Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Gallagher pledges to learn from costly error

Agony: Kelly Gallagher is dejected after falling in Sochi yesterday

Kelly Gallagher insists an unfortunate error in the women's super combined will prove to be a valuable lesson from which she can learn when she challenges for a second Winter Paralympic medal in Sochi.

The 28-year-old, who is visually impaired and competes with guide Charlotte Evans, fell during the slalom of the super combined event to rule out them out of the deciding rescheduled super-G element on Friday.

The circumstances were far from perfect for the pair however, as Evans had felt unwell overnight while fog had disrupted yesterday's schedule and a faulty set of wireless headsets had the pair panicking for a replacement.

The women's individual slalom event, contested over two runs, has been brought forward to this morning and, despite her disappointment, Gallagher is confident of putting together a good race.

"I just wasn't early enough on the gate. I was late and you get punished in slalom like that," she said. "We were skiing really well; we were making the best of our chances and taking opportunities.

"We'll take everything we can; we'll just treat it as a training run [for the actual slalom]. Our headsets stopped working so we had to get somebody from ParalympicsGB to come from our room at the athletes' village with a spare set.

"And even then they were cutting out a bit. You were kind of dealing with the weather as well but that's ski racing."

Gallagher and Evans both struggled to come to terms with the fact that they had won Great Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold on Monday in the super-G.

But Gallagher is determined to make sure the pair finish on a high in their remaining events.

"We've had ups and downs and we're going to be back hopefully as we still have two more chances to get another medal," she said.

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