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Paralympian Sean Rose wins slalom bronze in Austria

Sean Rose
Rose is preparing for the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver

Paralympian Sean Rose continued his good start to the ski season with bronze in the slalom at the European Cup races in Kuhtai, Austria.

Rose, who won a silver and two bronzes in the opening races in Pitztal last weekend was again in superb form on his new sit ski.

The Middlesbrough skier finished fourth in Friday's first slalom race and also in Saturday's giant slalom.

But he secured his fourth medal of the season in the second slalom race.

The 38-year-old, who broke his back in a skiing accident in 2000, clocked a time of one minute 59.88 seconds to finish behind German duo Martin Braxenthaler and Thomas Nolt.

"I had no idea how the new equipment would perform against the rest. It was a very strong, world-class field, so I'm really pleased to be up with these competitors so early in the season," he said.

"I was a bit disappointed to finish seventh in my first slalom run, so I went flat out to the finish on the second.

"It turned out to be some of the best slalom skiing I have ever done. I watched the clock while some of the world's best completed their runs. Two crashed out and another two were not quick enough, leaving me sitting with the Germans in the top three."

There was also a silver medal in the slalom event for Anna Turney at the NorAm races at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

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