Chorley figure skater Stacey Kemp to appear in Olympics
4:34pm Wednesday 5th February 2014 in News
Chorley figure skater Stacey Kemp has beaten serious injury to compete for Team GB in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Stacey and partner David King will represent Team GB in the pairs in Russia.
It will be the second time that Kemp, 25, and King, 29, will have appeared in the Winter Olympics having finished in 16th place in Vancouver in 2010.
The pair, who have been nine-time British champions, currently train at Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club having previously been based at Blackburn Arena.
Kemp, a former Blackburn College student, said she was proud to have been included in the GB squad.
“Our whole four years have been focused towards the Winter Olympics,” she said.
“We have sacrificed so much to get here and we feel so proud to have been selected.
“The buzz you get being part of Team GB, living in the Olympic Village and competing for your country is incredible; we can’t wait to get to start now.”
But the chance only came after Stacey suffered a tear to her posterior cruciate last year year – an injury she feared would bring an end to the figure skating pairs partnership.
But she rested, for ten weeks in total, and after a tumultuous past 12 months, which saw them losing their British title, they qualify but only at the second chance trials.
Stacey said: “I tore the posterior cruciate ligament in my left knee last season. At the time it was touch and go whether I needed surgery or if it would recover naturally.
“But luckily it recovered. I just had to take ten weeks off the ice. At the time it was really scary because we have trained for what feels like most of our lives and it could just have been over.”
The pair begin their Games on Thursday, a day before the official opening ceremony in the team pairs short program.
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