Fitzpatrick and Kehoe warm up for PyeongChang with fifth World Cup medal
Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe’s PyeongChang preparations have taken another giant step forward after securing their fifth World Cup medal of the season in Veysonnaz.
The Alpine skiers are on their first outing since their Winter Paralympic Games selection was confirmed, celebrating in style with a silver medal in the giant slalom visually impaired race.
Fitzpatrick and guide Kehoe are set to race in all five disciplines in South Korea in March, and continued the warm up for their maiden Games in perfect style on the slopes of Austria.
Stopping the clock at 53.67 seconds in their first run, the pair were second at the halfway stage – a position they were to defend in the second effort.
Their next run was the third quickest in the field but it didn’t stop them from being second on the podium in a combined time of 1:51.58, more than a second ahead of third place.
"Wowee, what a day! Today was our first race of 2018. We had an awesome time racing AND we won a silver medal! Congrats to Henrietta & Natalia on another win!" Menna and Jen
The race win went to five-time Paralympic champion Henrieta Farkasova, fastest in both runs, while Melissa Perrine of Australia rounded out the podium.
There was also a first post-PyeongChang selection race for Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild, finishing seventh, one place behind Sochi 2014 Super-G gold medallist Kelly Gallagher.
Matt Short and PyeongChang-bound James Whitley were also in action on the opening day, both successfully completing their runs in the men’s giant slalom standing.
The British squad were due to be in action in the second day of racing, on Tuesday, only for unsafe weather conditions to force racing to be cancelled.