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Rose crashes as GB end Paralympics on disappoining note

Sean Rose
Rose has suffered mixed fortunes on the Whistler slopes

British sit-skier Sean Rose's Winter Paralympics ended badly after he crashed out of the super combined on the final day of skiing in Whistler.

Rose, who had crashed in Friday's Super-G event, fell in the first Super-G run in the super combined and was ruled out of the second slalom run.

"I gave it my best but the course was pretty rough," the 38-year-old said.

"I decided to go for it but came into a turn, thought it was easy but it was ice and I just slipped away."

Rose, who failed to finish Friday's race after his ski popped out of its binding, insisted that he would rather have gone out the way he did on Saturday rather than nurse his mono-ski down to the finish and settle for a mid-division placing.

Earlier in the week he had finished seventh in his favoured downhill event and eighth in the slalom.

"My plan was to go out and prove a point and unfortunately I didn't. I'm not here to finish sixth to 10th, which I know that if I just coaxed her down, that's where I'd be," he added.

"I came here to win a medal against some really good guys and if they put a good run down, I'd got to, so my plan was always to go hard."

Sean Rose's Paralympic skiing guide

"Even skiing down the rest of the course after my elimination it would have been real rock and roll and I think with my attitude today it would have bit me further down because I was going for it.

"Pretty much from the first gate I started to skid sideways and I thought 'she's slick, I've got to get on this one'.

"I bounced around on a few spots and hit lots of cross ruts from previous days; they'd watered certain sections and she was pretty bulletproof."

Rose's performance brings the curtain down on what has largely been a disappointing Games for Great Britain with the curlers, silver medallists in Turin four years ago, failing to reach the semi-final.

Apart from Rose, Kelly Gallagher finished fourth in the visually-impaired slalom and sixth in the giant slalom while Anna Turney was sixth in the seated slalom but team manager Dave Chugg was keen to focus on the positive side.

"Obviously, we were hoping to come here and go away with a medal but actually when we look back, we have had some great results," he told BBC Sport.

"We had five top-10 finishes, including one top-five, and most of the people who performed here will be the ones that will be aiming to go to Sochi in four years time

"Sean Rose has been desperately unlucky here. He suffered horrible conditions, was yellow-flagged in one of his races and had to start again and also had equipment issues but he still pulled two top-10s out of the bag.

"Anna Turney is becoming another one to watch and she performed fantastically."

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GB curlers win as skiers impress
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