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Paralympian Sean Rose misses out on World Cup medal

Sean Rose
Rose has been in superb form so far this season

Paralympian Sean Rose narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the opening slalom race of the World Cup campaign in Austria.

Rose was in second place after the first run but an error in his second run saw him slip down to fifth.

"The course was rough and at the fourth gate I slid sideways and pushed to get going again," said the 38-year-old.

"Having lost so much time, I threw caution to the win and produced some of my best ever skiing to recover."

Despite missing out on a medal, the result was a boost for the Middlesbrough man who broke his back in a skiing accident in 2000 and who won a silver and three bronzes in the European Cup races last month.

He added: "I felt confident and at World Cup level you need to live on the edge to be in with a chance.

"The course was difficult so I had to work hard to remain upright and react to changes in the terrain while going at full pelt."

Rose now heads for Abteneau in Austria for more World Cup races later this week as he continues his preparations for the Vancouver Paralympics in March.

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see also
Rose impresses with slalom bronze
21 Dec 09 |  Vancouver 2010
Skiers aim for Vancouver
13 Apr 09 |  Alpine skiing

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