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Starting issues hamper Pick as he prepares for second chance

QUATER-FINAL EXIT: Owen Pick. Picture: ParalympicGB
QUATER-FINAL EXIT: Owen Pick. Picture: ParalympicGB

Owen Pick has admitted issues with the starting gate impacted on his performance in the snowboard cross at the Winter Paralympics on Monday.

Barton Mills-based Pick, who lost his leg while serving on the frontline in Afghanistan, was knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the competition in PyeongChang, South Korea, by Argentina’s Carlos Javier Codina.

LOOKING AHEAD: Owen Pick. Picture: ParalympicGB
LOOKING AHEAD: Owen Pick. Picture: ParalympicGB

However, much of the talk after the contest was dominated by a delay with the electronic starting gate, which at one point threatened to postpone the event.

After a long delay it was decided competitors would go off manually using rubber bands — something Pick, on reflection, feels got the better of him.

“I said in other interviews no (it did not have an impact), but now I think about it maybe it did,” he said.

“It is a bit annoying — all of a sudden we have got this new starting system.

“There was talk they were going to cancel it and do it another day.

“It is a shame that it went the way it did. We wanted to put on a good show.”

It is not all over for Pick, though, as he looks ahead to one final chance to get his hands on a Paralympic medal.

He goes in the bank slalom tomorrow – an event which he believes is his strongest.

“I have had a couple of days off to chill, relax and forget about this,” he added.

“Bank slalom, generally speaking, is my better event — I really enjoy it.

“There is nobody to get in the way, it is just me and my snowboard.

“For me it is true snowboarding and that is what I am really looking forward to.”

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