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Snowboard gold the best leg in Simon Patmore's remarkable trifecta

13 March 2018 9:47 AM
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“Comm Games was awesome, fantastic, I trained for 18 months before winning the gold.

“This one was three and a half years – full dedication at the age of 27 through to 30 and had to sacrifice all the luxury things in life.

“I put my working career on hold. I have a beautiful girlfriend who understands the drive in me - that I really want to succeed in life and set an example for everyone.”

In soaring down the Jeongseon Alpine Centre snowboard cross course six times – two qualifying runs and head-to-head elimination battles in the third round, quarter-finals, semis and then the gold medal race – Patmore proved his gold medal credentials.

He even survived a mid-race scare in the final when, despite leading and controlling the race against Italian Manuel Pozzerle, he wobbled and was close to crashing out.

"Oh, s--t. Sorry but yes. I thought it was over. I honestly thought it was over. Thank God it was great snow conditions to keep me up.

"I just threw it straight out of my mind straight way, continued to race down to the bottom of the hill.

"I'm right on that borderline … basically if an incident, or mistake, like that happens you just get up and get going again and not think about it.

"That's exactly what I did. It was just lucky I didn't have a big stack.”

Patmore becomes the first Australian man – and the second Australian overall - to win a medal at both a winter and summer Paralympics.


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