Pyeongchang 2018 Officially Britain’s Most Successful Paralympic Winter Games Ever


This weekend saw the curtain come down on the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang which proved to be extremely successful for Team GB. Before the Games got underway Britain were targeting between six and 12 medals following on from the six they won in Sochi in 2014.

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The country met their target achieving a total of seven medals making the 2018 Games the most successful Paralympic Winter Games in the country’s history. All seven medals were won in alpine skiing events with two athletes sharing the honours.

All seven medals were won by skiers Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight in various events for the visually impaired duo. The only gold won by Britain at the Games was won by Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe in the women’s visually-impaired slalom, beating Slovakian skier Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalie Subrtova by 0.66 seconds. This victory was not only Britain’s only gold medal, but also marked only the second gold GB had ever won at the Winter Paralympics.

The first came at Sochi in 2014 with Kelly Gallagher triumphing in the visually-impaired women’s Super-G event.

Yesterday saw the 2018 Winter Paralympics draw to a spectacular close in South Korea with Fitzpatrick and Kehoe leading out Britain’s delegation of 17 athletes. The ceremony was attended by thousands of spectators and was extremely well received by local people, meaning organisers could give a sigh of relief after initial concerns about ticket sales.

Overall, the medal table was topped by USA who took the biggest number of athletes to the Games with 74. In total the USA won 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. They got off to a fantastic start with Kendall Gretsch taking gold in the women’s biathlon skiing event. They also won the last event of the Games defeating Canada 2-1 in the Para-ice hockey, scoring a goal in the last minute to steal a dramatic victory.

Just like with the Winter Olympics, one of the stories that dominated the Paralympics was the involvement of Russian athletes. After reports of state sponsored doping, Russian athletes were forced to compete under the ‘Neutral Paralympic Athlete’ team rather than the Russian flag, but they still performed well winning 24 medals, eight of which were gold, to be second in the medal table.

Following the conclusion of the Games in Pyeongchang, the next two summer and winter Games will also be taking place in Asian cities. First up will be the summer Games in Tokyo in 2020 who were chosen over Istanbul and Madrid as the host city. The next winter Olympics will be in Beijing in 2022, who become the first city ever to host both the summer and winter Games following the 2008 Olympics.

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