Australian ends Games on high note with bronze

PARALYMPICS: Jess Gallagher won Australia's second bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics on the final day of competition in Sochi yesterday.

Gallagher (pictured), a vision-impaired competitor who also represented Australia in the javelin at the London Paralympics in 2012, finished third in the giant slalom. She became the first Australian female skier to win a medal in the event at a Paralympics.

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Her guide was former able-bodied representative skier Christian Geiger who competed in the 2009 world championships, but suffered damage to his spleen and liver and sustained brain trauma in a car accident in September that same year, ending his career.

Australia's only other medal at the Sochi Games was a bronze won by leg amputee Toby Kane in the super combined.

Host country Russia topped the medal table with 80, consisting of 30 gold, 28 silver and 22 bronze.


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