive appearance at the championships.
She received bronze medals in two Super G events, a bronze in the overall U16, a silver in the slalom and finished fifth in GS.
Before the event, Eleanor didn’t have many expectations.
She said: “I wasn’t really expecting too much but I hoped to podium in at least one event.
“I was really pleased with all my results, especially slalom as I won the second run of the race.”
Slalom is Eleanor’s best event as she is able to train for it in the UK.
She continued: “I was pleased with all the events but I expected most from slalom as I’d trained the most in that in the UK. You can’t train for the others in the UK.”
Eleanor was really happy with how her knee felt during the championships after her injury.
She explained: “I was out of sport for weight months because of my knee. I had to have surgery in May to reconstruct the ligaments and I missed the start of the season.
“My knee is feeling perfect again.”
Everyone was extremely pleased with Eleanor’s performance at the championships.
She explained: “Everyone was really proud of me. My sponsor really helped to make it all possible for me to get there. He was really happy with the results as well.”
Ambition Racing head coach Marc Telling added: “After a tough 2016/17 season and long period of rehab following a serious knee injury, Eleanor has bounced back and proved that she can mix it with the best girls her age.
“She is becoming more consistent in her performances and this should put her in a great position going into the U18 category next year.
“Congratulations to Eleanor and Rob Bullen, her coach, on a successful English Championships.”
Eleanor is now looking forward to upcoming events.
She said: “I have my GB international selection in March and the British Alpine Championships in April.
“I’m hoping to medal in one event there, hopefully slalom as it’s my best discipline but who knows.” Written by Amy Pollard
Picture: 2018 Jan English Championships Bormio. Credit Foto Sosio, Bormio