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2018 PyeongChang Paralympics

Following a successful Winter Olympics in February, March sees PyeongChang host the 2018 Winter Paraylmpics. With 670 athletes competing in 80 medal events spread across six sports, it certainly looks set to excite. With Team GB celebrating our best winter Olympics ever last month, here’s some of the British medal contenders to look out for.

Para-alpine skiing:
Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild are the downhill world champions looking for gold in PyeongChang after a disappointing season. Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe will be hoping for medal success on their Paralympic debut. Britain’s first ever gold medal at a Winter Paralympics was won by Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte 4 years ago. Despite parting ways with Charlotte, and suffering a number of injuries, Gallagher and new guide Gary Smith will be hoping for medals in PyeongChang.

Nordic Skiing:
Despite only taking up Nordic Skiing 18 months ago, Scott Meenagh will be competing in six events across biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Wheelchair Curling:
Bronze medallists back in Sochi in 2014, team GB’s wheelchair curlers will be taking the ice against world champions Norway in their opening round-robin match.

Snowboarding:
Snowboard cross, the dramatic four-way downhill race over steep jumps and around tight corners will make its debut in the Paralympics. Britain’s Owen Pick, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller will be hoping to ride to victory in this nail biting event.

One of the best things about the Paralympics is hearing the inspiring stories about how the athletes got involved with winter sports; for instance snowboarder Owen Pick who lost his right leg  below the knee whilst serving in Afghanistan. Owen had never heard of snowboarding, according to an interview in the Times, until he watched it on TV recovering from an operation in his hospital bed, now he will be competing in the sport in a matter of weeks.

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