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Beijing 2022: Hope Gordon becomes first GB female Paralympian Para-nordic skier

Hope Gordon
Hope Gordon Image credit: independent.co.uk

Hope Gordon only took up skiing six months ago, but on Wednesday she became the first GB Paralympian female to compete in a Para-nordic event at the Beijing games.

Gordon, 27, finished 17th in the race, her position means she will not qualify for the semi-finals.

"It is cool to be the first girl, but the main thing for me is as long as I'm not the last," Gordon told BBC Sport.

"It would be lovely to have more females involved in the sport. Hopefully this can be a platform for the females out there."

The athlete suffered a fall in the warm-up to the event which made her nervous when competing in the race.

"They changed the course slightly from what we have been practising on, mainly on a corner, which for me is quite a big deal because I'm so new to the sport and corners are quite technical," she said.

"I took quite a big fall in my warm-up which knocked my confidence and I hurt my hand a fair bit. So I was just happy to get physically around the course."

There was another injury for GB when David Melrose was taken to hospital after falling out of a wheelchair trying to reach a delivery stick, he was replaced by Gary Smith.

GB lost the game to Canada 6-3 and was defeated by South Korea 8-6 which saw them drop to ninth in the standings.

Former Paralympic sailor and Para-ice hockey player Steve Thomas competed in his first Games finishing 25th in the men’s event.

"It felt amazing to be on the start line," he said. "It's been a pretty quick journey over the last three years. To go from novice to Paralympian in a different sport has been fantastic."

Hope Gordon is also a Para-canoeist and Para-swimmer.