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World Championships Gold for GB Para Skier Millie Knight

The visually impaired ski racer and her guide Brett Wild were the top performers on Monday at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer. There were also two silver medals, increasing Britain’s medal tally to six. NEW

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It was a British 1-2 as Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Katie Guest finished just behind Knight to take silver in the Alpine Super Combined.

Only 0.52 seconds could separate the British pair.

Sara Choi of South Korea took bronze, 5.92s behind Knight’s winning time of 2:12.10.

23-year-old Knight’s gold is added to the bronze she won in Saturday’s Super-G.

SUPER COMBINED WORLD CHAMPIONS 🌎After what has been a very challenging year for us both, we never could have imagined…

Posted by Millie Knight on Monday, 17 January 2022

 

In the men’s visually impaired class,  Neil Simpson, guided by brother, Andrew Simpson, took silver in an impressive display of racing for the Banchory born skier.

He came in 0.9s behind France’s Hyacinthe Deleplace, guided by Valentin Giraud-Moine, with Slovakia’s Misoslav Haraus and guide, Maros Hudik rounding out the podium in bronze medal position.

World Para Snow Snowsports put together this brief highlights video of Monday’s racing.

Highlights Day 5 | #Lillehammer2021

👀 ICYMI👀 ⛷️Monday’s super combined race at the #Lillehammer2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships 🔥⬇️Check out the highlights from day ✋🏻!

Posted by World Para Snow Sports on Monday, 17 January 2022

 

The opening days of the World Para Snow Sports Championships saw Shona Brownlee mark her debut at the World Championships with Super-G silver.

James Barnes-Miller took Dual Banked Slalom snowboard bronze.

There are still six more days to go in the Championships so plenty more opportunities for medals for GB.

Among the rest of the action coming up is the World Cup slalom at Kitzbühel on Sunday where Dave Ryding will be hoping to improve on his 16th place at Wengen last weekend.

He said on Instagram that his head had got the better of his legs in the Swiss resort.

“After 2 straddles I guess I wanted the finish a bit too much.”

 

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And there’s all the excitement of the X Games Aspen where some of GB’s top freestyle skiers will be competing.

For the first time, young Kirsty Muir has got an invite to attend the Games.

The 17-year-old is a first alternate, which means she will get to compete in ski slopestyle if one of the competitors has to pull out.

She’s had a great 12 months and a record of success in the Colorado resort.

She won silver at the World Cup in Aspen in March 2021 and she recently came 5th at the World Cup at Mammoth Mountain in California.

I’m so excited to say I’ve been invited to X Games as an alternate for Slopestyle!! This is a dream come true to be…

Posted by Kirsty Muir Freestyle Skier on Sunday, 16 January 2022

 

Here’s what’s coming up in the week ahead….

ALPINE

18th – 22nd January – World Cup (Downhill), Kitzbühel (AUT):

  • Roy Steudle

20th – 21st January – Europa Cup (Slalom), Vaujany (FRA):

  • Rob Poth
  • Laurie Taylor

23rd January – World Cup (Slalom), Kitzbühel (AUT):

  • Billy Major
  • Dave Ryding
  • Laurie Taylor

FREESTYLE SKI

21st – 23rd January – X Games (Slopestyle, Halfpipe),  Aspen (USA):

  • Zoe Atkin
  • Gus Kenworthy
  • Kirsty Muir (1st alternate)
  • James Woods

FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD

21st – 23rd January – Europa Cup (Big Air), Crans-Montana (SUI):

  • Mia Brookes
  • Fin Bremner
  • Koby Cook
  • Liam Tynan

SKI CROSS

20th – 22nd January – Europa Cup, Lenk (SUI):

  • Greg Baillie
  • Alannah Lawrie (TBC)
  • Max Vaughton

21st – 23rd January – World Cup, Idre Fjall (SWE):

  • Ollie Davies

SNOWBOARD CROSS

22nd – 23rd January – Europa Cup, Reiteralm (AUT):

  • Brandon Cain

PARA ALPINE

2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships – Lillehammer

 19th January – Giant Slalom (M)

  • Neil Simpson & Andrew Simpson
  • Dan Sheen
  • Alex Slegg
  • James Whitley

20th January – Giant Slalom (W)

  • Menna Fitzpatrick & Katie Guest
  • Millie Knight & Brett Wild
  • Shona Brownlee

21st January – Slalom (M)

  • Neil Simpson & Andrew Simpson
  • Dan Sheen
  • Alex Slegg
  • James Whitley

22nd January – Slalom (W)

  • Menna Fitzpatrick & Katie Guest
  • Millie Knight & Brett Wild
  • Shona Brownlee

23rd January – Parallel Event

  • TBC

PARA SNOWBOARD

2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships – Lillehammer

 21st January – Snowboard Cross

  • James Barnes-Miller
  • Ollie Hill
  • Andy MacLeod
  • Owen Pick

22nd January – Team Event

  • TBC

PARA NORDIC

2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships – Lillehammer

18th January – Cross-Country Long

  • Steve Arnold
  • Callum Deboys
  • Scott Meenagh

20th January – Biathlon Individual

  • Steve Arnold
  • Callum Deboys
  • Scott Meenagh

22nd January – Cross-Country Sprint

  • Steve Arnold
  • Callum Deboys
  • Hope Gordon
  • Scott Meenagh
  • Steve Thomas

23rd January – Team Relay Event

  • TBC
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