23 January 2020

Fitzpatrick signs off from Slovenia with slalom gold

Paralympic champion Menna Fitzpatrick delivered a perfect final performance to secure slalom gold at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kranjska Gora.

The 21-year-old and guide Gary Smith laid down their top-spot intentions by completing their first run in 1:00.20, and the pair duly extended their advantage over Germany’s Noemi Ewa Ristau and Paula Elia Brenzel to finish 2.22s clear.

The victory represents the first World Cup gold for Fitzpatrick and Smith as a duo and marks their third podium finish of the competition after picking up two bronze medals in the giant slalom events.

Reflecting on Instagram, Fitzpatrick – who has four Paralympic medals in total after her efforts at PyeongChang 2018 – said: “What a few days in Kranjska Gora. Gary and I skied well today with some good runs and some not so good.

“But it’s in the bad runs that we learn the most and that’s what we did.”

Elsewhere on the final day of competition in Slovenia, Neil Simpson and Andrew Simpson earned their first World Cup gold with victory in the men’s slalom event.

The pair had notched giant slalom bronze for their maiden World Cup medal in the week, and a combined time of 1:50.16 ensured they signed off from the event in style.

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