Australia’s Melissa Perrine (R) guided by Christian Geiger took the bronze medal in women’s para-super-combined in Pyeongchang. (AP / OIS / IOC: Joel Marklund)
Alpine skier Melissa Perrine has won bronze at the Winter Paralympics in the vision-impaired super-combined, Australia’s second medal of the Pyeongchang Games.
The 30-year-old sat 5.66 seconds (factored) behind in sixth after the super-G stage of the race, but produced a clinical slalom run to shave off the required time to reach the podium.
AUS Paralympic Team tweet: She’s Australia’s Queen of the Super Combined, @MelPSki and her sighted guide Christian Geiger have added BRONZE to Australia’s medal tally! This is Mel’s first Paralympic medal from 3 Games #WeBelieve
She finished 3.1 seconds behind gold medal winner Henrieta Farkasova from Slovakia, with silver going to Menna FitzPatrick from Great Britain.
Perrine produced the fastest slalom time (55.32 secs) in the eight-woman field, with three DNFs from the super-G.
She sat in gold medal position for most of the second stage before Farkasova and FitzPatrick overtook her with the last and second-last runs respectively.
Perrine, who has congenital vision-impairments and manages epilepsy, registered fifth placings in the downhill and super-G on the first two days of competition, the latter achieved while battling illness.
She broke through for her first medal at her third Games, following promising results at Vancouver 2010 with a series of DNFs and disqualifications in Sochi four years ago.
She was guided down the Jeongseon Alpine Centre course by sighted guide and coach Christian Geiger, who led alpine skier Jess Gallagher to bronze in the giant slalom in Sochi four years ago.
Perrine’s result comes a day after Simon Patmore won gold in the snowboard cross to already ensure the Australian team eclipsed their performance in Sochi, where they claimed two bronze medals.
Meanwhile, standing skier Mitch Gourley finished fifth in the men’s super-combined.
Gourley was ranked third after his first round super-G run, but managed only the eighth-fastest time in the slalom to drop out of the bronze medal position.