After a record-breaking Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for Team GB, our focus now switches to our Paralympians.
ParalympicsGB is a force to be reckoned with in any Paralympic Games, and after coming 10th in the Sochi 2014 medal table, the British Paralympic squad will be hoping for another strong result in the far east this March. In Sochi 5 out of 6 of ParalympicsGB's medals were won by on-snow athletes, so naturally many of ParalympicsGB’s major contenders will be ski and snowboard athletes. Find out more about our best national hopes for on snow glory.
ParalympicsGB’s historic Winter Paralympics performances
Last time out, all of ParalympicsGB’s on-snow medals were in alpine skiing disciplines.
Kelly Gallagher was a last-minute inclusion to the Paralympic Squad, but will no doubt be a very welcome addition. When Kelly crossed the Sochi Super-G finish line with her guide Charlotte Smith, she became the first British athlete to win an on-snow Gold medal at a Paralympic or Olympic Games. The 32-year-old visually impaired athlete was close to retiring after the feat, but headstrong Gallagher soldiered on, saying:
“It’s been a bumpy road and I have had moments when I thought, ‘It’s OK, mate, you can do something else now’ but something kept me going. I’m really pleased it did”
Kelly and current guide Gary Smith have had a rocky road leading up to Pyeongchang having struggled with form since a bad crash in training for the 2017 World Championships. Coming back to competition after a dislocated elbow and broken ribs is not easy. Unfortunately, Kelly and Gary did not start the season as they would have wanted but are confident they will be amongst the frontrunners in all events. The Sochi Super-G sensation will undoubtedly be one to watch in Pyeongchang.