Owen Pick vows to slalom back from disappointment at Winter Paralympics
Snowboarder bidding to bounce back in PyeongChang
Devastated did not even begin to describe how Owen Pick felt after his first Winter Paralympic Games event ended in disappointment.
The flagbearer for the opening ceremony, the British snowboarder has already had his fair share of memorable experiences in PyeongChang.
But the celebrations did not transfer to the slopes as Pick was knocked out of the snowboard cross’ knockout stage by Carlos Javier Codina.
Yet the result was not the most disappointing aspect for Pick, feeling his best race was left on the snow in the first of two events of his week.
“I was pretty gutted. My qualification runs showed the way I normally snowboard and I was feeling really good, my opponent qualified 12th and that’s normally an easy win for me,” said Barton Mills-based Pick, who lost his leg in combat in Afghanistan.
“But he got a quick start and got out in front but he was all over the place across the course – I was trying to make a safe pass but it’s just so difficult and I wasn’t willing to put myself on the line to try and do that.
“So I was doing that and then had a crash, overall it was a bad run.
“It’s difficult to pass, there’s not a lot of room and it’s bumpy and choppy, a tough course all throughout.
“I didn’t snowboard as well as I know I can in that last run, that’s the thing that most disappoints me.”
Pick will compete again on Thursday (March 15) in the banked slalom, a discipline in which he has won a world championship medal.
He added: “I’ve just got to put this one behind me, I wish I could change what’s gone on but I can’t so I need to relax and focus on the next couple of days and get back in the zone.”
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