Winter Paralympics: Australian alpine skier Melissa Perrine wins bronze in super-combined

Winter Paralympics: Australian alpine skier Melissa Perrine wins bronze in super-combined

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March 13, 2018 18:44:04

Alpine skier Melissa Perrine has won bronze at the Winter Paralympics in the vision-impaired super-combined, Australia’s second medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

The 30-year-old sat 5.66 seconds (factored) behind in sixth after the super-G stage of the race, but produced a clinical slalom run to shave off the required time to reach the podium.

She finished 3.1 seconds behind gold medal winner Henrieta Farkasova from Slovakia, with silver going to Menna FitzPatrick from Great Britain.

Perrine produced the fastest slalom time (55.32 secs) in the eight-woman field, with three DNFs from the super-G.

She sat in gold medal position for most of the second stage before Farkasova and FitzPatrick overtook her with the last and second-last runs respectively.

Perrine, who has congenital vision-impairments and manages epilepsy, registered fifth placings in the downhill and super-G on the first two days of competition, the latter achieved while battling illness.

She broke through for her first medal at her third Games, following promising results at Vancouver 2010 with a series of DNFs and disqualifications in Sochi four years ago.

She was guided down the Jeongseon Alpine Centre course by sighted guide and coach Christian Geiger, who led alpine skier Jess Gallagher to bronze in the giant slalom in Sochi four years ago.

Perrine’s result comes a day after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross to already ensure the Australian team eclipsed their performance in Sochi, where they claimed two bronze medals.

She may not be Australia’s only medallist on day four, with standing skier Mitch Gourley in bronze position after his super-G run.

AAP

Topics:

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paralympics,

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alpine-skiing,

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australia

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March 13, 2018 18:34:23



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