Champ Crawford edges closer to Olympics place

Britsh champs GS dougie crawford
Britsh champs GS dougie crawford

TOP downhill skier Dougie Crawford says he is on track to compete at next year’s winter Olympics following his recent victory at the British Championships in Meribel, France.

The 26-year-old from Bearsden won the downhill super G, combined and overall, to regain the title he won at the same venue in 2010.

The former High School of Glasgow pupil has only recently got back to competitive action following a groin injury at the end of 2011 which required surgery.

He said: “It is great to be back at the top level. There is still a long way to go for the selection to the British Olympic squad for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia next year, but this is the first step.”

The skier, who is now based full time in the Austrian resort of Zell am See, added: “There were some top guys here from France and Italy making the races very competitive.

“I skied really well but made a few mistakes so sadly I’ve not made as good FIS points as I could have but it was a great few days nonetheless.”

Crawford’s success in Meribel wrapped up his third overall title and second Victor Ludorum award which confirmed him as the current British number one alpine ski racer.

As the skiing season draws to a close Crawford is looking to build on his recent success and get fitter and stronger for Sochi next February.

However, he will need to secure sponsorship to travel to the southern hemisphere this summer to train in either Chile or New Zealand.

His dad Gordon said: “Dougie is now fully recovered from his injury. In the last nine British senior races he has competed in, he has won seven of them and had a podium place in the other two.”

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