Kelley Gallagher wins GB first Winter Paralympic gold

Updated: Monday, 10 Mar 2014 09:07 | Comments

Kelley Gallagher finished top of the standings
Kelley Gallagher finished top of the standings

Visually-impaired Northern Irish skier Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans earned Great Britain their first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics.

The 28-year-old from Bangor, Co Down, and Evans took the super-G title in one minute, 28.72 seconds in Sochi, Russia as they bounced back from their downhill disappointment on Saturday in emphatic fashion.

Gallagher and Evans were the first of the six pairs down and had an anxious wait to see if their time would be good enough.

Russian world champion Aleksandra Frantceva was expected to go quicker, but crashed out, leaving the British duo on top of the standings.

It represented a huge turnaround in fortunes from just two days ago when they finished dead last, leaving Evans in tears.

Gallagher and Evans admitted they could not have felt lower after the downhill run.

Evans was in tears after that disappointment and said: "It takes a lot to make me cry, even the coach didn't really know what to do with me. It was that awkward tap like, 'Come on, sort yourself out'. My eyes were sore from crying.

"We did our best in the downhill and it didn't work, I can't tell you why. But I know that today worked."

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