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Family Ski News | July 22, 2018

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The first Brit in para-Nordic skiing for twenty years

The first Brit in para-Nordic skiing for twenty years
Teresa Fisher

Former soldier Scott Meenagh became the first Briton to compete in the Olympic Nordic skiing events in 20 years, following in the tracks of Terry Ahrens who took part in the Nagano 1998 Games.

 

Double amputee, Scott Meenagh is the first British para-athlete to take part in Nordic skiing for 20 years

 

The former member of the elite 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, Scott Meenagh lost both legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.  He became part of the GB para-rowing squad and became interested in para-Nordic skiing while following the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.  (The Invictus Games rowing champion of 2016, he intends to pursue his rowing again after PyeongChang, aiming for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020).

Today, however, in PyeongChang, the double amputee finished 18th in the 7.5km seated biathlon.

“It feels amazing, absolutely incredible,” Meenagh explained. “Racing out there was such a buzz today, there was a different energy. It’s so different at a Paralympics and to be there with some of the best people in the world was an absolute privilege and it brought another level out of me today.”