Our leading ski racer, Chemmy Alcott, has been ruled out for a whole ski season after breaking her leg in two places during a high-speed crash in Lake Louise, Canada.

Chemmy Alcott was training for the World Cup with the Canadian women's team when the accident happened. The three-time Olympian crash-landed after a jump in a steep section of the piste known as "Coaches Corner" in Lake Louise.

Chemmy was airlifted to hospital and diagnosed with a compound fracture of the fibula and open fracture of the tibia.

The 28-year-old skier immediately underwent emergency surgery - being fitted with a metal plate and nine screws inserted into the bone - and is now returning to the UK to recover.

Rufus Alcott, Chemmy's brother, told The Daily Telegraph: "From what I understand one of the breaks was so bad that the bone went through her ski boot."

Chemmy has been our leading ski racer for more than 10 years now. She's an all-rounder who skis in the downhill, Super G, combined, and slalom events. During the Vancouver Winter Olymnpics, Chemmy came 11th in the super-combined and 13th in the downhill.

Following her operation, Chemmy tweeted: "Insane that something that brings you so much pleasure can also bring so much pain."