Fitzpatrick opens season in style with Europa Cup gold
Menna Fitzpatrick could not have asked for a better start to her season after she and guide Jennifer Kehoe stormed to Para Alpine Skiing Europa Cup gold.
Fitzpatrick had not taken to the snow competitively so far this campaign but showed that that mattered very little in Pitztal, Austria, producing an excellent performance to win the women’s super combined visually impaired competition.
The conditions were far from in their favour too, but after finishing third in the Super-G in a time of 1:13.64, things were looking positive at the halfway stage.
And from there it was to get even better, not only stopping the clock at 1:04.50 in the slalom, but also finishing more than two seconds ahead of the next best competitor.
That meant the 2:18.44 overall time was just enough to beat Germany’s Noemi Ristau who took silver while bronze went to Eleonor Sana of Belgium.
“Today was about putting everything we’ve trained over the summer into practice," said Fitzpatrick.
"We didn’t have any expectations about the result, we focussed on the process, and getting our race routine fine-tuned ahead of the World Cup next week.
"When the commentator announced the time after the Slalom, neither one of us really believed the time was correct! The course and conditions were really tricky and the run felt terrible!
"It wasn’t until our families started messaging us that it started sinking in! It’s been nearly two years since winning our last race, after Menna broke her hand last season, we are so happy with this result!!"
Pic: VI Ski Team-Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe on Facebook