Turney aims for podium

Anna Turney has vowed to make the podium in Vancouver after having to endure the thrills and spills of Turin 2006 from her hospital bed.


Turney suffered a horror crash in 2006 while training to make the British snowboarding team for Turin which left her with a shattered lower spine and unable to walk again.

With the help of world champion and Paralympic mono-skier Stacy Kohut, Turney forced her way into the British Disabled Ski Team and began her preparations for Vancouver.

But after all the exertions of the past four years, the 30-year-old feels relaxed ahead of Friday's opening ceremony knowing she has finally made it to a Winter Olympics.

"It's exciting but it is also a big relief because I have put in so much work and lots of other people have put a lot of work in for me too," she said.

"I had been working on it for three years so I was desperate to get there.

"For me, even being there is an achievement because I was in hospital watching the 2006 Olympic Games so it has come round very quickly to me going to the Paralympics in Vancouver.

"I always believed I had a chance of getting there and I put pressure on myself to do it a bit.

"You need self-belief and I had that and I picked it up quite quickly so I am confident."

Turney secured her place on the plane by claiming a slalom silver at America's NorAm Cup in December before going on to claim bronze at the Europa Cup in Spain.

But despite her recent success, Turney admits she'll have to dig even deeper if she's to add to her trophy collection in Vancouver.

"I reached the podium in the slalom at the start of the year in the NorAm in Colorado which was great," added Turney.

"But I haven't performed as well as I would have liked in a few of the competitions leading up to the Paralympics.

"My training has been going really, really well, better than ever so I'm very pleased with that but I know I need to produce my training performances on a race day.

"My aim is to ski as fast as I can, which I'm sure will be the same for everyone, but you have to be in it to win it and I'll be giving it my all.

"I'm feeling pretty confident about it and I hope to just to treat it as a normal race and not get too freaked out about it.

"My fitness work has been very geared towards the Paralympics so I feel in great shape."

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