Gallagher falls on last day at Sochi

Published Sunday, 16 March 2014
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Northern Ireland's Kelly Gallagher has blamed bad luck after falling on the final day of Alpine Skiing action at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on Sunday.

Gallagher falls on last day at Sochi
Kelly Gallagher crashes in the Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired (© Getty)

The visually-impaired skier, who is from Bangor in Co Down, and her guide Charlotte Evans completed a Games full of mixed emotions.

They became the first ever Britons to win a Winter Paralympic gold with victory in the super-G on Monday.

But they also failed to finish three of their five events and Gallagher admitted even their gold felt like little consolation.

It comes after Gallagher fell at a gate during the Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired event after her ski came off on Sunday.

She said: "We didn't come to the Games for just one event, we came to the Games with a chance of five gold medals and we chased after every single one of those medals."

She added: "I don't know how to fight down a course with one ski on. It's just bad luck.

"We have definitely won the award for the most bad luck," Evans said.

"We put 100% in every time we do anything. We were told from the beginning that if you do that, you'll get a medal, but we did that and we got our gold medal."

She added: "It's hard to swallow right now, but we'll pick ourselves up and begin again."

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games concluded with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night.

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