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Cheshire on mend after fall

British freestyle skier Rowan Cheshire is staying in positive despite having to miss out on her dream of competing at the Winter Olympics.

The 18-year-old, Team GB's second youngest representative in Sochi behind Katie Summerhayes, had to pull out of Thursday's women's ski halfpipe earlier this week after being knocked out in an accident in training that left her with concussion and bruises to her face.

She was unsurprisingly frustrated at her withdrawal from the event, which was making its debut at a Winter Games and was won by American Maddie Bowman, but has refused to get too downbeat.

Cheshire told Press Association Sport: "I was a little bit sad, obviously I really wanted to do it after all the hard work I put in. It was my dream to compete.

"But I'm really happy for all the girls and it's amazing watching the first event happen.

"I still got to be there, I got to watch. I still got to say that I've made it here so it's positive thoughts."

Cheshire attended the event to cheer on compatriot Emma Lonsdale and, after witnessing the competition first hand, believes she may have been able to make her mark at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

"I think I would have been able to get a top five and try and push it," she said.

"But as we've seen in the final anything can really happen, so it's hard to say."

The setback has not dampened her spirit and she is now more determined than ever to showcase the talents that made her an outside contender for a medal at these Games.

"I want to push myself and keep pushing the sport. I love what I do so I would never stop now," she said.

"It has made me a lot hungrier to try and do well in the competitions in the future.

"I just want to prove myself."

Cheshire, who became the first British female skier to win a World Cup halfpipe event after topping the podium at a meeting in Calgary in January, admitted watching her accident was unnerving.

"The crash wasn't that bad, it's more the fact when I hit the floor and get knocked out straight away, I'm rolling on the floor like some rag doll and it's not pleasant to watch my body go limp like that," she said.

While she is not yet fully recovered, she does not think there will be any major side effects.

"I am not bad, still a bit weird, not feeling 100 per cent but I'm getting better," she said.

"The (doctors) said I should be feeling quite a lot better within a week, but it really depends on the person and how bad it really was, so I won't really know until I feel totally fine.

"I should be able to make a totally full recovery without any side effects.

"I'd maybe get a few headaches more than normal, but I don't think it's anything serious, certainly."

The Alsager-born teenager will now rest for a couple of weeks before returning to training.

"The fitness coaches said just to just chill for a week or two just to make sure I'm functioning properly because if I start doing exercise now then I'm going to start feeling really dizzy and start feeling a lot worse," she added.

"I still plan to compete a bit. I'm going home for a couple of weeks and then I'll head out to Europe for training and then a few comps.

"It doesn't really stop for me to be honest."