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GB's first Winter Paralympic champion Kelly Gallagher will be in the squad for the Pyeongchang Games after initially failing to be selected. NEW

The visually impaired skier, who won gold in the Super G at Sochi four years ago, and her guide Gary Smith, were not named in the first round of selections announced at the beginning of January.

It has now been confirmed that they are in the squad for the Paralympics in March.

They have been invited to fill one of the spare slots being re-allocated as a result of other nations not selecting their full quota of athletes.

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They will join Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild and Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe in the women's visually impaired races.

It will be the third Paralympics for 32-year-old Gallagher, who's an MBE. She made her debut at Vancouver in 2010.

Gallagher became the first British athlete to win a gold medal on snow in either Olympic or Paralympic competition when she topped the podium in the women's super-G at Sochi 2014 with guide Charlotte Evans.

She has since forged a new partnership with Smith, who has taken leave from the RAF to dedicate his time to training.

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The pair have returned to racing this winter after Gallagher suffered multiple injuries in a training crash ahead of the World Championships in January 2017.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be selected for ParalympicsGB for my third Games alongside Gary," Gallagher said.

"The journey to PyeongChang has not been an easy one for me and, while I'm still hopeful that I will have the opportunity to defend my title and contest all events, Gary and I will work really hard to ensure we're in the best place we can be for the Games and make sure every day counts before our first race."

Today's announcement takes the number of athletes currently selected for ParalympicsGB to 16 after athletes were selected in Para Alpine skiing, Para snowboard and wheelchair curling at the start of the year.

Further opportunities for selection remain before the official team launch on 15th February.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from 9th to 18th March.

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