13 December 2018
Gallagher claims Europa Cup first-place in Switzerland
Kelly Gallagher and Menna Fitzpatrick claimed a gold-bronze triumph for Great Britain in the giant slalom vision impaired at the World Para Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in St Moritz.
GB’s first Winter Paralympic Gold medallist Gallagher and guide Gary Smith carded the two fastest runs of the day on the Swiss slopes to record a cumulative time of 1:53.95.
Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe were not far behind, recording a 58.19s first run before her 59.69s second run saw her finish just 1.46s off Australian Melissa Perrine in second place, while Anna Peskova of the Czech Republic was fourth.
The result represents a significant step at the start of the new season for Gallagher, who finished fifth in the event at the PyeongChang Paralympics earlier this year.
While Fitzpatrick, who took silver in the Winter Paralympics – adding to the gold she claimed in the slalom, the silver in the super combined and the bronze in the Super-G – will look to add to her third-place showing when the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup season gets underway in Italy next week.
Elsewhere, 16-year-old Neil Simpson claimed an impressive fourth in the men’s giant slalom vision impaired, while Chris Lloyd was 15th in the giant slalom standing.
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