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Beijing 2022: GB Snowboarder Ollie Hill wins bronze

Ollie Hill
Ollie Hill Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Ollie Hill has won Britain’s first Paralympic snowboard medal in the banked slalom LL2 event at the in Beijing.

The 32-year-old (pictured above) picked up bronze in the first of two runs in his lower limb category crossing the finish line in one minute 10.45 seconds.

China’s Sun Qi won the race (1:09.73) with Finland’s Matti Suur-Hamari in second place (1:09.98)

Celebrating his victory Hill said: "It was important to put down a good first run because it took the pressure off a little bit.

"I wanted to push for the gold but I felt the second run was a bit slower and the snow was caving in a bit.

"I can't really sum it up right now other than I am absolutely stoked.

"I said earlier in the week I felt I had a bit more confidence in the banked and we have proved it today.

Hill was involved in a serious car accident in December 2018 leading to his right leg being amputated below the knee.

Before the crash Hill had a passion for motocross riding, determined to carry on his love for sport, and months of practice, he joined the GB Snowsport programme in summer 2020.

Elsewhere at the games Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight missed out on medals at the giant slalom event.

Fitzpatrick finished seventh in the visually impaired category with Knight coming fifth.

Nordic skier Scott Meenagh narrowly missed out on a medal in the long race finishing in forth position.

ParalympicsGB issued a statement after Nordic skier Steve Arnold was given permission to travel to Beijing after he tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival.

Arnold delayed his travel until Monday after his test came back positive.

The 42-year-old had a negative test before he travelled, but tested positive again when he touched down in China.

"ParalympicsGB's top priority is the health and welfare of its athletes," said a statement.

"The decision for Steve to travel to the Games was made following extensive discussions between the athlete, GB Snowsport and ParalympicsGB in conjunction with medical experts based in the UK and in Beijing.

"The decision to travel considered all implications while supporting Steve's strong desire to participate at the Games.

"ParalympicsGB continues to support Steve and his ambitions to compete in his remaining events."

Snowboarding became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998.