Winter Paralympics 2014: Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans make history with Great Britain's first ever gold medal
Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and guide Evans bounced back from downhill disappointment to win gold in the super-G
Monday 10 March 2014
Almost one month to the day after Jenny Jones claimed Great Britain’s first Olympic medal on snow, the Northern Ireland skier Kelly Gallagher has gone one better at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
Gallagher’s gold medal along with guide Charlotte Evans in the visually impaired super-g yesterday represents the first time a Briton has topped the podium in a snowsport event in either the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
And coupled with the success of team-mate Jade Etherington in taking bronze in the same event to add to her earlier silver in the women’s downhill, it showed how far Great Britain has come as a Winter Paralympic nation.
“It was nerve-wracking but I’m delighted with the result,” Gallagher, from Bangor in County Down, told BBC Sport afterwards.
“Normally when we compete, even in big events like World Championships, nobody is interested. But here there has been a lot of hype and pressure, as well as expectation, and maybe we let some of that in.”
Read more: Kelly Gallagher interview
Lionel Messi dumps Jerome Boateng: The moment two-goal hero made Bayern Munich defender look like 'baby in a playpen'
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match report: Lionel Messi double and Neymar strike put Barca on course for Champions League final
Floyd Mayweather mocks Manny Pacquiao: 'Winners win and losers have excuses'
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in top eight of Forbes Rich List
- 2 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 3 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General election live: Booths open at 7am across the country on polling day