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Chatham skier Charlotte Evans guides Kelly Gallagher to Britain's first ever Winter Paralympics gold at Sochi Games

10 March 2014
by KentOnline reporter

Kent's Charlotte Evans is overjoyed today after guiding skier Kelly Gallagher to a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics.

The 22-year-old Chatham skier and her partner claimed first place in the visually impaired super-G downhill - the first ever paralympics gold won by Great Britain.

The pair bounced back from a disappointing start in the event at Sochi with a time of 28.72 seconds to claim top spot on the podium.

Charlotte Evans (right), who is guide to Kelly Gallagher

Charlotte Evans (right), who is guide to Kelly Gallagher

Kelly said: "I have to thank Charlotte for getting me to the line.

"We just threw ourselves at it. I prayed for the strength to ski and have fun."

Charlotte, who used to train at Chatham Ski Centre, said: "I was yelling a lot and she wasn't doing what I told her, but finally it paid off.

"It didn't feel as good as we wanted to on the course, but who cares, we won a gold medal and it feels amazing."

Medway's Charlotte Evans in action on the slopes

Medway's Charlotte Evans in action on the slopes

Kelly started skiing aged 17 and began working with Charlotte in late 2010.

Since then, the pair have won silver and bronze medals in the 2011 and 2013 World Championships as well as World Cup honours.

Meanwhile, Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell took bronze in the same event.

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