Gold and Silver for GB at Para World Champs

The hard work put in by the athletes and their guides has resulted in a GOLD medal for Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild with SILVER being taken by Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Katie Guest.

Knight and Wild put in a strong Super G section before holding off Fitzpatrick and Guest in the slalom to win overall by just over half a second, having knocked her goggles off midway down the course. After the racer knight posted on her social media: 'What a feeling this was yesterday, Super Combined World Champions!'

Knight added: "After what has been a very challenging year for us both, we never could have imagined achieving this result. Thank you to EVERYONE for all your incredible support from all around the world; it means so much to us!"

This has been a great week for Knight, not only did she celebrate her birthday out in Lillehammer but she also took the bronze medal in the Downhill. This was even more impressive seeing as she had crashed heavily in the training run.

After winning the bronze, Knight posted: "Best birthday present ever 🥳Absolutely beyond buzzing with today's result, especially after the crash in the Downhill training run 2 days ago. For the first time in my ski career, we received prize money; thank you so much World Para Snow Sports Championships 2021 Truely awesome guiding from Brett, very grateful for you!" Due to the crash, Knight and Wild did not start the downhill.

Having only had limited time on the speed skis this season, two days of training, a bronze in the World Cup Super G in December, Knight and Wild are coming into form in the run up to the Paralympics this year. Four years ago, Knight left Pyeongchang disappointed not to be taking home a Gold, this time around, things are looking positive.

Fitzpatrick commented after taking the silver: "Super happy with how today went. Made up a bit of time on the slalom part of the super combined so jumped a spot to win silver." adding "Thank you to @katieguest95 for some great guiding and helping me gain my confidence back in the speed events. Thanks to all the supports home and here we really appreciate all your support!!"

With the guide an integral part of the team in Visual Impaired ski racing, it is no surprise that the level of guide with the British Para team is getting better and better. Wild, a serving Royal Navy submariner, is an ex FIS racer and Guest was on the British alpine team as a youngster before heading off to university and then the appeal of the mountains pulled her again. Katie Guest is the younger sister of Charlie Guest, the top British female slalom racer on the World Cup.

Neil Simpson and his brother and guide, Andrew added to the medal haul for the Para alpine racers with the silver in the Men's VI race, posting the second fastest time on both runs. The Simpson brothers held on to win the silver by just 0.43 of a second. The Simpson's just missed out on a bronze in the downhill as they finished in fourth.

Shona Brownlee has also been in the medals taking the silver in the Women's sitski event in the Super G.

James Whitley placed 13th in the Men's standing in the Super G but failed to finished the slalom section of the Super Combined. Dan Sheen and Alex Segg will also be taking part.

The Championships continue with the technical races.

Full results for Para Snowsports

Picture from GB Snowsports Facebook page

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