Following an excellent 8th place finish at the Winter Olympic Games in February, Zoe Gillings, Britain’s No 1 snow sports athlete returned back to full time training at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Bath on Monday following 6 weeks of rehabilitation and key hole surgery on her left knee which she injured in the semi final of the Olympic Games. Zoe Commented, “I’m really happy I’m back in the gym full time. I ended up damaging the cartilage and stretching the ligament in my knee and had to have surgery but at least I injured this during the Olympics and not the competition before! The operation went really well and my knee is nearly back to normal.”
Zoe’s 8th place at the Games was the highest finish position of all of the British snow sports athletes representing Great Britain in Vancouver, Zoe continued, “Looking back, I’m disappointed with my 8th place finish, the injury didn’t help but I have beaten all of the best snowboard cross (SBX) athletes in the world in the last 6 months in one competition or another so I knew I could do it. I did all I could on the day though so I have no regrets.”
Its not all been rehabilitation for Zoe though, she has been invited to attend several corporate events with her sponsors BMW, British Airways and Pokerstars as her role as Brand ambassador. Zoe Commented, “The last few weeks have been great, I attended a BMW experience driving day at Oulton Park race circuit, drove loads of different BMW’s and they were thrilling to drive, they really are the ultimate driving machine! I was then whisked away to the Pokerstars “Snow fest” event in Austria where I got to meet skiing legend Alberto Tomba and Tennis star Boris Becker during filming.”
Zoe’s first competition of the 2010/11 season will be in Telluride, USA, on the 15th December. “My knee is better, I’m back in the gym, I cant wait to compete in December and I’m really looking forward to getting back on snow” commented Zoe.
We look forward to seeing Zoe back at our ski chalet in Chatel very soon for a catch up!!