Following the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, Pyeongchang County, South Korea, it had been time to get Scotland’s 7 athletes within the ParalympicsGB team to Concentrate on the competition for medals on day one of the Games.
Glasgow’s Brett Wild has been in activity as guide to Millie Knight daily one of the Games from the Downhill, an event which they’re the reigning World Champions in having secured the gold medal in Tarvisio, Italy, at 2017.
Knight and Wild posted a time of 1:30.58 to win silver at the girls VI Downhill, 0.86 minutes behind Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova who chose gold with her guide Natalia Subrtova. Belgium’s Eleonor Sana and her manual Chloe Sana finished the podium using bronze.
Following his race Brett stated:
“It’s completely incredible, we’ve had a really challenging season but deep down I knew that if Millie skied how she could I knew we could do this and much better.
“We’ve got some other four races to go though, so let’s keep pushing.
“We have been working really hard and season we’ve been far off in the very best men and to cross the line and watch we were 0.8 seconds, I understood it was a good run since they’re normally a few seconds before everybody else.
“It was incredible for all of us to be back where we desired to be back into the mix”
Para Nordic Skiing
Scotland’s Scott Meenagh made his Paralympic debut at the Biathlon 7.5 km long occasion capping a remarkable transition to the sport for its 29 year old from Cumbernauld. Scott competed in para rowing at an worldwide level and just began Nordic Skiing at December 2014 prior to making the switch out of rowing full time at March 2016.
Meenagh was part of their Paralympic Inspiration Programme four decades ago in Sochi and has been determined to make it on the start line at a Paralympic Games ever since.
Scott posted a time of 27:28.1 from the men’s Biathlon 7.5kilometers rebounds, finished 18th overall in his first-ever Paralympic race with a time of 27:28.1, just 3:38.4 supporting American gold medallist Daniel Cnossen, together with the silver going to Belarus’ Dzmitry Loban while Canada’s Collin Cameron skied to bronze.
Following his debut race, Scott stated:
“It seems fantastic, absolutely amazing. Racing out there was such a buzz today, there was another energy. It is so different at a Paralympics and to be there with a number of the greatest people on earth was an absolute freedom and it attracted another level from me today.
“I Had aggressively. I came here to ski hard and aggressive. I’m fairly satisfied with the way that I skied. I fell a couple of shots on each and every round that, in my eyes, is not acceptable.
“But it was my very first time and shooting conditions were changing all the time today so we will return and reassess.
“But I won’t be too hard on myself today because that was a massive milestone on my trip.
“Four years ago I had been on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and Paralympic sport just looked like another degree.
“I left a little promise to myself when I saw the welcome service last time that I would be on the opposing side of this fence. I didn’t want to be a spectator.
“I have achieved that today and I’m extremely proud of myself. For the remainder of the Games I hope for more of the same. I need to ski with a lot of intent and ski smart. It had been my first time at a Paralympics Games today so hopefully I’ll be a bit calmer next moment.”
The Scottish rink of Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, Angie Malone MBE and Hugh Nibloe arrived in PyeongChang in confident mood after their bronze medal from the 2017 WCF World Wheelchair Curling Championships.
They couldn’t have been dealt a harder opening match at the 2018 Games since they were paired against reigning World Champions Norway in their opening match.
The Great Britain rink coached by Scotland’s Sheila Swan, dominated the game and ran out winners by 5-2. After dropping a shot at the first ending, Great Britain rallied and seemed the stronger unit shooting two shots at the fourth end and singles in the seventh and eighth endings to overpower the World Champions.
Consider further actions tomorrow as Brett Wild goes back to the slopes for the Super-G, Scott Meenagh goes at the 15 km Cross Country and our wheelchair curlers have a double header against Switzerland and Finland.
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