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Rose misses out on Winter Paralympic downhill medal

British sit-skier Sean Rose

Winter Paralympic highlights - men's downhill

British sit-skier Sean Rose suffered disappointment in the men's downhill at the Winter Paralympics after he could only finish seventh in Whistler.

The 38-year-old, who broke his back in a skiing accident in 2000, won a World Cup downhill race in Italy in January.

He clocked a time of one minute 20.41 - 1.22 seconds off a bronze medal with team-mate Russell Docker disqualified.

Meanwhile, the wheelchair curlers finished sixth after losing 6-3 to Italy but beating Japan 10-4.

"I'm quite deflated. I gave the course too much respect," Rose told BBC Sport after his run, which was originally due to take place last Saturday.

Poor visibility, which also affected the training sessions, resulted in the entire schedule being changed.

Paralympic skier Sean Rose's video profile

Rose added: "Not getting a full training run before this race didn't help either and I was skiing some parts of the course without having seen them before.

"The course was also in much better shape than I had expected."

Gold went to Christoph Kunz of Austria (1:18.19) with Japan taking silver and bronze through Taiki Morii and Akira Kano.

Rose and Docker will be back on the slopes again on Friday in the Super-G, along with debutant Talan Skeels-Piggins.

In Vancouver, the curlers went into their final two matches in the round-robin tournament needing to win their final two games to have any chances of a semi-final place

They finished the tournament with three wins from their nine games - the United States and Sweden games went to the last stone and boss Tom Pendreigh said: "You need a bit of luck and we were unlucky in both games."

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He added: "There were two games which, had we won just one of them, we would have been there.

"We lost both by the narrowest of margins, just a few millimetres either way on the final stone would have made the difference.

"We've seen a marked improvement in all of the teams that we were competing against [since Turin]. The standard internationally has risen and it is important that GB keep on trying to match and beat those standards."

Britain changed their team for the Japan match, bringing in alternate Jim Sellar while Aileen Neilson became the first woman to skip the team when she replaced Michael McCreadie, who did not play.

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