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Jansen first Aussie woman at Paralympics

Emily Jansen has become Australia's first female competitor at a Winter Paralympics after completing both runs of the standing class giant slalom.

Jansen first Aussie woman at Paralympics

Emily Jansen has become Australia's first female competitor at a Winter Paralympics after completing both runs of the standing class giant slalom.

Emily Jansen has become Australia's first female competitor at a Winter Paralympics after completing both runs of the standing class giant slalom to finish in 21st position.

Jansen has qualified for two of the four alpine events at the Turin Games and had to wait five days before she could finally race. She admitted to feeling the expectation of making Paralympic history.


"I guess that's even more so why I wanted to finish the first run so that I could get a second in the afternoon," said Jansen, who lost her right leg to cancer when she was 19.

"Being the first female from Australia to compete means a lot. But I didn't want to come out of my first event with a DNF (did not finish)."

Meanwhile, in the men's standing class giant slalom, more bad luck plagued the seven-strong Australian contingent in the event.

Young guns Tony Kane, who won a bronze in Super-G, and Cameron Rahles-Rahbula, who has been struggling for form in Italy after several podium finishes in the 2005-06 season World Cup, crashed out in the first and second runs respectively.

Rahles-Rahbula is having a nightmare Games also recording a DNF with falls in his two pet events, the downhill and Super-G.

But from the 66 skiers form 16 countries who competed, Australia had three top-30 finishes with Canberra's Michael Milton in 13th, Byron Bay's Marty Mayberry in 21st and Sydney's Nick Watts in 27th place.

Dean Calabrese (34th) and Scott Adams (40th), both of Sydney, completed the five Australians who successfully completed both runs.

AAP




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