2018 Paralympics Round Up

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2018 Paralympics Round Up

March 27, 2018

Snowsport Cymru Wales were delighted and so proud to see two Welsh athletes representing Team GB at the Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Welsh athletes took 1/3 of the places in the GB ski team with Chris Lloyd and Menna Fitzpatrick (with her guide Jen Kehoe) flying a bit of the flag for Wales.

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Whilst the games were a huge success for visually impaired skier Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe, becoming Britain's most successful winter paralympians in history, Chris Lloyd also did an amazing job in the Downhill and Super G events with very little preparations due to programme changes. The fact that Chris got to the games in the first place was an achievement in itself. Injured in a rally driving accident in 2011 Chris woke up to be told he would never ski again, walking would be a bonus. Motivated by watching the London games, Chris decided to take up ski racing with the dream of getting to represent Team GB at the Winter Paralympics. And he did it!
 
Anyone who doesn’t know by now what Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen Kehoe achieved at the games must have had their TV and radios turned off for the past month. What they achieved was amazing, history making, come back kid stuff. From falling in the first event, the downhill (we had our hearts in our mouths for quite a while until they were giving the thumbs up and no injuries) to taking first a bronze medal in Super G - a first medal for any Welsh athletes at a Winter Paralympics. Then on to successive silvers in the combined and giant slalom events, being beaten each time by the dominant Slovakian athlete Farkosova.
 
With just the slalom to come and their dream results very much in the bag, 19 year old Menna and her guide Jen decided to throw caution to the wind and ski flat out, going for gold and taking what ever come their way. Lying in 2nd after the first run and putting down an excellent final run, it was jus down to Farkosova to see if they could match the British duo's speed. The rest is history as we watch the leaps and squeals of delight when the gold was confirmed for Menna and Jen.

Dancing to victory


“This morning I didn’t have the greatest start, you wouldn’t have thought it was our day,” said Fitzpatrick.

“I was exhausted after this whole period of racing; the nerves and the emotion were just overwhelming so that didn’t make for a great start.

“Having fun changed everything a lot, we just went out there and did our own thing and looked at the achievements.

“We just sang songs and danced and it made me feel a lot better and it seemed to work. We may have been dancing in the start gate!

“We just needed something to make us giggle and that calmed me down.”

“Words don’t even cover what we’re feeling right now, it hasn’t properly sunk and we left everything out there on that hill, we fought right to the very end,” said Kehoe.

“After the super-combined slalom we knew that it was close, we knew it was possible to beat Henrieta because we have done that this season – we just went for it and did everything that was in our control.”


Well done Menna, Jen and Chris - Inspiring a nation!

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