It’s been less than a week since Help for Heroes athlete Scott Meenagh made his Paralympic debut at PyeongChang 2018 but the Para Nordic skier – the first to represent Great Britain in the sport in 20 years - completed his fourth race in five days at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre.
With soft snow and temperatures rising in PyeongChang he was faced with another testing race as he lined up for the men’s cross-country skiing 1.1km sprint. It proved to be yet more evidence that Scott is right at home at this level as he clocked 3:17.72 to finish 16th in the qualification runs – four places away from a semi-final spot.
A 13th-place finish in Tuesday’s 12.5km biathlon marked the half-way point of his gruelling competition schedule.
He told ParalympicsGB: “I’ve only been doing this for a couple of years but we’re only just scratching the surface, we’ve got a big plan for the future and we’re not going anywhere – the aim is Beijing.”
“You get nothing for free out there. This sport is nails and we need to put the hard yards in to be successful in the future.
“I’ve raced a lot this week so I’m pretty fatigued but happy with the way I executed the race. It’s tough, but this is a tough sport and you’ve got to be pretty tough to do it, so you’ve got to settle in and work hard and keep working to get across that line.
“We need to be on a very tight trajectory in terms of the way we learn as athletes. I am amazed by how much of a lift there is between the World Cup circuit and the Paralympics. You are fighting for every single place out there but I’ve come here committed and I’m ready and enjoying every single moment of it.”
With two races left to go, Scott is aiming for a top-10 finish but whatever the result, Scott is proudly serving his country again and giving it all at his first ever Paralympic Games.
Tomorrow (Friday), will see Owen Pick, another Help for Heroes athlete and the ParalympicsGB Flagbearer, compete in his second event, Banked Slalom.
Owen, who served in the Royal Anglian Regiment and was injured by an IED at just 18, narrowly missed out on a quarter final place in the snowboard cross event earlier this week
"I just have to put this one behind me now. I can’t change anything now even if I wish I could. There's nothing I can do so I just have to put it behind me.
"I didn't snowboard as well as I know I can snowboard in that last run and that’s what upsets me most. It's not the position or the result. It's the fact that I know I can do better and I didn't."
Good luck to both Scott and Owen in their remaining events.