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GB athletes get off to flying start at 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships

Jade Etherington and Kelly Gallagher, 2013 World Champs

on 21-02-2013 17:00

British athletes have made a positive start to their campaign at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, the last major Alpine Skiing competition before the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

On the first day of competition, Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans claimed a podium spot, taking bronze in the women's Downhill visually impaired.

A day later, Gallagher was back in action on the slopes competing in the super-G. Also competing was Paralympic hopeful Jade Etherington, who was competing with her guide John Clark.

Both Gallagher and Etherington were competing against favourite Henrieta Farkasova from Slovakia, who was targeting five world titles, but the Slovakian finished outside the medals in the visually impaired class.

Alexandra Frantseva, together with her guide Pavel Zabotin, may have claimed Russia's first gold of the Championships with a time of 1:18.20, but it was the two British athletes in the field who made up the remaining spots on the podium.

Kelly Gallagher, with guide Charlotte Evans, took silver in 1:21.30 with her teammate Jade Etherington, competing with her new guide John Clark, taking bronze in 1:21.58.

"This is great for British skiing as we're all working really hard with the goal of next year's Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in mind."Kelly Gallagher

Gallagher was delighted to secure her second medal of the Championships. She said: "You always hope you can medal and out here we're just focussing on doing our best - me doing my best and Charlotte doing her best.

"It's tough competition with Frantseva and Farkasova so I'm delighted to take silver to add to yesterday's bronze. To take gold at some point would be a dream come true.

"I'm delighted for my team-mate Jade too in taking bronze. She's had a difficult season and did really well today.

"This is great for British skiing as we're all working really hard with the goal of next year's Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in mind."

After the second day of competition and 12 medal events, Austria lead the medals table with five medals including three golds.

The 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain will run through to 27 February. Friday will be a rest day for all competitors and competition will resume on Saturday (23 February) with the slalom events.

Nearly 120 skiers from 28 countries will compete in the event which is the last major international Championships ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

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