Menna Fitzpatrick wins Great Britain’s only gold at the Pyeongchang Paralympics

Fred The Oyster

Skier Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe won Britain’s only Gold at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang yesterday.

The pair placed first in the women’s visually impaired slalom, after previously winning two silvers and a bronze in South Korea.

Cheshire-born Fitzpatrick and Army officer Kehoe beat Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova by 0.66 seconds.

“Our main aim was to go and have fun and beat our time from previously,” Fitzpatrick said after the race. “We just had to put in our best performance. And we fought the whole way down.”

The skier at just 19 also became Great Britain’s most successful individual winter Olympian after the win.

“I felt that we skied really well. We went for it and as soon as Jen said go for it, we flew down that last bit,” Fitzpatrick added.

After the victory, Fitzpatrick’s guide Kehoe said: “We were trying to keep it together on the medal podium because it was hugely emotional. It’s unbelievable to win a gold medal and it is beyond our wildest dreams.”

The win took the GB Paralympic team to seven medals in total beating the UK Sport target of six medals.