Gallagher to defend Paralympic title at PyeongChang2018

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Words by Colette Carr

Paralympics GB’s medal hopes received a massive lift today the announcement of reigning super-G visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher’s selection for the Games next month.

After becoming the first Brit to win gold in either the Olympics or Paralympics on snow with guide Charlotte Evans, the 32-year-old returns to the fold with another guide in the shape of Gary Smith who she teamed up with following Sochi for her third Paralympic outing.

Having been side lined for the 2017 World Championships after a nasty crash on the training slopes, the Paralympic champion faced a lengthy rehab programme to get over before getting back on the slopes, and after returning to action for the 2017/2018 season, Gallagher and Smith raced to secure their place in South Korea, something the Bangor native is happy to have finally ensured.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be selected for ParalympicsGB for my third Games alongside Gary. The journey to PyeongChang has not been an easy one for me and, while I’m still hopeful that I will have the opportunity to defend my title and contest all events, Gary and I will work really hard to ensure we’re in the best place we can be for the Games and make sure every day counts before our first race.”