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Knight claims Paralympics bronze
Knight claims Paralympics bronze

Kent skier Millie Knight has won Great Britain’s first medal at the Beijing Winter Paralympics.

It’s a remarkable achievement for the Brit who suffered psychological trauma and four concussions in five years which left her questioning whether she had a future in the sport.

“At the start I was just thinking, find the seconds, do anything you can do to go faster, it doesn’t matter if you’re scared, keep going,” Knight said.

“This bronze is something very special. It ranks above our silver four years ago in Pyeongchang.

“We have gone through some tough things and it has changed us.

“Brett’s belief and confidence in me has very much inspired me and made me want to do it not just for me, my family friends and sponsors, but for him.

The 23-year-old and her guide Brett Wild claimed a bronze medal in the women’s visually-impaired downhill, finishing in a time of 1:23.20.

Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova won her third gold medal in a row with a time of 1:19.50 while China’s Zhu Daqing took silver (1:21.75) on her Paralympic debut.

“Crossing the line with a smile on my face was our number one goal. We genuinely didn’t believe we were at the level that would get us a medal, especially with the standard at the moment.

“I feel like I’m on cloud nine and I just genuinely can’t believe that this is happening to us.”