Winter Paralympics: Sochi is a stepping stone for Mick Brennan

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Mick Brennan says he will treat Sochi 2014 as a stepping stone to South Korea 2018 - but has not ruled out a medal position.

The 34-year-old Bircotes seated skier launches his Winter Paralympics campaign in the Super-G event on Sunday.

Brennan, a former Royals Signals serviceman who lost both of his legs in a suicide bomb blast, is part of a 15-strong squad representing Great Britain in Russia.

“There is always a chance I could get a medal in Sochi,” said Brennan.

“If I have a run where everything goes right for me and some of the top guys fall and stuff like that, I could sneak up there to get a top ten place.

“I’ll be using the Sochi games as preparation for Korea 2018 – to get all the cameras and the nerves out the way.

“Hopefully I will have the four years coming up to Korea injury free and I will be a really good medal prospect.”

Brennan this week pulled out of Saturday’s downhill event after describing conditions as “scary”.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) insist the course is safe.

“I was skiing at about 50-60% and was still feeling a little bit scared,” said Brennan.

“It was very tricky, so I took a decision and just pulled myself from the race, but I’ll still have another four (events) to come.”