Beijing 2022: Millie Knight wins GB’s first medal

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Millie Knight has won Great Britain’s first medal of the Beijing Winter Paralympics picking up bronze in the women’s visually-impaired downhill.

The 23-year-old skier said: "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 and her guide Brett Wild won silver in PyeongChang 2018 when they finished second in the competition held at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre.

Beijing is Knight’s third Games, despite coming third she sees her win more poignant than the one four years ago.

"This bronze is something very special. It ranks above our silver four years ago in Pyeongchang,” Knight explained.

"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.

"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."

Neil Simpson finished seventh in the men’s visually-impaired event guided by his brother Andrew. The event was won by 16-year-old Austrain Johannes Aigner.

Scott Meenagh finished ninth in the men’s sprint seated event which was won by Liu Zixu of China.

Millie Knight and Brett Wild’s next race will be in Sunday’s super-G.