Over the last few weeks, we could not be prouder to have watched Australia’s Paralympic Winter athletes doing their thing in XTM.

The PyeongChang campaign has been our best since 2002. The team nailed their medal targets - taking one gold and three bronze medals home with them from Pyeongchang. They finished up in 15th place on the medal tally, immediately below Norway and two spots behind Great Britain - up four spots from our 19th at Sochi where the team took out two bronze medals.

Going into the Games, the Aussies thought they may have a crack at somewhere two and four medals.
Simon Patmore breaks AUstralia's 16 year gold medal drought
In what the Australian chef de mission Nick Dean called 'a landmark moment', Snowboarder Simon Patmore broke our 16-year gold drought. Patmore took home our first Winter Paralympics Gold since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games in the snowboard cross.

And he didn't stop at the gold, also taking home a bronze medal in the snowboard banked slalom, a new event added to the Games schedule for PyeongChang.

Patmore switched from summer to winter Paralympic sports three years ago after winning a bronze in athletics at the London Games in 2012. The 30-year-old Queenslander has now made Aussie sports history, now the second Australian behind Jess Gallagher to win a medal at both summer and winter Paralympics.

Dual bronze medallist, Alpine skiing start Melissa Perrine carried the Australian flag into the closing ceremony. She shared the priveleged duty with sighted guide Christian Geiger. Perrine podiumed in super-combined and giant slalom, taking home two bronzes - her first Paralympic medals.

Winding back time to Australia's most successful Paralympic Games in 2002, there were more medals on offer 16 years ago with more events in alpine skiing before the classifications were reduced. The Aussie team for Salt Lake claimed 6 gold medals, all in alpine skiing.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons summed it up perfectly when he credited the Paralympians with pushing the boundaries of human endeavour and quoted Stephen Hawking's opening speech at the 2012 Paralympic Games that we should 'look at the stars and not our feet'.

An amazing event by some great Aussies - well done and we could not be prouder to see you all in XTM.


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