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The para skier has been on the podium again. She's taken second place in both the GS and slalom after a silver in the Super Combined on Sunday at the Para-Alpine Skiing World Championships in Italy. NEW & UPDATED

Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild won the silver medal on Tuesday in the slalom. 

That brings their impressive tally at the World Championships to one gold and three silvers. 

And here are the medals won in Italy.

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On Monday it was silver in the giant slalom while Knight's team mate, Menna Fitzpatrick, took the bronze with her guide, Jennifer Kehoe. 
Starting as 1st and 3rd seeds in the GS race, Millie Knight, guided by submariner Brett Wild, and Menna Fitzpatrick, guided by army captain Jennifer Kehoe, skied solid first runs to give themselves a comfortable margin over the main competition.
They were able to challenge the leader of the 1st run, Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia. 

However, despite significantly stretching their lead over the rest of the field in the 2nd run, their efforts were not enough to close the gap on eventual race winner Farkasova.

Jennifer and Menna are the latest GB athletes to make the podium - see here as we look back at a stunning past 7 days with GB snowsport elite athletes winning medals galore.

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Millie's silvers in Tuesday's slalom and Monday's Giant Slalom add to the silver she won in Sunday's Super Combined.

It followed her withdrawal from the Super Giant Slalom race as a precaution following a bad fall she suffered in her heroics of becoming Britain's first ever skiing World Champion in the Downhill on Wednesday last week.
The podium did however give a strong hint of a bright future for British visually impaired performances as Menna Fitzpatrick, guided by Jennifer Kehoe, came good on the promise she showed all last season by finally producing a bronze medal performance.

Something she has been threatening to do since she burst on the scene last year by winning the IPCAS World Cup Overall title.
Menna's season got off to the worst possible start in October when she broke the bones in the back of her hand in a crash and needed to get four of them pinned in the autumn. 

The route back to competitive performances has been slower than expected, but the bronze comes as a welcome tonic to an otherwise underwhelming first half of the season.  She followed it up with a 4th place in Tuesday's slalom.

Millie Knight:  'It's been a great to make it to the podium again.  It would have been nice to have been closer to Farkasova but I am happy with this.  It is also great that Menna has been able to get a medal as well and have two Brits on the podium.  A big thank you to the National Lottery and Get Kids Going for their support in getting us to the start line.  I hope we can do it again tomorrow in the Slalom.'

Menna Fitzpatrick: 'I am so chuffed.  It has been really hard coming down from the success of last year and not being as competitive this year as I come back from injury, but to get a World Championship medal is so exciting.  Thank you to the National Lottery and Get Kids Going who have supported me being here and of course mum and dad who have flown out to watch us.'
Brett Wild:  'Really pleased with the result today.  Millie did herself and GB proud! ! I owe The Royal Navy so many thank you's for enabling me to race with Millie'
Jennifer Kehoe:  'I am really pleased for Menna, it has been a tough couple of months since the crash, watching your team mates get faster whilst you are off snow, but the hard work has paid off and it is really nice to be back in the mix for the medals.  Thank you National Lottery and Army for supporting me to this success, fingers crossed there is more to come.
Duncan Freshwater Performance Director of British Parasnowsport: 'It is always really pleasing to see two of your athletes getting on the podium but after the fantastic success of Millie earlier in the Championships this was a really special result for Menna and Jen, I could not be more happy and proud of all four of them.

On Sunday Millie and Brett were on the podium in the super combined.

The super combined includes a speed run followed by a technical slalom run.

'It's been another brilliant day, Brett did a great job guiding me in both courses! I'm so pleased to have secured another World Champs medal," said Millie on Sunday.

"It is great to see the fruits of a seasons hard work paying off, but I have to thank The National Lottery and Get Kids Going for their support this year, so a huge thank you to them too!" she added.

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"After such a superb performance I couldn't be happier, Millie did herself and GB proud! I owe The Royal Navy so many thank you's for enabling me to race with Millie," added Millie's Guide the Royal Navy Submariner, Brett Wild'.

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GB's Menna Fiztpatrick and Guide Jennifer Kehoe claimed the 5th spot after their two runs.

GB's Paralympic champion Kelly Gallagher was unable to compete at the IPC Worlds after suffering nasty injuries in a crash in training ahead of the competition.
This is what she said in her blog posted on 27th January after her accident.

"Really sad to be leaving Tarvisio today. Home to do rehab! I'll have to leave being world champion until 2019!

Best of luck to all the other athletes competing, ski well, be proud and have fun!

Thank you everyone for your help and protection, especially miss Catherine Smail and Kelley Fay who helped me through my morphine sweats and sickness after my arm was placed back.

Catherine again for helping me with all manner of recovery methods, compex, game ready, massage, needles, hydration!

Cheers to Gary for being a total dote immediately after the accident, even prizing my engagement ring off my hand so it didn't get cut off!

We'll be back! And to all the skiers and coaches for your help and concern.

Home time to work hard so I can come play in the snow real soon!"

Millie's silver follows gold in the downhill that we reported in this story on Wednesday 25th January.

Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild (photo: Nick Hope)Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild (photo: Nick Hope)















'We're really pleased that Millie has achieved this latest result.  She took a big tumble in the finish area of the Downhill, which once the euphoria of the win had subsided, had left her with some good bruises meaning she had to miss the Super G," said the Performance Director of British Parasnowsport,  Duncan Freshwater

"To come back and ski onto the podium was an excellent result and one we hope she can repeat in the remaining races of these championships."

The Para-Alpine World Championships 2017 have been taking place in Tarvisio, Italy from 23rd to 31st January.

British Parasnowsport

The British Parasnowsport Team is the British national para-alpine ski and para-snowboard team.

Disability Snowsport UK manages British Parasnowsport and is recognised as the UK National Governing Body for disabled snowsports by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The team is split into two squads - the Elite Team, training and competing on a full-time basis and the Development Squads - Adult and Youth - where the athletes work on a part-time basis.

The  athletes

  • Visually impaired athletes ski with a sighted guide at speeds of up to 75mph using bluetooth headsets through which the guide provides verbal commands describing terrain, combinations and course
  • Visually impaired athletes must be registered blind in the UK to meet the minimum classification criteria for international competition. There are 3 visually impaired sport classes B1, B2 and B3
  • All of our visually impaired skiers in the WCH team have a B2 classification
  • Millie Knight is Britain's youngest ever winter Paralympian, won Gold in the Para-Alpine Skiing World Championships in 2017, the first Brit ever to secure the title, Knight came 5th in slalom at the Sochi Winter Games and secured Britain's first ever World Cup win in 2015 followed by a second World Cup Win in 2016.
  • Millie was the ParalympicsGB flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi Russia
  • Menna Fitzpatrick won the overall World Cup in 2016 - another first for Great Britain amidst a season of success
  • British Parasnowsport's world class guides for Millie, Kelly and Menna are all fully funded by the British Armed Forces elite sports programmes coming from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army
  • The standing class has 9 sport classes with LW1-4 for athletes with impairments affecting their legs including amputation and LW 5-9 for athletes with impairments affecting their hands and arms
  • James Whitley has impairments affecting both arms and competes in sport class LW5
  • Classification is conducted by international medical experts and athletes are only classified if they meet the level of impairment required and the impairment has sufficient impact on their ability to participate in the sport
  • Each sport class assigns a specific factor which is applied to the athletes raw time and results in a 'factored' time thus making all athletes times are comparable

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