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Britain disappoints in Paralympics
Thursday March 18, 2010 - Email this article to a friend

Sean Rose was touted as a gold medal prospect in the Downhill but came 7th. With another British athlete coming 16th it wasn't a great performance. However overall the team is doing well with 5 top ten places.

In the Downhill that is. Rose went into the race as one of the favourites, but it was not to be.

He never really attacked and mastered the course and the Swiss racer, Christophe Kunz, took gold with Japan taking silver and bronze.

It was held on the same course as the women's downhill from the able bodied Olympics last month.

The other British competitor, Russell Docker came 16th, after a disappointing run, though he certainly gave it his all.

The poor result will have funding consequences too for the disabled team as medals bring in extra money. However the team has done well overall compared to the other nations.

There are only 7 British athletes competing compared to the USA, Canada and Japan that each have over 40 .

Of those 7 three have been in the top ten which has given people a chance to see the potential of the British paralympic skiers.

PlanetSKI watched the race with a team from Disability Snowsport UK out in the Italian Alps.

We saw it some of it on the internet, where it was streamed live, and some on TV in amoungst the tennis and the football.

"It was a shame we didn't do better but nevertheless it was an exciting competition and Rose and the team will be disappointed," said the chief executive of Disability Snowsport UK, Fiona Young.

Despite the lack of British success it was an enthralling contest and seeing the one legged skiers, the blind skiers and those in sit-skis come down the course was inspiring stuff.

Further races are to come at the Paralympics and PlanetSKI will bring you the results.

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