Zoe will be competing at the Winter Olympics, Vancouver in Snowboardcross on the 16th February 2010. The womens Snowboardcross will start at approximately 6pm UK time. (That's 1pm EST)Back story: Zoe Gillings can hardly walk. Even wearing shoes is painful for Britain's best snowboarder. For the 24-year-old, ranked fifth in the world and hoping to win a medal in the snowcross final on Tuesday, it is a worrying state of affairs – but one that she is well used to.
Five years ago Gillings shattered eight bones in her left foot while attempting to perform a stunt for an Audi advert. An x-ray showed her cuboid bone – vital for stability – was a mess. "It looked like cornflakes," Gillings says, matter‑of‑factly.
Her surgeon pronounced her career over, but Gillings refused to bow to expert opinion. "He probably thought I was very naive, but there was no way I was giving up." The following year she qualified for the Turin Winter Olympics, despite having had her foot in a series of protective casts for four months, and finished 15th. The rest of this fascinating story is here at the Observer. And she has a Winter Olympics Diary on the Daily Telegraph here.