Meet British Freestyle Skier Rowan Cheshire

Contrary to what NBC is force-feeding everyone with their Winter Olympics coverage, there are non-Americans worth paying attention to — like Great Britain’s Rowan Cheshire. The 22-year-old competes in the ladies’ Ski Halfpipe event, which begins qualifications next Monday, and is looking for some redemption after missing the 2014 Sochi games because of a concussion suffered in training.

According to her NBC Olympics profile, she’s actually suffered a scary number of head injuries over the past few years:

At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi she was knocked unconscious and sustained facial injuries, including a broken nose, after a crash in training. She was kept in hospital overnight with concussion, and the injury meant she was unable to compete at the Games. She returned to the slopes five months later, shortly before another head injury caused her to miss a year of competition. After coming back from that injury, she soon sustained another concussion and was out of action for a further six months.

If she played football you already know everyone would be freaking out, but Rowan seems to be healthy and ready to kick ass:

Training started today! Having been watching everyone I'm super excited to get started!! pic.twitter.com/pgBVKwSdwT

— Rowan Cheshire (@Rowancheshire) February 16, 2018

Some fun facts on Rowan:

– She’s into graphic design
– Tattoo addict (she has ink on the inside of her lip, a sleeve, and much more)


– She’s aiming to medal in PyeongChang, then win gold in 2022