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Russell Docker still 'positive' at Paralympic Games
Russell Docker practices during a training run for the Men"s Downhill Sitting at Whistler Creekside on March 10, 2010  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Russell Docker says he is 'positive' despite two disappointing results so far

Skier Russell Docker, currently competing in the Winter Paralymic Games, says he is "positive" despite two disappointing results so far.

Docker, from Blandford, has competed in his first two events and both have been rated as DNF - 'did not finish'.

He said: "When you have that, you have to figure out what the positives are. But one thing I've learned here is that every race is up for grabs."

Snow and fog have also caused problems, meaning schedule changes.


But Russell is optimistic: "In all fairness they told us the weather would be terrible all week and so far it has been."

Russell is competing as part of Team GB in several categories including the slalom, giant slalom, combined and super combined.

His two DNFs came in the slalom and giant slalom.

He said: "I stumbled out of the start gate on the slalom, and a piece of my equipment was sticking which made me fall on the second gate.

"It wasn't what I was intending to do.

"And then on the giant slalom, I was having a good run in the beginning but I got caught up in the soft snow and I hit a gate so that was another DNF."


Next up for Russell in the games is the super downhill and combined categories.

He said: "Downhill is the best possibility [for a good performance]. We've done the training everyday, and the mental preparation and the visualisation.

"And now I've been through the start gate twice, that's gone well, and I have to be positive."

But Russell, who has been skiing since he was 18, thinks this might be his last Paralympic Games.

He said: This is what I've been working towards, and this is the peak of my career I think. But I want to finish on a high.

"I'm not going to be retiring from skiing but with the strength of the field [of competitors] here, you can't do it as a part time job.

"You have to be 100% committed and I'm not sure I've got another four years in me [until the next winter paralympic games] to compete at this level."



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