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    Alpine Skiing | Athlete Profile: Millie KNIGHT - Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

    Athlete Profile - Millie KNIGHT

    Millie KNIGHT
    Birth Date:  15 Jan 1999
    Age:  19
    Gender:   Female


    Millie KNIGHT - Schedule

    Start Time Event Status
    Wed, 7 Mar 9:30
    Women's Downhill, Visually Impaired 1st Training Run
    Sat, 10 Mar 9:30
    Women's Downhill, Visually Impaired
    Sun, 11 Mar 9:30
    Women's Super-G, Visually Impaired
    Tue, 13 Mar 9:30
    Women's Super Combined, Visually Impaired Super-G
    Tue, 13 Mar 15:00
    Women's Super Combined, Visually Impaired Slalom
    Wed, 14 Mar 9:30
    Women's Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired Run 1
    Wed, 14 Mar 14:15
    Women's Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired Run 2
    Sun, 18 Mar 9:30
    Women's Slalom, Visually Impaired Run 1
    Sun, 18 Mar 12:30
    Women's Slalom, Visually Impaired Run 2

    Biographical Information

    Paralympic Games
    5Slalom, Visually Impaired2014Sochi, RUS2:18.77
    5Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired2014Sochi, RUS3:07.34
    World Championships
    1Downhill, Visually Impaired2017Tarvisio, ITA1:13.42
    2Slalom, Visually Impaired2017Tarvisio, ITA1:35.13
    2Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired2017Tarvisio, ITA2:27.60
    2Super Combined, Visually Impaired2017Tarvisio, ITA2:03.62
    2Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired2015Panorama, BC, CAN2:24.39
    3Slalom, Visually Impaired2015Panorama, BC, CAN2:13.81
    DNSSuper-G, Visually Impaired2017Tarvisio, ITADNS
    Hobbies Photography. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Occupation Athlete, Student
    Languages spoken English, French
    Coach Amanda Pirie, GBR (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Other sports She has competed at regional level in rowing. (Athlete, 20 Jun 2016)
    Debut 2012/13 for Great Britain, in Landgraaf, Netherlands (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Injuries In February 2018 she sustained concussion after crashing at the World Cup event in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (theguardian.com, 11 Mar 2018)

    She crashed into a barrier after winning gold in downhill at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. "It hurt a lot, my whole body was bruised, I'd hurt my ankle and banged my head. I had concussion." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; kentonline.co.uk, 02 Feb 2017; bbc.com, 25 Jan 2017)

    In August 2016 she suffered from an illness that required hospital treatment. She returned to competition in December that year. (kentonline.co.uk, 02 Feb 2017)
    Start She first tried the sport at age six, just after she lost her sight, while on holiday in Meribel, France. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 20 Jun 2016)
    Reason "I wasn't any good at regular sports so when I went skiing for the first time, I loved it. It's totally different to anything else I do in my life, that's why I get such a buzz from it." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Ambition To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and to become a sports psychologist. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; familyskinews.com, 05 Feb 2015)
    Memorable Achievement Becoming Great Britain's youngest winter Paralympian at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and winning gold at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Hero Irish band 'The Script'. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Influence Her mother. (Athlete, 20 Jun 2016)
    Rituals She likes to have an uneven number on her race bib. (Athlete, 20 Jun 2016)
    Philosophy "You can either have good excuses or good results but not both." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Awards In July 2017 she became an honorary doctor at the University of Kent in England. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

    She was named the 2014 Woman of the Year in Canterbury, England. (canterburytimes.co.uk, 02 Jan 2015)

    She was flag bearer for Great Britain at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (bbc.co.uk, 06 Mar 2014)
    Additional information

    B2 (IPC, 18 Feb 2018)

    Type of Impairment
    Vision impairment (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

    Origin of Impairment
    Acquired (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

    Impairment Details
    She contracted the roundworm parasite toxocariasis at around age one. It lay dormant for several years but began to affect her sight at age six. Within three weeks, she had lost most of her vision. (dailymail.co.uk, 05 Dec 2012)

    Brett Wild, GBR, from 2016 (Instagram profile, 14 Sep 2017; Athlete, 20 Jun 2016)

    At age 15 she became the youngest British athlete to have competed at the Paralympic Winter Games when she participated at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (Twitter profile, 10 Sep 2017; theresident.co.uk, 18 Mar 2015)

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