Doncaster’s Mick Brennan insists a top-ten finish in the men’s Super-G on his Winter Paralympic debut was a fitting reward for the incredible struggle he has endured over the past year.
The 34-year-old former serviceman was a major doubt for the Sochi 2014 Games after breaking his sternum and then his wrist in the build up – injuries ruling him out for nine months of this past season.
But somehow Brennan, short of race practice, safely navigated the deteriorating Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre course to finish tenth in a time of 1:30.48 minutes.
Only 12 seated skiers completed the super-G course but, despite seeing others falter, Brennan insists a strict game plan and strong character helped him finish.
“If you had offered me a top ten before the race started I would have jumped at the chance so I am really happy,” said Brennan, originally of Bircotes.
“The course deteriorated a lot because the heat hasn’t helped things but I had a plan put together.
“I could have let it go in a few places but I have had nine months out so I just wanted a solid performance, building up with three more events to go.
“It means a lot to the team because I have had a rough year, I have had so many ups and downs and in speed I am either all or nothing and nobody knew what Mick Brennan was going to come down.
“But the Mick Brennan that came down was confident and passive. I wish I had gone a bit harder but I am not disappointed with how I have done.”
Brennan is back in action on Tuesday.
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