An Olympic snowboarder from Hemel Hempstead returned home empty-handed from the Winter Olympics after a disappointing result in Beijng.
Charlotte Bankes, 26, who was born in the town, was Britains strongest medal hope, but sadly failed to place in the top three at the Winter Olympics in Beijing last month.
Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale finished fifth in mixed team event in the semi-final on February 12 after the Hemel snowboarder failed to progress passed the quarter finals in her individual snowboard cross competition.
Reflecting on the pivotal event on social media, Charlotte said: “Gutted and disappointed but so grateful to have this team around me, you enabled me to bounce back. Been a tough week but we can be proud of what we did as a team and big congrats to Huw Nightingal for your first Olympics.
“Thanks for everyone’s support on this journey and all the kind messages, means a lot. This is just another hurdle we have to get over.”
The local snowboarding sensation has raced internationally since age 15 and seen huge success in snowboard cross over the years.
Charlotte has won three World Cup Races, 13 Europa Cup races, is a three-time national champion, two-time Junior World Champion and has previously stood on the podium at the World Championships.
Bankes also finished second at the World Championships, scored a World Cup podium as well as three Europa Cup victories. On February 11, 2021 she became World Snowboard Cross Champion in Idrefjäll, Sweden.