Fitzpatrick and Kehoe keep World Cup podium run going in Switzerland
Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe continued their remarkable run of form with another Para Alpine World Cup silver medal in Veysonnaz.
Having already won giant slalom silver earlier in the week, the pair returned to the Swiss slopes after the last two days’ action had to be cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.
And they did so in style, taking visually impaired 2 slalom silver with two more consistent runs.
Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova took the victory, finishing 0.9s ahead of Fitzpatrick and Kehoe, with Melissa Perrine of Australia taking bronze.
“It was a bit disappointing not to compete in two of the races this week, but we took the opportunity to rest and recover well to bring our A-Game into today’s slalom race,” said Fitzpatrick.
“Delays and cancellations do happen in our sport, so it’s good to ‘rehearse’ how to deal with them ahead of the Paralympics.” Menna Fitzpatrick
With Kehoe adding: “We are really happy with our skiing this week. Our goal was to take more risks in each race, and attack the course more.
“The plan worked and winning two silver medals is an amazing start to our year.” Jennifer Kehoe
Just out of the medal positions was fellow Brit Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild, 4.22s behind the winner with Kelly Gallagher and her guide Gary Smith in sixth.
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe set a time of 48.42s in their first run, which put them 0.91s behind the Slovakian pair at the half way stage.
And although they beat them in the second run, the Brits’ time of 51.26 did not claw enough back on the Slovakians to leapfrog them at the top of the leaderboard.
The silver medal leaves them with a total of six medals from their World Cup campaign to date this season – four silver and two bronze.
With the first round of the competition cancelled in St Moritz due to adverse weather conditions, the season started in Kuhtai last month.
And it could scarcely have gone better for Fitzpatrick and Kehoe, winning a medal in each race.
Their double this week – with days abandoned – means they have continued their record of earning a spot on the podium from each of their six World Cup races this season.
The men’s action in Veysonnaz saw James Whitley finish eighth fastest in the first run of the standing 2 slalom but fail to finish the second run, while Jack-Daniel Peters finished 21st in the same event.
The World Cup continues next week with four days of racing in the French resort of Tignes.