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Fitzpatrick and Kehoe warm up for PyeongChang with tenth World Cup medal

on 12-02-2018 14:41

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe will board the flight to PyeongChang with an abundance of confidence after enjoying a medal-laden Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Final in Canada.

The pair had already secured their first gold of the season on Saturday but ensured that was not the only success, picking up another two medals on the final day of action.

Like London buses, their first World Cup gold was followed swiftly by a second – zooming to the top of the women's Super-G vision impaired podium with an impressive display of racing.

Fitzpatrick and Kehoe then followed that up with silver in the second outing of the day in Kimberley, hitting a perfect ten of medals in the World Cup season.

Now, with the Winter Paralympic Games less than a month away and medals proving a regularity on the circuit, it’s little wonder spirits are high for the Alpine duo.

“It was fantastic to see everyone on such great form here,” said Kehoe.

“Our results from these races have given us great confidence ahead of the Paralympics and we can’t wait to get on that plane and fly the flag for GB." Jennifer Kehoe

“The course was really well prepared. Even though it was snowing there was a really solid base and it’s been brilliant over the days to have some strong competition.”

Fitzpatrick and Kehoe were not the only British pairing on the podium on the final day of competition, with ParalympicsGB teammates Millie Knight and Brett Wild taking bronze in both Super-G races.

Their first race time of 1:27.83 was within four seconds of gold too, with champions Fitzpatrick and Kehoe stopping the clock in 1:24.19.

In fact the second race was even closer as fewer than two seconds separated Knight and Wild in third, and gold medallists Noemi Ewa Ristau and Lucien Gerkau.

World downhill champion Knight had already enjoyed a promising weekend with bronze in that event on Saturday, ensuring they too will head to South Korea on a positive note.

With competition at its fierce best in Canada, Fitzpatrick is among those thinking it can only be a good thing for the British team with what is to come across the next few weeks.

“It’s been an amazing couple of days here in Kimberley." Menna Fitzpatrick

“We have had lots of fun and we are so grateful to the race organisers and volunteers for working tirelessly to make sure we had some speed races before we head to South Korea.

“We definitely sent it down there, we had good speed coming off the rollers and were quite close to the gates, particularly in the first race.”

Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith were also in action on Sunday, as were Andy Barlow and Matt Short in the men’s competitions, unable to reach the podium in their respective events.


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