March 10, 2015
Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our very special win in Sochi.
It really was an incredible moment to have Sir Philip Craven present us with our gold medals. We’d coveted and worked very hard for our medals for so long, and when they were finally placed around our necks, it was an moment we will never forget! Sir Philip placed that moment in his own top 5 highlights from Sochi 2014.
My lasting memory of the medal presentation was feeling the considerable weight of the gold medal, singing the British national anthem, and realising that it is in such a high key that I sound terrible singing it!
Some incredible doors have opened outside of the field of play since the Games. Our nomination for BBC sports personality of the year was an incredible milestone for our sport. This is the first time a pair has been nominated since Torvill and Dean. The first time an alpine skier has been nominated, ever. That’s a huge milestone. We were the only paralympians nominated, and two of only 4 women. As a young woman from Kent teamed with a woman from Northern Ireland, we were so proud to be the ambassadors for alpine. To gain more than 35,000 votes without a big PR team behind us was overwhelming.
We as a sport may never get that platform to speak to so many people again (although I hope we do!). We were so nervous speaking live to the 10,000 people in the audience. Afterwards, I was inundated with messages after from children and adults with and without disabilities who enjoyed seeing the coverage of us on TV and the message we are trying to spread. It makes me so proud to know that something I enjoy as much as ski racing has a positive impact on other people’s lives. That Charlotte and I were able to present a positive representation of albinism, disability visual impairment and blindness is something I will always hold dear in my heart.
For us off stage it was a surreal to get an insight to how professional sportsmen and women live their lives in their sports. Hair, make up, private jets, pets on the red carpet, stylists, agents, managers, fans, after parties, after after parties, video production companies, interviews, it was a whirlwind for us.
So, today, we are thrilled to celebrate a truly special year.
Here are some ways in which we’ve celebrated since winning our historic gold last year! It has been so brilliant to get the message out to children and young people that you can achieve your dreams and follow your passion.