Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Frustrated Gallagher hungry for big finish

Crash: Kelly Gallagher wants an end to the frustration
Crash: Kelly Gallagher wants an end to the frustration

Kelly Gallagher couldn't hide her frustration after crashing once again to end another chance of a medal at the Winter Paralympics but she remains defiant she has another title-winning run in her.

The 28-year-old, who is visually impaired and guided by Charlotte Evans, was on course to set the fastest time in the first run of the women's individual slalom but agonisingly fell just four gates from the finish line.

Instead fellow Brits Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell led after the first run at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre but had to settle for silver as they finished 0.65 seconds behind Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva.

Despite winning the women's super-G on Monday – Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold – Gallagher and Evans haven't had luck on their side after finishing last in the downhill and crashing out of the super combined.

"I can only have two adjectives, frustrating and upset, so it is just tough," said Gallagher. "I don't like being the poster girl of 'anything can happen'. One day we are at the top and the next three days you are not. My ski came off; I must have got caught in a rut and not been in a good body position. I must have been sitting back or something. It is just a slip up and unfortunately it is here at the Games rather than just in a training course. We were skiing well."

Gallagher and Evans tackle the final alpine skiing discipline of the Games in Sochi – the giant slalom – on Sunday.

"It is just hard luck I guess. For the past two days we've had the hard luck and someone else is getting the good stuff so we will see what happens," she added.

"Maybe we will really wallow in this and let it all out but we will rest and recover and come back fresh for the giant slalom."

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