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Golden girl Kelly Gallagher crashes out in bid for second Sochi medal

By Rebbeca Black

Northern Ireland golden girl suffered a heartbreaking setback yesterday when she fell on her quest for a second medal in Sochi.

Kelly Gallagher (28) from Bangor was the toast of the UK on Monday when she became the first member of Team GB to win a gold medal at a Winter Paralympic Games.

The partially sighted athlete won the Super G along with her guide Charlotte Evans (22) on Monday.

But the following day she crashed out of the slalom in which she had been hoping to add to her medal haul.

Conditions were poor for competitors at the Russian venue yesterday with the race postponed for four hours because of rain and poor visibility.

Kelly recovered soon after her fall and completed the course despite the setback, which put her out of contention. However, she was philosophical about what happened.

"Slalom is a really tough event," she said.

"You're on the edge of your seat and technically I just didn't make it. It just wasn't to be."

Charlotte added: "Until that fall it's probably the best that we have ever skied a slalom, so although it didn't happen for us we still have the technical events coming up and we're feeling confident."

Prime Minister David Cameron led the tributes to the duo yesterday when they captured the first ever Team GB gold medal at a Winter Paralympic Games.

North Down Borough Council is planning an official homecoming for her next week.

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