Fitzpatrick and Kehoe continue season’s excellent start with World Cup silver
Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe’s near-perfect start to the winter season has got even better after scooping silver at the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kuhtai.
The pair have already enjoyed a bounty of success on the countdown to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, standing atop the podium with a gold-medal Europa Cup performance.
But Fitzpatrick, who became the first British snow sports athlete to win a World Cup title when she won in Aspen, Colorado in 2016, put in an equally impressive display to take second in the giant slalom visually impaired competition on the hills of Austria.
Stopping the clock in a total time of 2:16.73, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe were rewarded for two consistent performances, third in both runs but just doing enough to edge Noemi Ewa Ristau into third by 0.17 seconds.
Gold went to five-time Paralympic champion Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia and her guide Natalie Subrtova, nearly ten seconds ahead of the field, with plenty of British interest in this race alone.
Kelly Gallagher, alongside guide Gary Smith, came just short of a medal in fourth place after an excellent second run had taken them up from seventh.
And there was also a promising display from Millie Knight, riding with Brett Wild, faced with the challenge of going off first but successfully completing both runs in Kuhtai.
Following the cancellation of the World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland, last week, this is the first event of the season, set to continue on Wednesday.
Great Britain’s James Whitley was also in action on day one in Austria, though he missed out on finishing his second run, with Chris Lloyd also unable to cross the line in the men’s giant slalom standing competition.
“Conditions were really tough as the course was injected with water on Monday and was icy all the way down for both race runs," they said.
"Our goals were to fight to the finish and leave everything on the hill. We achieved both of those and were rewarded with a podium finish, which is absolutely fantastic for our first World Cup race of the season."