I last wrote a blog before the slalom, which was held on the last day of the 2018 Winter Paralympics. Brett and I had nothing to loose going into this event. We had got 2 silvers in the downhill and Super G, a much better result than we could possibly have hoped for after a very difficult season, but the demons had returned, mid way through for the GS and Super combined, earlier in the week. However, we still gave it a good shot and managed a bronze in the Slalom. We were thrilled with our results and happy to put all our experience from these Games into the next four years for Beijing 2022.
The Closing Ceremony was on the same day as the Slalom and I had to pack all eight bags and 16 pairs of skis a be ready for a 3am transfer to the airport – it was an exhausting day.
The early start to the airport was not too bad as I knew I could sleep on the plane, but the plane became the party bus.
British Airways did us proud. They selected their stewards especially for this flight, they were all amazing.
There was a lot going on, with the Channel 4 commentator, Rob Walker and Allo our ski tech dressed up as air stewards – they seemed very experienced in the application of makeup and wearing high heels.
They served us drinks and everyone was in a very buoyant mood. Especially as the Team had made their medal target for future funding of the next 4 year cycle.
We hit the ground running when we landed, interview after interview. I spent one night at home before we travelled to Glasgow to attend The Royal Navy Submariners Gambit Dinner. This was such an honour to be invited to and it was wonderful to be able to thank the Royal Navy for releasing Brett for the last two years. The following night we attended the NRS Scottish Sporting Awards in Edinburgh. This was a fun evening and we won the Sporting Teamwork award Thank you to Gordon and Brenda Richie for looking after us all evening. The next day we had a lovely welcome home party at the Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre. The Scottish hospitality is second to none, everyone had made such an effort. we had a fantastic balloon sculpture in the shape of Brett and me, banners and homemade biscuit in the shape of both of us, bunches of balloons (two silver and one bronze) all over the centre but most importantly, all of Brett’s friends and family – What a night! Now I am home and back in the gym everyday. I’ve caught up with some friends and family already and finally feel a little rested. Next week we have more filming and interviews and Brett and I have photoshoot with Jason Dodd. But for now, some down time. Millie x
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