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Slalom star Guest wins first Europe Cup event

By Gavin Musgrove

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GB slalom star Charlie Guest has notched up the first Europa Cup win of her career.

Guest, who is based in Nethy Bridge, capped off a stellar month of racing with slalom victory at the Europa Cup Finals in Italy.

The 25-year-old led the field after the first run and held onto her advantage to win by 0.28 seconds at Folgaria at the weekend.

She said afterwards that the day had been pretty insane.

Guest said on social media: "This season has definitely taught me to believe in myself and to keep working through the bad days because the great ones are just round the corner... and will be sweet when they arrive.

"Thanks so much to my friends, family, team and sponsors for sticking with me through the rough patches.

"Here is to a great last few weeks of the season."

As well as learning to ski at Cairngorm Mountain, Guest is coached by former Aviemore World Cup slalom skier and Winter Olympian Noel Baxter.

Her victory is GB Snowsport's first Europa Cup ladies slalom win, and the first alpine Europa Cup win since a success by Dave Ryding's in 2013.

A fortnight earlier Guest scored Britain’s best ladies’ alpine Europa Cup result when she was second in Slovakia.

She now joins Ryding, Aviemore's Alain Baxter and Finlay Mickel as the only British alpine skiers to win an event in the FIS Europa Cup - the second tier of racing and a launch pad onto the World Cup.

Guest had her first taste at the age of three on the slopes of Cairngorm and trained there with the Scottish Ski Club until she joined the British Ski Academy in France at 11.

She suffered a serious setback in November 2014 when a training crash resulted in four fractured vertebrae.

In another link with the strath, Nethy Bridge physiotherapist Alison Robb has overseen Guest's battle back to full fitness and return to the top level of the sport.

- Picture by Racer Ready.

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