Owen Pick 2018 Winter Paralympics
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Winter Paralympics: Disappointment For Owen Pick In Snowboard Cross

Afghanistan veteran Owen Pick says he is "pretty gutted" he failed to reach the quarter-finals of the snowboard cross event at the Winter...

Owen Pick 2018 Winter Paralympics

Afghanistan veteran Owen Pick says he is "pretty gutted" he failed to reach the quarter-finals of the snowboard cross event at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

The 26-year-old, who lost a limb after being injured by an IED at the age of 18, was beaten to the line in his 1/8 final by Argentina's Carlos Javier Codina Thomatis.

The Royal Anglian Regiment veteran, who was chosen to carry the GB flag, said:

"I was pretty gutted after that. I was feeling really good after my qualification runs and that race is one I think I would normally win."

"But he got ahead at the start and I was kind of all over the place heading down the course and I was trying to make a safe pass but it was difficult.

"I couldn't get past and it was bad run overall. It's difficult to pass. There's not a lot of room out there.

"There was a problem with the start gate but that didn't affect me or the result. We are used to things like that happening.

 

"I just have to put this one behind me now. I can’t change anything now even if I wish I could. There's nothing I can do so I just have to put it behind me.

"I didn't snowboard as well as I know I can snowboard in that last run and that’s what upsets me most. It's not the position or the result. It's the fact that I know I can do better and I didn't."

He'll now turn his attention to the banked slalom event, which will take place on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Pick's GB teammate James Barnes-Millerbecame Britain's first-ever para-snowboarder to compete at the Paralympic Games when he launched out of the gates on his first qualification run.

He got through to the quarter-finals, where he lost out to Australia’s Simon Patmore.

Ben Moore, meanwhile, fell at the same stage as Pick, to Italy's Paolo Priolo.

 

ParalympicsGB is being represented in a historic five sports at the current Games.

UK athletes are taking part in Alpine skiing, snowboarding, wheelchair curling and the two disciplines of Nordic skiing: cross country and biathlon.

Britain's previous highest number of Winter Paralympic sports was four, in 1994 and 1998.

Cover image courtesy of ParalympicsGB via Flickr.

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