University of Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher had to settle for eighth place in the visually-impaired Super G at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games but said she was happy to be “pushing out of the starting gate” again.
Four years ago in Sochi, Gallagher famously won the Super G title to become the first Brit to claim alpine skiing gold at either an Olympic or Paralympic Games.
She suffered multiple injuries after a training crash last year and only confirmed her PyeongChang place in February, so was relatively pleased with her performance alongside guide Gary Smith on Sunday.
“It didn’t quite go to plan today but what did go to plan was the feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction of pushing out of the start gate, getting into the course and working together,” said Mathematics graduate Gallagher, who will also compete in the super-combined, slalom and giant slalom this week.
“There are three more races and we have a lot to work on. We can throw everything at it and the kitchen sink. We’ll get good results from being relaxed and chilling out, I just need to ski like I’ve got nothing to lose and try to channel that.”
Fellow Brit Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild won silver in the Super G.
Picture courtesy of ParalympicsGB