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Rising skiing star from Kingston is hitting the slopes for Team GB

PUBLISHED: 14:50 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:19 20 February 2013

Rising skiing star from Kingston is hitting the slopes for Team GB

Rising skiing star from Kingston is hitting the slopes for Team GB

A 16-year-old from Kingston has established herself as one of Team GB's strongest skiers by topping the podium at the English Alpine Championships and British Alpine Championships.

A 16-year-old from Kingston has established herself as one of Team GB's strongest skiers by topping the podium at the English Alpine Championships and British Alpine Championships.


Ranked as Team GBs top junior female, Darcie Mead, who spends most of the year based out of the Team Evolution training facility in Austria training alongside other British Ski Team athletes, will move into the worlds Top 50 after recent results.


She has spent the summer training hard in France, Austria and South America, where she scored personal


best results in the speed discipline of Super G, finishing in fourth place at the International South American Cup races.


Everything seems to be coming together for me at the moment, says Darcie. I love the whole atmosphere. We have our own training base in Austria, where I am surrounded by everything I need to be at the top of my game.


Ive got great teammates and top coaching and am managing to balance my training with my daily schooling, meaning I can improve in all areas.


First shooting to prominence at last seasons English Alpine Championships, Darcie finished took third place in the International Super G, winning the English Alpine Title along the way, despite being in her debut season as a junior racer.


She backed these results up at the British Alpine Championships, taking home the overall British junior girls title and proving that she has the talent to go all the way.


This year for Darcie is going to be the toughest to date, says head coach, Paul Telling. She has been selected to the British Junior Team, shortlisted to be part of Team GB for the European Youth Olympics, and will be moving into her A Level year.


Luckily she is really well focused on the bigger picture and has already spent the summer putting in the hours to make sure shes developing in the right direction.


Darcie will spend another season training in Austria with Team Evolution while travelling to represent Team GB in International competitions, and end the season by competing at the British Alpine Championships in Meribel once again.

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