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Downhill skiing duo secure Team GB's first Paralympic medal in Beijing

Millie Knight and her Scottish guide Brett Wild won bronze in the women’s visually impaired downhill event.

Millie Knight and Brett Wild secure Team GB’s first Paralympic medal in Beijing iStock

Team GB have secured their first medals of the Paralympics in Beijing, with Scotland taking a spot on the podium. 

Millie Knight and her Scottish guide Brett Wild won bronze in the women’s visually impaired downhill event overnight. 

The duo finished in a time of 1:23.20 at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre while teammates Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Gary Smith finished in fifth place with a time of 1:30.49

Knight, from Canterbury is competing at her third Paralympic Games after winning two silver medals and a bronze at Pyeongchang four years ago. 

In a statement on the Team GB Paralympics website, Knight said: ”The feelings haven’t really sunk in, there are so many thoughts and emotions going through my head. I feel like I’m on cloud nine and I just genuinely can’t believe that this is happening to us.

“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. This bronze is something very special.

“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 Brett. 

“This medal ranks above our silver four years ago in Pyeongchang – we are very different people and have gone through some tough things and it’s changed us.

“The conditions were perfect, absolutely unbelievable. The snow was amazing and the course had fantastic features – it was so much fun.”