Great Britain at the 2002 Winter Paralympics

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland competed at the 2002 Winter Paralympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, from 7 to 16 March 2002. The team was known by it shortened name of Great Britain, for identification purposes. The team was able to be made up of athletes from the whole United Kingdom; athletes from Northern Ireland, who elected to hold Irish citizenship under the pre-1999 article 2 of the Irish constitution, were eligible to represent either Great Britain or Ireland at the Paralympics.[2] However no Northern Irish athletes took part in the Winter Paralympics until 2010 in Vancouver.[3] In order to be eligible to take part in the Games athletes had to have a disability that fell into one of the six Paralympics disability categories.

Great Britain at the
2002 Winter Paralympics
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
IPC codeGBR
NPCBritish Paralympic Association
Websitewww.paralympics.org.uk
in Salt Lake City
Competitors2[1] in 1 sport
Medals
Ranked =23rd
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Paralympics appearances (overview)

Two British athletes competed, both in alpine skiing events, and no medals were won. The size of the team was a decrease from that which had entered previous Games, in the 1998 Winter Paralympics 20 British athletes had participated.[4] One reason for this is that whilst funding for the two athletes was provided by the British Paralympic Association, it totalled only £1,500 compared to the £4 million worth of funding available to British athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics.[5]

Alpine skiingEdit

Both of Britain's athletes at the Games competed in alpine skiing events, funding for the two athletes was provided by the British Paralympic Association.[5] Russell Docker, who was paralysed from the waist down following a skiing accident in 1995, appeared at the Paralympics for the first time and competed in the LW12 classification. He crashed out in the downhill event and failed to complete his other three races.[1][6][7][8] Stephen Napier, who was disabled after being knocked off a motorbike by an unmarked police car in 1995, also competed in four events in the LW10 classification.[9] His highest finish was sixth in the Super-G and he also had three seventh-place finishes. In each of his events Napier was the lowest ranked athlete to complete the course.[1]

Calculated time

To ensure a fair event when athletes with differing disabilities compete, times achieved are sometimes modified by a factor percentage, to produce a result known as "Calculated Time". It is this time that decides the result of the races.[10] Actual times recorded is also listed.

Athlete Event Time Factor (%) Calculated time Rank
Russell Docker Downhill LW12 Did not finish
Giant slalom LW12 Did not finish
Slalom LW12 Did not finish
Super-G LW12 Did not finish
Stephen Napier Downhill LW10 2:13.93 81.27254 1:48.85 7
Giant slalom LW10 3:43.04 79.52176 2:57.37 7
Slalom LW10 3:34.38 66.95783 2:23.55 7
Super-G LW10 1:54.33 79.98729 1:31.45 6

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Full text of the constitution" (PDF). Department of the Taoiseach. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 April 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "NI skier Kelly Gallagher named in GB Paralympic team". BBC Sport. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b "GB duo carry Paralympic hopes". BBC Sport. 7 March 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Duo ready for Salt Lake challenge". BBC Sport. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  7. ^ Eurosport (15 March 2010). "Winter Olympics - Docker praying third time is the charm". Yahoo Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Dorset Paralympian Russell Docker 'never been more ready to compete'". Bournemouth Echo. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  9. ^ Ron Burgess (11 March 2002). "Napier delighted with results in Salt Lake". UK Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  10. ^ "About the sport". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2010.

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