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SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

19/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26127300
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SSA eNews: Edition 11 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Targets reached in PyeongChang, now for Beijing 2022

Targets reached in PyeongChang, now for Beijing 2022

Four medals won and a top 15 position on the overall medal tally means the Australian Paralympic Winter Team reached its targets in PyeongChang.

The haul was double Sochi (two) from four years ago and Torino in 2006 (two), and one more than Vancouver (three) in 2010. In fact, Australia’s tally of four is the highest number of medals won since Salt Lake City in 2002 (seven).

The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) was aiming for between two and four medals and a top-15 position from its 12 athletes and three sighted guides in South Korea.

Australia finished with one gold and three bronze from Para-alpine skier Melissa Perrine and Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore to wedge itself into 15th place in the tally, behind Norway (14th) and above Finland (16th).

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PyeongChang 2018 Closing Ceremony

WATCH the PyeongChang wrap, with one gold, three bronze and a top 15 finish, plus the achievements of each athlete on our team, PyeongChang was nothing short of extraordinary.

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Closing Ceremony flag bearer 2

Dual Paralympic bronze medallist Perrine named as Closing Ceremony flag bearer

The longer road to Paralympic glory for Mittagong’s Melissa Perrine convinced 2018 Australian Team Chef de Mission Nick Dean that she was the ideal choice to carry the fag at tonight’s Closing Ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

With two athletes winning two medals each in South Korea – Perrine’s two bronze in Para-alpine skiing and Simon Patmore’s gold and bronze in Para-snowboard – it made the decision a tough one.

Patmore enjoyed the better results and also made his Paralympic Winter Games debut in PyeongChang. Perrine was at her third Paralympic Games after two, at times, heart-breaking campaigns in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

“Mel’s a campaigner and as I said right at the outset, I’m happy for medals of any colour,” Dean said.

“Simi (Patmore) was fantastic. Mel’s is more of a saga, more of a story – three Games, 10 years of hard training,” he said.

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Mel Perrine Narrowly misses bronze

Perrine just outside the medals on the final day in PyeongChang

The PyeongChang 2018 Para-alpine skiing program came to an end today, with Australia's Melissa Perrine finishing agonisingly close to a third Paralympic medal after placing fourth in the women's vision impaired Slalom today.

She was second fastest down the hill in 58.33 seconds on the second run - just 0.77 seconds behind eventual gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick (Great Britain) - but could not make up the time lost in her first run, when she drifted more than three seconds from gold.

"It was a pretty dismal first run. Sorry you guys had to look at that," Perrine said.

"I didn’t ski well in the first run. Second run was a little bit better. I obviously would have liked to do better today. I just didn't go out and perform the way I'm capable of.

"We had to take a step back and reassess (between runs) and just know that it was 'make it or break it' for the second one. I had to go out there and put something special there down and I was able to claw some time back, but not enough."

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SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

18/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26117956
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SSA eNews: Edition 10 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Gourley

Team Co-captain Gourley gets so close once again

Australian Paralympic Team Co-captain Mitch Gourley enjoyed his third top-10 finish at the PyeongChang 2018 Games but yet again, a first Paralympic medal for the Victorian has eluded him.

And for a second time in this South Korean campaign, he was in bronze medal position after his first run. It happened in the Super Combined on Tuesday – where he finished 5th – and it happened in the Slalom today – where he finished 6th. He also has an 8th from the Giant Slalom on Wednesday.

It seems the Paralympic gods are against Gourley getting a medal hung around his neck. He is a three-time Paralympian and in eight previous races in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, Gourley had three top-10 finishes.

He is the reigning world champion in the Super Combined from the 2017 IPC Para-alpine skiing World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. He has seven gold medals from World Cup series racing. The quality is undeniably there but success seems so evasive at a Paralympic Games.

“I don’t think that anything that I did up there today was any different to what I do any other day of the year or any day in the cycle,” Gourley said.

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Mitch video

WATCH:  After a sensational first run in the Slalom, Mitch Gourley was in contention for his first Paralympic medal however he was unable to replicate it for his second attempt and finished in sixth place.

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COMING UP DAY 9: Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom
Para Snowboarders

WATCH:  What a week for Australia's Paralympic snowboarders! Simon Patmore won two medals from two events, while Ben Tudhope and Sean Pollard achieved an incredible top 10 finish.

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Patmore Gallagher story

Paralympian Patmore thanks Gallagher for being part of his journey

Dual PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic medallist Simon Patmore drew inspiration from Para-alpine skier turned Para-cyclist Jessica Gallagher, when he bit the bullet and decided he wanted to be a Summer and Winter Paralympian.

While there are many athletes who have switched sports within their seasonal Games – for example Dylan Alcott winning double gold in wheelchair tennis in Rio after winning gold and silver with the men’s wheelchair basketball team at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 – there have only been six Australian athletes in 42 years that have successfully jumped between Summer and Winter.

And only two have won medals in both – Patmore and Gallagher.

“I know how hard it is,” Patmore said, of converting a 200m sprint bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to gold and bronze in the snowboard cross and banked slalom respectively, at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

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Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

17/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26107078
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SSA eNews: Edition 9 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Patmore adds bronze to his Paralympic medal collection

Patmore adds bronze to his Paralympic medal collection

Australian Paralympic snowboarder Simon Patmore kept clipping seconds off his time with each run in the banked slalom in PyeongChang today to claim bronze – his second medal of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

And in doing so he not only gave himself a 100 per cent record in South Korea - two medals in two events - but doubled the Australian Team's medal tally from Sochi 2014 to four. The Russian collection was two bronze medals. The PyeongChang collection currently sits at one gold and three bronze, with two events left on the 2018 program in Para-alpine skiing: the men's and women's slalom.

That gold is Patmore's after a startling six runs in the snowboard cross on Monday.

"I can't believe it," Patmore said of his precious cargo after being ranked world No.6 in the snowboard cross and No.5 in banked slalom before heading to PyeongChang.

"I literally can't wait to be a week from now and look at my medals and think 'Oh my god, how did I get these?'," the 30-year-old from Brisbane said.

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Shaun video

WATCH:  Meet Shaun Pianta... it has been a tumultuous four years for Pianta and his sighted guide Jeremy O'Sullivan, but this week he made his Paralympic Winter Games debut. 

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COMING UP DAY 8: Para Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

16/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26093322
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SSA eNews: Edition 8 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine APC YouTube clip

WATCH medal machine Melissa Perrine talk about her journey which started three Paralympic Games ago in Vancouver

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Para Snowbaord Story

A night on the South Korean coast to refresh Australia’s Paralympic snowboarders

The Australian Paralympic snowboard team headed off to the South Korean coastal town of Gangneung this week to give everyone a change of scenery between Monday’s snowboard cross and today's banked slalom at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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Melissa Perrine Career Decision

No call yet on Beijing 2022 Games by dual Paralympic bronze medallist Perrine

After breaking her Paralympic Games medal drought in PyeongChang, Para-alpine skier Melissa Perrine is undecided on whether to return to Asia in four years’ time for the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games.

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COMING UP DAY 7: Para Snowboard Banked Slalom
Channel 7

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SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

15/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26085631
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SSA eNews: Edition 7 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine Wins Bronze Again

Perrine backs up her maiden Paralympic medal with another 24 hours later

Two Paralympic bronze in two days - Melissa Perrine is becoming a medal factory for the Australian Paralympic Team at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

She has single-handedly increased Australia's medal tally by two-thirds with her efforts over 24 hours. Her two medals, combined with Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore's gold brings the Australian medal tally to three.

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Melissa Perrine Profile Feature

READ all about the woman taking Australia by storm!

Melissa Perrine is competing in her third Paralympics and has won her first two Paralympic medals in consecutive days. Find out more about her incredible story.

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Melissa Perrrine Video

WATCH Melissa Perrine and sighted guide Christian Geiger talk about what it takes between them to achieve success on their path to PyeongChang.

"The stakes are higher, but the job is the same."

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COMING UP DAY 6: Para Snowboard Banked Slalom
Channel 7

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SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

14/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26070344
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SSA eNews: Edition 6 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Melissa Perrine Wins Bronze

Perrine finally cracks the Paralympic Winter Games podium

A near-perfect Slalom by Melissa Perrine and sighted guide Christian Geiger handed the NSW Southern Highlands skier her first Paralympic medal at her third Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The Perrine-Geiger team were in 6th place after the Super G component in the morning, and then nailed the Slalom course in the afternoon to win bronze behind Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) taking gold, and Menna Fitzpatrick (Great Britain) the silver.

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Shaun Pianta Preview Video

WATCH Australian Para alpine skier Shaun Pianta's path to PyeongChang.

The last member of the Australian Paralympic Team after he passed a medical test on his injured knee, Shaun and sighted guide Jeremy O'Sullivan have fought the odds to reach their goal.

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Sean Pollard Feature

Pollard takes a giant step on his new sporting journey

Four years ago Sean Pollard was an electrician in Western Australia, today he is a Winter Paralympian after completing his first snowboard event at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

In between he had to face horrors very few have – and survived.

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ICYMI Yesterday
Patmore APC Youtube Video

WATCH Paralympic gold medalist Simon Patmore speak about that gold medal feeling!

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COMING UP DAY 5: Men's Slalom Para Alpine Skiing
Channel 7

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SSA eNews: Edition 5 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 5 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

13/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26061197
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SSA eNews: Edition 5 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Simon Patmore Wins Gold

Patmore enters Australian Paralympic history breaking a 16 year Winter gold medal drought

Simon Patmore is the boy from Nundah, Queensland who has now become a permanent fixture in Australian Paralympic history, with his breakthrough gold medal in the snowboard cross at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

The 30-year-old sprinkled a fair bit of that sunshine his state is famous for, by winning Australia’s first gold medal at a Winter Paralympics since Michael Milton and Bart Bunting did it at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

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Simon credits Commonewelath and Summer Paralympic Games

Commonwealth Games and Summer Paralympics help Patmore win gold in PyeongChang

Australia's newest gold medallist Simon Patmore would like to thank his Commonwealth Games and Summer Paralympics racing for helping him add a Paralympic winter medal to his collection.

The 30-year-old Queenslander's previous life, before snowboarding at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, was as an international sprinter.

He has the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games 100m T46 gold medal and the London 2012 Paralympic Games 200m T46 bronze to prove it.

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Patmore Profile

READ more about Australia's golden boy and get to know more of his story before Patmore next competes in the Para-snowboard Banked Slalom on Friday March 16.

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Patmore's Path to PyeongChang Gold
APC Para-Snowboard Preview Video

WATCH Australian Para-snowboard Coach Lukas Prem give you an insight into what the game plan was for Simon Patmore's gold medal winning performance.

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Patmore SSA Youtube Video

WATCH Paralympic gold medalist Simon Patmore speak about what sets the Aussie Para Snowboard team apart from the rest.

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COMING UP DAY 4: Men's and Women's Super Combined Alpine Skiing
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 4 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 4 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

12/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26050130
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SSA eNews: Edition 4 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Day 2 Wrap

Survival test for Australia in the Super G at the PyeongChang Games

It certainly was a survival test at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre today as the Super G Para-alpine skiers experienced the warmest conditions yet at either the 2018 Winter Olympics or Paralympics, which made for poor quality snow.

The Spring-time weather created some havoc for the six Australian Paralympic skiers with only 50 per cent completing the run. Even the blue painted borders started to melt down the slope.

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Badenhorst Injury

Badenhorst not budging despite double Games blow

She was the best snowboarder for the 2017/18 IPC World Cup season, so Joany Badenhorst is not going to budge from her new duties as chief cheerleader following the devastating leg injury that closed the competition door for her at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Badenhorst won an IPC Crystal Globe in February for banked slalom and sealed the overall Globe too, signifying she was the best performed athlete over the World Cup season just ended.

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Patmore Para-Snowboard

Patmore turns Summer into Winter

There’s only been six of them in 40 years, so Queensland’s Simon Patmore will enter a fairly exclusive club of athletes who have competed at both a Paralympic Summer and Winter Games when he takes to the snowboard cross course tomorrow.

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Patmore Video

WATCH Australian Paralympian Simon Patmore about what sets the Aussie Para-Snowboard team apart from the rest.

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COMING UP DAY 3: Para Snowboarding gets underway
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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SSA eNews: Edition 3 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

SSA eNews: Edition 3 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games

11/03/2018, Australia, Snow Sports, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Article # 26042746
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SSA eNews: Edition 3 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games
Day 1 Downhill

Australians dust themselves off to focus on Super G

With a warm burst of weather approaching, Australia’s Paralympic alpine skiers are hoping to get some good results from Sunday’s Super-G event at PyeongChang’s Jeongseon Alpine Centre before conditions start to deteriorate.

The Downhill was completed on Saturday with Australia enjoying two top-five finishes – to vision-impaired skier Melissa Perrine (NSW, 5th) and sit-skier Tori Pendergast (NSW, 4th).

Sit-skier Sam Tait (NSW) narrowly missed out on a top-10 result finishing 11th from a field of 26 competitors.

But the Korean weather is turning decidedly Spring-like in the coming days. So the Australians are anxious to get the second speed event on the five-event program underway while the snow remains in reasonably good condition.

Weather forecasts are for temperatures to rise to a maximum of over 10 degrees Celsius by mid-week. This just days after the Australians marched in the opening ceremony in -6 degrees Celsius.

“I’m very worried about the warmer conditions. It’s looks like Spring has sprung, as of Sunday,” Chef de Mission Nick Dean said.

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Sam Video

WATCH: Years of hard work came together for Paralympic debutant Sam Tait after day one of competition in PyeongChang, and his family's reaction is priceless..

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Tori downhill

Pendergast gives her all at first Paralympic Downhill race

It was Tori Pendergast’s second Paralympic Games but her first Paralympic Downhill race, and she definitely had to wait for the privilege.

As if the fastest event on the Para-alpine skiing calendar isn’t scary enough, Pendergast was attempting it at Winter Games for the first time. She competed in both slalom events only in Sochi four years ago.

Add into the equation that the athlete before Pendergast – Switzerland’s Stephani Victor – crashed in her sit-ski. It took two technical crew more than five minutes to help Victor off the course.

The Australian was the last runner to come down the 2,356-metre course at Jeongseon Alpine Centre but she was forced to wait… and wait…

“It was a bit tough but that stuff is always a huge mental battle to try and get over,” the 27-year-old from the NSW Central Coast said.

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COMING UP DAY 2: Para Alpine Super-G
Channel 7

Catch all the best moments from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics each day from 11am on 7mate. Check your local guides for all details.

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