Wales’ Menna Fitzpatrick wins second medal in Para alpine skiing
Team GB and Welsh athlete Menna Fitzpatrick won her second medal of the Paralympics today alongside guide Gary Smith.
The pairing finished third in the visually impaired super combined para alpine skiing.
Finishing in 2 minutes 0.58 seconds, Fitzpatrick finished marginally behind Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova – who won in 2:03.39.
The Welsh Paralympian said:
“We left ourselves a bit of work to do in the slalom.
“The plan of going out there and putting down a pretty decent run paid off, so we are super, super happy.
“The confidence is really, really high – it was quite a tricky slalom set with tight turns and lots of combinations. It was tough but really good fun.”
The Fitzpatrick/Smith pairing add to their medal tallies after an impressive opening super-G run, earning silver.
In the super-G run, the duo were fifth before Fitzpatrick put in her fastest personal slalom run to move up the leader board to earn silver.
The medals come alongside fellow GB skiers Neil and Andrew Simpson, who secured silver in their slalom.
The Scottish brothers, who also won super-G gold, were set for fifth following an error on the course.
However they secured second with a time of 1:52.81 after battling with Slovakia’s Jakob Krako and France’s Hyacinthe Deleplace.
Italy’s Giacomo Bertagnolli won gold with a time of 1:49.80 in that contest.
Johannes Aigner of Austria won silver in 1:51.9.
Neil, 20, said:
“I think with the mistake in the first run, coming into the slalom we knew we had to charge, and we had nothing to lose going in to the second run
“I skied a lot of slalom when I was younger as you have no choice growing up in Scotland and it’s something I really enjoy.
“So tired after the gold medal yesterday, I just had some food and went to bed so we were in the right mindset today.”
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