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Who To Watch At The Winter Paralympics

March 5, 2018

 

With the Winter Olympics having drawn to a close, the world’s attention has now turned to the upcoming Paralympics, starting Friday 9th of March. Before the games start, we wanted to create a guide on who to keep an eye out for when the games hit our screens. Here’s our low-down of the best medal hopefuls aiming to be victorious in South Korea.

Snow slopes

Para Alpine Skiing looks set to be one of the most exciting sports to watch at this years Paralympics, especially from a British perspective! As current World and Olympic champions, great things are expected of Team GB in the guided skiing.

 

Millie Knight is one of Britain’s biggest medal hopes. She is the current downhill world champion with her guide Brett Wild, and finished fifth in the giant slalom in Sochi 2014 where she was the youngest ever winter Paralympics GB competitor.

Kelly Gallagher and Guide (Image: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Making her olympic debut, Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe are chasing a medal in the same category. And with further competition from Kelly Gallagher and her guide Gary Smith could this be a great British showdown?  Kelly took Britain’s first Paralympic gold medal in Russia in the visually impaired super-G (super giant slalom) and so no doubt will be eagerly chasing another medal in Pyeongchang.

 

Team GB’s main competition comes from Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia who claimed two golds and one bronze in Sochi so will be tough to beat.

 

In the seated class Anna Schaffelhuber will be seeking to retain her title and add to the collection of 5 gold medals she won in Sochi for Germany. The category could be an all-German battle with her teammate Anna-Lene Forster also on good form.

 

The favourite for the standing alpine skiing event is France’s 23 year old, four time Paralympic champion Marie Bochet who gave an impressive performance on the circuit last year.

Skiing

Moving onto Snowboarding, USA’s Brenna Huckaby is the current women’s world cup champion and favourite to win the SB-LL1 medal, while Dutch Lisa Bunschoten is the hopeful for the SB-LL2 (SB-LL1 and 2 define whether their impairment affects one or  both legs or the severity of their impairment for sport).

 

We should also mention Bibian Mentel-Spee, who has been battling cancer over the summer but does not want to be counted out of the games. She is hoping to compete and defend her Paralympic title.

 

The games commence this Friday (9th March) and run until 18th March. Coverage will be broadcast on Channel 4. Sochi saw Britain take its biggest medal tally of six - can Pyeongchang top this?

 

All the details:

Where: Pyeongchang, South Korea

When: 9-18 March

How to watch: In the UK, the Games will be televised on Channel 4

For more information visit the official Winter Paralympic website here.

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