Paul Henderson wins a third Britsh skiing medal
EDINBURGH skier Paul Henderson claims it was mission accomplished after winning a third medal of the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in France.
Henderson’s time of 1:16.64 minutes was enough to win bronze in the junior downhill behind Max Baggio and Oliver Davies yesterday.
The 21-year-old had already won senior Super-G bronze and junior Super-G gold this week but was ecstatic to make it a treble in an event he is not that suited to.
“I thought I skied ok – there were a few little mistakes but overall I am quite happy,” said Henderson.
“To get on the podium in my weakest discipline is a really good result, so I have to be pleased with it.
“Heading into the race I knew that unless something major happened I wasn’t going to catch Max but I wanted to give Ollie a run for his money.
“I’m just happy to get on the podium, that was the aim and I managed it, so I am pleased.
“I’m really happy with the Championship as a whole so far, we’ve done four races and I have been on the podium in three of them, so I can’t complain.”
The Championships are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world and Delancey are the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.
Henderson wasn’t the only Edinburgh native to find success in the French Alps on Wednesday as Iain Innes’ time of 1:17.47 was enough to win Under-18 downhill gold – adding to his Super-G Under-18 gold and trophy as the best placed U18 in the senior downhill and senior Super-G.
With slalom and giant slalom to come in the next few days, Innes says he is now targeting a clean sweep.
“I’m really happy – that’s four races in a row I have won now and there are four more races to come, so hopefully I can continue the streak,” said Innes.
“I’m definitely hoping for a clean sweep, that would be really cool to take everything. I like to think I could do it in giant slalom because I’m in pretty good form right now and I’ve been getting some good results recently.
“My aim is definitely to win the two GS races but in the slalom I will take what I can get! I’ll definitely hope for some podium but two wins would be amazing.”
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