Victorian Institute of Sport

Gourley oh so close

Monday, 19 March 2018

2018 Australian Paralympic Team Co-captain, Mitch Gourley, has performed consistently at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics coming away with three top-8 finishes.

Gourley’s quest for a Paralympic medal eluded him in PyeongChang, nevertheless finishing fifth in the Super Combine, sixth in the Slalom, and eighth in the Giant Slalom.

“I don't think that anything that I did up there today was any different to what I do any other day of the year or any day in the cycle,” Gourley said.

“I'm really proud with how I've skied today but unfortunately I was beaten by better skiers on the day.

"The first Games in Vancouver were exciting; the second Games in Sochi were stressful but this one has been a lot of fun,” he added.

“As with every Games there are highs and lows but it's really good to be a part of this Team and the success we've had as a group. The overall morale in the group has been great, they're excited to be here and have lots more to give in the years to come.”

The reigning World Champion will now take a well-earned break, weighing up his future to determine whether he puts goals in place for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

“It happens, and we'll see. I'll have a think about it. First I want to go and have a nice cold beer with my very loud and obnoxious friends and think about it next week,” the 26-year-old said.

“I'll be back next year for World Champs (Switzerland, March 2019) for sure and then we'll see what it looks like after that.”


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