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Gallagher is still hopeful of chance to repeat gold success


Kelly Gallagher

Sochi skiing gold medallist Kelly Gallagher faces a nervous wait to discover whether she will make the Great Britain squad for March's Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

The 32-year-old from County Down was omitted from the Great Britain squad yesterday as GB's two allocated spots for visually-impaired skiers went to world champion Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick.

Gallagher, however, could still earn a third Games place when spare slots are reallocated later this month.

"Although this is a sad position to be in, we are committed as ever to being the best ski racers we can be," Gallagher said on Twitter.

"All we can do is keep training in the hopes that a spot will be found for us to compete in all disciplines. Whether that works out for us or not, who knows."

Four skiers and three snowboarders have been named in the GB squad.

There are also places on the ski team for standing competitors Chris Lloyd and James Whitley.

Gallagher and then-guide Charlotte Evans created history in Sochi, winning Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold medal when they triumphed in the Super-G event.

The Winter Paralympics begin on March 9.

Belfast Telegraph