11 March 2018

PyeongChang 2018: Knight and Wild double up while Fitzpatrick and Kehoe bounce back in style

The super-G two-three

There was double delight for ParalympicsGB’s visually impaired Para alpine skiers on day two, with two medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.

Millie Knight and Brett Wild secured their second silver medal of the Games with a fantastic run in the super-G, while Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe showed their fearless attitude when they bounced back from the disappointment of not completing the downhill event on day one to win bronze.

Defending Paralympic champion Kelly Gallagher produced a solid run with her guide Gary Smith to finish in eighth place


If I’d thought I would have two medals in two days at the Paralympics I would have said you are crazy.

Millie Knight

A jubilant Knight said: “This time four years ago I was sat in the crowd watching Kelly (Gallagher) win gold and now I’ve made the podium myself.”

An equally delighted Fitzpatrick said: “To be honest I was just thinking about finishing and I am so happy that we have finished and it’s amazing to win a bronze medal. I came out the gate ready to fight, I was a little bit nervous but I overcame that and I just carried on and went for it.”

Their success on the slopes at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre means ParalympicsGB now has a fabulous three medals after just two days of competition.

James Whitley finished 22nd in the men’s standing super-G and now has a day to rest before focussing on his two favourite events of slalom and combined.

Chris Lloyd was roared on by his proud family as he finished 25th in his second and final event at his first ever Paralympic Games.

Day two: Women’s super-G, visually impaired – Millie Knight and Brett Wild – silver (1:33.76), Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe – bronze (1:34.54), Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith – 8th (1:39.75)

Men’s super-G, standing – James Whitley – 22nd (1:32.96), Chris Lloyd – 25th (1:34.43)

The awesome foursome receive their medals

Two wins from three for wheelchair curlers

The wheelchair curlers were hoping to build on their stunning victory over reigning world champions Norway when they faced Switzerland in the first of two matches on Sunday.

It wasn’t to be for skip Aileen Neilson’s team though, as they were edged out 7-4 despite taking an early lead.

To keep the team on track victory was vital against Finland in the evening match at the Gangneung Curling Centre. After a tense start which saw the teams tied 2-2 after the first three ends, ParalympicsGB pulled aware to secure an emphatic 9-2 victory.

The wheelchair curlers continue their quest to finish in the top four of the round robin competition with two matches on Monday. They are currently in joint fourth place having played three matches winning two and losing one.

The begin against a Swedish team that has yet to record a victory in PyeongChang and then in the evening match they face a strong Canadian team who have won their first three matches.

Day two: Great Britain 2-5 Switzerland, Great Britain 9-2 Finland

Day three: 14:35 (05:35 UK time) Great Britain v Sweden - Aileen Neilson, Angie Malone, Bob McPherson, Hugh Nibloe, Gregor Ewan

19:35 (10:35 UK time) Great Britain v Canada - Aileen Neilson, Angie Malone, Bob McPherson, Hugh Nibloe, Gregor Ewan

Full steam ahead as the British rink make it two wins from three

Meenagh continues the buzz

After becoming Britain’s first Para Nordic skier to compete at a Paralympic Games for 20 years Scott Meenagh was back in action in the 15km cross-country.

After finishing 18th on Saturday, Meenagh bettered that result to finish 17th in his second race at PyeongChang 2018 – narrowly missing out on 16th after a sprint to the line.

It was an effort that meant the Scot collapsed on to the snow upon crossing the line and he now has a well-earned rest day to recover before competing in four more events.

Day two: Cross country: Men’s sitting 15km – Scott Meenagh – 17th (46:07.40)

Owen Pick is one of three snowboarders flying the flag

Here come the boarders!

They’ve waited patiently amid two days of busy action but now finally the snowboarders have their moment in the spotlight.

For Owen Pick, selected as ParalympicsGB’s flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony, this has already been a Games to remember.

But as he, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller prepare to take to the snow at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, they’ll do so as a part of ParalympicsGB history - never before has a snowboard team represented Great Britain at the Games, after the sport made its debut in Sochi.

This trio are not there to make up the numbers, each looking for a strong start that begins with the snowboard cross on Monday.

Day three: 12:00 (03:00 UK time) Men’s snowboard cross – Ben Moore, Owen Pick, James Barnes-Miller

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