PyeongChang 2018: Henrieta Farkasova goes for five
Alpine skiing competition closes with women’s slalom18 Mar 2018
Henrieta Farkasova (L) and guide Natalia Subrtova are going for five golds out of five at PyeongChang 2018
Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova can become the only alpine skiers in PyeongChang to go unbeaten, when they take on the women’s slalom on Sunday (18 March) at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
The event will wrap up alpine skiing competition at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
The Slovakians have dominated the women’s vision impaired, and their four gold medals are a testament to their perfect pairing. But they insist maintaining such form through a physically demanding week is draining.
"We are always trying to set new goals to motivate us, there is always somewhere we can go next,” Farkasova said. “It's not about winning so many races but as [Olympic Alpine skiing gold medallist] Mikaela Shiffrin says, 'You are only as good as your last race.’
“This is our secret.”
Together, Farkasova and Subrtova won the slalom World Championship gold last year in Tarvisio, Italy. Four years ago in Sochi, they left with the bronze.
Great Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe took silver twice behind the Slovakians, most recently in Wednesday’s giant slalom.
“We are going to try our very hardest,” Fitzpatrick said.
Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild also have two silvers behind the Slovakians in these Paralympics. The British duo also fell second at Tarvisio 2017 and have one last go on Sunday to spoil their run.
Japan’s Momoka Muraoka has been the most consistent podium finisher in the women’s sitting category. Her time came in Wednesday’s giant slalom, when she won her country’s first gold in PyeongChang.
Anna Schaffelhuber had an unusual shock by not making the podium in the giant slalom. The German Paralympic and world champion will be tested on Sunday to see if she can bounce back and win her third gold in PyeongChang, fourth total medal.
Her teammate Anna-Lena Forster has the technical skills to medal in slalom, as she stole the super combined gold and was slalom runner-up in Sochi and Tarvisio.
Austria’s Claudia Loesch, bronze medallist from Tarvisio, is hungry for her first gold in these Paralympics.
"My performance was OK. The medal is nice but somehow it's not coming together as I wanted it to. I have very mixed feelings,” said Loesch after her giant slalom bronze. She also has a silver in super-G.
Slalom was the only event in the 2017 Worlds where France’s Marie Bochet did not win a gold. It was also the very event she did not finish in Sochi, limiting her golden count to four instead of five.
Already a three-time gold medallist in PyeongChang, Bochet would hope to make up for her slalom downers on Sunday.
But Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss has been chasing Bochet all week, and taken silver in all four of her events.
"Four starts, four silvers: that's really awesome. I didn't expect that at the Opening Ceremony,” Rothfuss said after her giant slalom race.
"I was struggling with the speed races before I came here, so the two silvers in super-G and downhill were a big surprise.”
"I will try again next time. I need to ski fast or have a perfect run."