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MENNA & JEN ARE DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPS
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Menna Fitzpatrick & guide Jen Kehoe have gold in the Super G to go with their downhill victory at the Para Alpine Worlds.





On Thursday, the pair picked up the gold medal in the visually-impaired Super G at Sella Nevea, Italy, to add to their downhill gold from Wednesday.

GB teammates Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith won bronze to follow their silver in the downhill.

The Super G also doubled up as the first run of the Super Combined event, which was made up of the Super G and a slalom.

World Para Alpine Champs 2019 VI Super G podiumSuper G podium

























At the end of the slalom run there was more metalware for GB.

The silver in the Super Combined went to Fitzpatrick and Kehoe; the bronze to Gallagher and Smith.

That's a total of eight medals from these World Championships - a huge result for the GB Parasnowsport team.

Fitzpatrick and Kehoe have five of them - two gold.

They picked up their first medals in the technical events which were held in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia last week.

They won silver in the slalom and a bronze in the giant slalom:
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe now hold two World titles and a Paralympic title -they won the slalom at the Pyeongchang games in March.

Their downhill victory in Sella Nevea on Wednesday also means the World downhill crown remains in British hands after Millie Knight and Brett Wild claimed the title in 2017.  They have been unable to compete at these championships following an injury to Knight.

For both GB pairs, it's a big step forward after difficulties in the speed events.

And for Gallagher, who was Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic champion, the medals mark a welcome return to the podium after a long recovery from injury.

Kelly GallagherKelly Gallagher - photo Paralympics GB

























The two British pairs were the only skiers to complete the downhill.

One of the favourites, Henrieta Farkasova, did not finish.

World Para Alpine downhill result 2019Downhill result
















For both Fitzpatrick and Gallagher, the results complete their journey back to the top of the high-speed event with both suffering battles of confidence after crashing out in downhill races recently.

At last year's Paralympic Games, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe missed gates in training and fell during the race, meaning Wednesday's race marked the first time in almost 12 months that the pair had completed a competitive downhill run.

"We are delighted with the win, particularly after our disastrous downhill experiences in PyeongChang," said Kehoe after Wednesday's victory.

"Crossing the finish line having skied well as a team was a massive achievement, particularly given the tricky conditions caused a number of competitors to crash out."

Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen KehoeWorld downhill champions Fitzpatrick & Kehoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitzpatrick added that after scoring two podiums in the technical events in Slovenia last week, Wednesday's result gave them a boost going into the super combined and super G.

"This win is a huge step for us in speed," she said.

"It's given us loads of confidence going into the remainder of the races."

Kelly Gallagher hadn't reached the World Championships podium since 2013, and Wednesday's downhill race marked a special achievement in a career already highlighted by that Paralympic gold medal.

Kelly Gallagher & Gary Smith World downhill silver medallists Gallagher & Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I haven't entered a downhill since I got badly injured in the 2017 World Champs; I have struggled with confidence ever since," said Gallagher.

"My guide Gary has been with me every day since, believing in me and encouraging me, the most supportive guide and so understanding.

"PyeongChang was a disappointment for us because I skied with so much fear and apprehension.

It has been so hard, and so it was very special to be able to push out of the start gate and then complete the course - it was emotional.

"It has been an amazing season for us to win those Europa Cup giant slalom races before Christmas and for me to believe in myself again.

"I wanted to prove to myself that we could be competitive again and thank everyone who has helped me get back to racing after 2017. Mission accomplished!"

So, at the end of the World Championships, here's the GB tally - just in case you're lost track:

Fitzpatrick & Kehoe

Gold - Downhill

Gold - Super G

Silver - Super combined

Silver - Slalom

Bronze - Giant Slalom

Gallagher & Smith

Silver - Downhill

Bronze - Super G

Bronze - Super Combined

GB's James Whitley recorded his best result at this level, finishing not far off the podium in 5th place in the men's standing Super Combined.

The 21-year-old was 10th in the Super G run but moved up five places with his slalom run. 

He was 14th in Wednesday standing downhill.

GB Para Alpine team at the World ChampionshipsGB Para Alpine team at the World Championships




























The Para skiers are the not the only GB skiers to get on the podium this week. 

Telemark skier, Jasmin Taylor, picked up two World Cup medals to add to her impressive haul:
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