Olympics: Overcoming a shattered knee, figure skater Coomes heading to Pyeongchang

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Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain perform during the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Shanghai November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING)
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain perform during the ice dance short dance at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nice March 28, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING)
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain perform during a gala exhibition programme at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING)
Britain's Penny Coomes (L) and Nicholas Buckland compete during the figure skating ice dance short dance program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT FIGURE SKATING OLYMPICS)
Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain compete during the Ice Dance program at the ISU Bompard Trophy Figure Skating competition in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Figure Skating - ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Ice Dance Free Dance - Boston, Massachusetts, United States - 31/03/16 - Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain compete. - REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Figure Skating - Olympic Qualifying ISU Challenger Series - Ice Short Dance - Oberstdorf, Germany - September 28, 2017 - Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain compete. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Figure Skating - Olympic Qualifying ISU Challenger Series - Ice Free Dance - Oberstdorf, Germany - September 30, 2017 - Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain compete. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
OBERSTDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain perform in the Gala Exhibition during the Nebelhorn Trophy 2017 at Eissportzentrum on September 30, 2017 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain chose ice dancer Penny Coomes for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics on Wednesday, 15 months after she shattered her kneecap and was told her skating career was over.

The 28-year-old and partner Nick Buckland will be competing at their third Games. They secured their place after winning the Nebelhorn Trophy Olympic qualifying competition in Oberstdorf, Germany, last month.

Coomes broke her knee in eight places in July last year when she fell during a routine lift. The pair had finished seventh at the world figure skating championships three months earlier.

"A lot of people had written me off, and I wasn't having any of that," the 2014 European bronze medalist told the BBC in March. "I've worked so hard to achieve my dream and I feel I can do anything in life now."

Britain's figure skating team leader is 1980 Olympic champion Robin Cousins.

 

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Larry King)

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