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Team Ireland excel at alpine skiing in South Korea

Updated: Saturday, 02 Feb 2013 21:37 | Comments

Rosalind Connolly in action in Korea
Rosalind Connolly in action in Korea

Team Ireland's alpine skiers have picking up one gold medal, three silver medals and one bronze medal in the super G event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea today.

The gold medal went to Rosalind Connolly from Portadown, Co Armagh, who was competing in the novice event, while Katherine Daly from Dalkey, Co Dublin and Stuart Brierton from Bray, Co Wicklow, won silver medals in their divisions.

Ryan Hill from Richhill, Co Armagh, won silver in the intermediate event with Lucy Best from Lisburn, Co Antrim, winning bronze in the same competition.

Gary Burton came in fourth place in the intermediate competition, a fantastic result for the athlete from Sallynoggin who had not competed at this level previously.

Speaking about Team Ireland’s fantastic performance in South Korea today Matt English, chief executive of Special Olympics Ireland said: “I am thrilled at the performances of our skiers today and would like to congratulate each of the athletes and their coaches on their achievements.

"There was such disappointment yesterday when competition had to be called off because of the bad weather conditions but it’s clear from today’s performances that this interlude didn’t affect the athletes in any way.

"Once again Team Ireland has proven that hard work and training pay off and I would like to wish them all the very best in their remaining competition events here in South Korea."

Today was the first day of action for Team Ireland’s skiers at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games as competition had to be halted yesterday because of heavy rain fall.

Team Ireland will take to the slopes again tomorrow.

Today’s medal wins by the Irish ski team follows the floorball team’s bronze medal win on Thursday.

To follow Team Ireland’s progress at the Games please visit www.specialolympcis.ie/wintergames

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