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Medal glory still a possibility for Gallagher in her favourite event

 

By Ross Lawson

Give it your all and leave nothing on the hill - Kelly Gallagher knows what she wants from her Winter Paralympic finale.

The Bangor alpine skier faced a huge journey just to get to PyeongChang but, as she prepares to bid farewell to her third Games, a medal has yet to come her way.

Fifth place in her last giant slalom outing marked her best result, improving as the week went on with confidence building alongside Gary Smith.

But with a personal favourite slalom in store on Sunday, the Paralympic gold medallist from Sochi is not prepared to throw in the towel.

Super-G gold came her way four years ago but, with reality and expectations different this time around, Gallagher is content to rein in any immediate thoughts of glory.

"It's hard to want something and for it then not to work out for you, but I suppose having that resilience is really what these Games are about," said Gallagher, who is visually impaired and has oculocutaneous albinism.

"We've got so many events in such a small space of time, I do wish that I'd been quicker so we could get closer to, if not in, the medals but it was okay."

Gallagher's PyeongChang preparations were cut down last year when a crash saw her dislocate her elbow and break three ribs prior to the 2017 World Championships.

But the drama has not stopped there, with her guide Smith set to become a father during his time in South Korea.

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