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Gallagher falls short again but is sure she has more to offer

 

By Ross Lawson

Kelly Gallagher and resilience have gone hand-in-hand in the past year but the Bangor alpine skier is confident there is still more to come at the Winter Paralympic Games.

Gallagher and guide Gary Smith fell short in their latest bid for a medal in Pyeongchang, finishing fifth in yesterday's giant slalom despite an improvement in the second run.

But that result marks the best of the week for the visually impaired skier, fortunate to even be at her third Games after a heavily disrupted 12 months. Just one more shot at a podium place remains in her bid to turn her injury nightmare into a Paralympic dream, set to come in Sunday's slalom.

"We progressed from the first run to the second, it was a lot better and we had nothing to lose," said Gallagher, who is visually impaired due to a condition called oculocutaneous albinism. "In the first one I was coming under the gate and feeling it was steep when it wasn't, but in the second run I pushed it a little bit more and we definitely improved.

"I think there is more in us but I set out with the intention to work really hard, which I did, and overall it went quite well.

"We'll rest up for the next few days until Sunday, but when it comes around we'll give it our all."

Gallagher came to Pyeongchang as a defending Paralympic champion in the super-G but is yet to repeat her Sochi exploits from four years ago.

Yet in a year that has seen her break her arm and ribs, just getting there was an achievement,

Sainsbury's is a proud long-term supporter of the British Paralympic Association and a champion of inclusive sport for all. For more information on Sainsbury's commitment to inclusive sport visit http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/

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