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Skeels-Piggins qualifies for Paralympic super-G event

Talan Skeels-Piggins
Talan Skeels-Piggins in downhill action

British skier Talan Skeels-Piggins has secured his place in the super-G event at the Winter Paralympics after achieving the required qualifying time.

The 39-year-old finished third in two IPC NorAm Super-G races in Kimberley, British Columbia to ensure his place in the event in Vancouver.

The medals came the day after Skeels-Piggins suffered a 65mph crash in the downhill race.

"I knew I had the ability to ski fast, but the crash shook me up," he said.

"However, having worked with our sports psychologist preparing for such events, I had coping strategies to put into action.

"They worked, I worked and I now have two bronze medals, and more importantly, the points required to race in the event at the Paralympics."

Skeels-Piggins, who was left paralysed after a motorbike crash in 2003, is one of seven skiers who will represent Great Britain at the Games which start on 12 March.

At the 2009 World Championships in Korea, he finished 31st in the Super-G but the skier, who now lives in Bath, subsequently improved on that position with a 26th-placed finish at the 2009 World Cup in Whistler.

The GB Paralympic alpine team will spend the next couple of weeks in Winter Park, Colorado, before arriving in Whistler on 6 March.

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