The Aussies were back in action on Day Six, with four of them taking to the slopes in the men’s Para-Alpine Skiing events. The Inner Sanctum is here to take you through the action.
After competing earlier in the games, Mitch Gourley, Sam Tait and Patrick Jensen were back to take on the Giant Slalom. Josh Hanlon also tackled the Giant Slalom in his first Paralympic Games.
The four Australians competed today in a variety of events that make up the Para-Alpine skiing. All events involved two runs down the mountain, with combined times determining final placings.
Men’s Giant Slalom (Sitting)
Josh Hanlon lost both legs below the knee at age 20, but this did not stop him from developing a passion for the ski slopes.
His first run was clean, posting a credible time of 1:06.60 to place him in 14th position.
Hanlon put in an amazing second run, recording a great time of 1:03.21, placing him in a well-deserved 11th overall.
Compatriot Sam Tait became a paraplegic following a motorcycle accident at age 22.
Following an 11th place finish in PyeongCheang four years ago, he started with a clean first run, with his time of 1:10.28 placing him in 24th position.
His second run was also great, with a much improved time of 1:06.12 placing him 22nd overall out of the 40 man field.
Men’s Giant Slalom (Standing)
Mitchell Gourley, in his fourth Olympic Games, was hoping to improve on his sixth-place finish four years ago in PyeongChang. Gourley started strongly, posting a time of 59.72 on his first run, a time which put him in seventh place and well-positioned to challenge for a medal.
Gourley improved on his first time, posting a 59.54 on run two to finish overall in 10th place and only 3.87 seconds behind the gold medal winner from Finland.
Men’s Giant Slalom (Vision Impaired)
Patrick Jensen, competing in a relatively new partnership with sight guide Amelia Hodgson, was looking to improve on his 11th place finish in PyeongChang. His first run was an impressive 1:09.88, placing him in ninth position.
Unfortunately, Jenson and Hodgson were not able to complete their second run, recording a DNF, which put them out of medal contention.
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