Gallagher 'upset' after falling again

Published Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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Northern Ireland's Kelly Gallagher was left "frustrated and upset" after falling during her latest bid to win another medal at the Paralympics.

Gallagher 'upset' after falling again
Kelly Gallagher in action in Sochi. (© Getty)

The 28-year-old skier from Bangor - whose historic gold earlier this week in the Super-G at Sochi was Team GB's first - saw her luck desert her as she crashed out four gates from the finish of her first slalom run.

It was the second time visually-impaired Gallagher has fallen in two days after she caught a rut and lost a ski on Tuesday in the slalom stage of the super combined.

She said: "I can only have two adjectives, frustrating and upset."

Her guide, Charlotte Evans, added: "We had our luck with our gold, but we have definitely had our three bad lucks so hopefully it has come in threes and it's done now. I have more anger than emotion."

Meanwhile their British team-mates Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claimed a third medal in as many events as they picked up silver.

The pair were also left disappointed though, because they had been in pole position after their first run, but Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva turned around a 0.55 seconds deficit on the second to win by 0.65secs.

"We were aiming for the gold and we didn't get it," Etherington said.

"Frantceva and I both started on the circuit at the same time, six years ago, so we've constantly had that battle. She used to beat me every single race and she was the one I would look up to. Now sometimes I beat her and sometimes I don't.

"It's good to have rivalry - and I've dragged Caroline into the fight."

Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans will be back in action on Sunday in the giant slalom event which will give them a final chance to add to their medal haul.

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Adrian in Coleraine wrote (322 days ago):
Kelly well done getting gold ! As long as your injury free dont worry about it all of northern ireland is so proud of you !
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