PyeongChang 2018: Weekend Brit Watch


Words by Colette Carr

After a both explosive and poignant opening ceremony in South Korea, the action got underway with plenty of British success to set the tone.

GB’s first medal came from alpine skiing pair Millie Knight and Brett Wild in the visually impaired downhill, taking silver with a time of 1:30.58, just an incredible 0.86 seconds behind defending champions Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova of Slovakia.

The British favourite beamed after picking up her first Paralympic medal saying:

“I literally can’t stop smiling. This is amazing, the year we have had to get here, it has been a struggle. I never really thought we’d be back in this position.

“This time last year I crashed at the finish line here and sustained really bad concussion and I really didn’t think we’d get here.

“It is the best feeling in the world. I’m so chuffed. I was quite nervous at the start but the moment we pushed out it was just about what we had been working on. The course ran amazingly, the snow was perfect and it was just about making the tweaks that we wanted to make.”

The dynamic duo then made theirs a double with another silver in the women’s super G with British teammates Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe registering silver.

Elsewhere on the slopes, James Whitley and Chris Lloyd came 22nd and 25th respectively in the men’s standing super G while Scott Meenagh placed 18th in his Paralympic debut in the 7.5km sitting biathlon and 17th in the sitting 15km cross country.

Away from the snow, GB’s curlers have enjoyed a positive start to the round robins, opening with a 5-2 win over world champions Norway, before falling to Switzerland 7-4. But they recovered well to beat Finland 9-2 and comprehensively seen Sweden off 6-0 in the early hours of this morning. Aileen Neilson’s team are currently 2-0 up against reigning champions Canada, follow ParalympicsGB on Twitter for live updates.