Katie Summerhayes was born and brought up in Sheffield; she recalls her first introduction to her childhood idol with a lot of embarrassment during the summer of 2012. She had just turned 16 and had visited the English Institute of Sports at Sheffield for the school sports day; it was then that Jessica Ennis Hill was preparing for the Olympics to be held at London. It was just the torch relay that Summerhayes had a chance to run for due to her potential; it was her Olympic connection that the teachers had pushed her to the front row and introduce herself to the poster girl of London 2012.
The Hopes and Possibilities
Summerhayes is supposed to share a similar pedestal at the (Rosa Khutor Extreme Park) with her childhood idol is she succeeds in living up to her potential in the ski slope-style competition; it’s probably a nice opportunity for her fans to see the Olympic medal around her neck.
Just a month ahead, she had been to Russia following her Gstaad World Cup triumph, even through she’d just 18 years old. It took 19 years for a British woman to win a World Cup skiing medal in Summerhayes; she truly lived up to her reputation earned during the previous season when she performed at the Swiss resort of Silvaplana.
In the face of adversities and a series of injuries there’s this story of courage and determination lying between the two outcomes. It has a close resemblance with the comeback of Ennis Hill, wherein the champion overcame stress fractures that threatened her career; Ennis also depicted enormous courage to live through the challenges and get crowned as the Olympic Heptathlon champion.
Summerhayes had to experience rehabilitation for nine months after she used one of the hamstrings to undergo a reconstructive surgery; it was only after this that she was able to get back to the slopes at the beginning of 2013. Her position was consolidated yet again once she stood fourth at the World championships and obtained a major breakthrough at the World Cup.
Summerhayes had a tough time when she had to rest for a minimum of six months following a failure of her initial operation; she was shocked when her medical specialist had shared the possibility of another surgery using the other hamstring belonging to the other leg; she only had about nine months to prepare for the Sochi Olympics. Her coach Pat Sharples never got disheartened and encouraged her through the rough patches.
The way to recovery
Attending the Bath conference in August was a turning point that she keeps recalling very often. Just about a month back Summerhayes had returned to Colorado for competing at a World Cup event completing her stay in the weights room within Sheffield Hallam University and Bisham Abbey. She was thankful to be on her skis again, although she didn’t succeed with her latest runs.
The Gstaad competition took place soon after her remarkable recovery; she acquired the second position behind Lisa Zimmerman of Germany and bagged the World Cup silver. It was just her second competition, and a real morale booster for her. She was indeed very happy to have proven her worth to herself.
A dry slope was all that introduced Katie Summerhayes to this sport like her fellow team member Jenny Jones. She was only six years old when she first wore her pair of skis in the Sheffield Ski Village. This was the same slope wherein James Woods, her GB teammate grew up to become a powerful contender for the ski slope-style medal for men. Will the Sheffield residents see another ski village coming up following the triumph of Summerhayes. These games are often about the legacy that you carry.