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Aussie Simon Patmore creates history after medalling at both summer and winter Paralympics

Nick Walshaw in PyeongChang, March 13, 2018 7:51PM The Daily Telegraph

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Paralympic Snowboarder Simon Patmore from Nundah has won a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics and a bronze medal at the summer games.  Picture: Josh Woning. media_cameraParalympic Snowboarder Simon Patmore from Nundah has won a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics and a bronze medal at the summer games. Picture: Josh Woning.

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Australian snowboarder Simon Patmore has become the first Australian male to medal at both a Summer and Winter Paralympic Games*.

His record is even more impressive when you realise Patmore only took up snowboarding competitively* just over three years ago

Six years after winning bronze at the London Paralympics, as a 200m sprinter, Patmore claimed gold in the men’s snowboard cross, defeating Italian Manuel Pozzerle in the final.

It was Australia’s first Winter Paralympic gold medal in 16 years.

Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL event gold medalist Simon Patmore of Australia, center celebrates as bronze medalist Mike Minor of United States cheer for him during a ceremony at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) media_cameraSnowboarder Simon Patmore of Australia (middle) celebrates his gold medal at the Winter Paralympics. Picture: AP

The history-making run had a moment of drama when Patmore, leading the Italian, suffered a slight wobble as he headed down the mountain.

Patmore wondered if it was going to ruin his medal chances.

“Yes. I thought it was over,” Patmore said. “I honestly thought it was over. Thank God it was great snow conditions to keep me up … I just threw it out of my mind and continued to race down.”

And as for his emotions?

“I was just holding back the tears,” the 30-year-old admitted.

“My goggles fogged up as soon as I crossed the line. I had to collapse on the ground or I would have run straight into everyone.”

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 3 media_cameraSimon Patmore on his way to winning gold. Picture: Getty Images

Born with Erb’s palsy — a disease which paralysed the nerves in his left arm — Patmore had seen snow only once when the Australian Paralympic identification team approached him in 2014.

However, the Queenslander is now only the sixth athlete to compete in both Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and joins Jess Gallagher as the only other dual* medallist.

He is also our first Winter Paralympian to win gold since Salt Lake City, 2002.

Asked if he was aware of just how long the drought* had been, Patmore continued: “I don’t know how long but, man, when you guys say first gold for a while and first male athlete for Summer and Winter, I’m really proud.

“I really want to show everyone that it can be done.”

Australia's Simon Patmore falls at the finish line during the Men's 200 metres T46 athletics Final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London, on September 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS media_cameraAustralia’s Simon Patmore wins the bronze medal despite falling at the finish line during the Men’s 200m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Picture: AFP

Patmore is just as impressive on land as he is on snow.

Able to run 100m in 11.14 seconds, the Aussie also won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, before taking the bronze medal at the London Paralympics in 2012.

GLOSSARY

Paralympic Games: a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities

competitively: in a way that strives to gain or win something by defeating others

dual: having two parts

drought: a period without success

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