Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith competing at IPC alpine skiing World Cup Finals February 2016

Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith competing at IPC alpine skiing World Cup Finals February 2016

Charlotte announced this morning that she will no longer guide, I know it has been a weighty decision for Charlotte to step away from competitive sport and I have been happy to support her in her decisions, as we have strived successfully to be a team in everything we do. With Charlotte’s help during these past four years, I’ve been able to progress from representing the country internationally at Vancouver 2010 coming 4th and 6th in GS and slalom respectively, to challenging for the top spot and ultimately winning Gold at Sochi 2014. Together, our success on snow has had a positive impact for funding for all of disabled snowsport and brought about a change in people’s perceptions of what an athlete and guide can achieve on and off snow. It is with great pride that I reflect on Charlotte and my accomplishments. To be crowned Paralympic Champions, Britain’s first ever athletes to win gold on snow, able bodied or disabled, man or woman, is just such the highlight. The milestones along the way have required dedication and perseverance from us both, winning Britain’s first world championship medals in alpine skiing, and continuing to amass a total of six world championship medals. Winning our first World Cup, overcoming injury, being nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the year 2014 and of course, being awarded an MBE. I look forward to continuing to succeed in the sport I love and wish the best for Charlotte in everything she endeavours.

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