Byron Bay paralympian skier, Marty Mayberry, has set his sights on winning two medals at the 2010 Paralympics.
Byron Bay paralympian skier, Marty Mayberry, has set his sights on winning two medals at the 2010 Paralympics.

Marty snatches silver

MARTY MAYBERRY has overcome a pair of disqualifications to snatch a silver medal in the men’s standing downhill at the Vancouver Paralympics.

The 24-year-old double leg amputee from Ewingsdale collected his first medal at his second Games after flying down the mountain in 1m22.78s.

The alpine skier held his nerve after going too hard in the slalom and the giant slalom, from which he was disqualified for missing gates.

“I have been thinking for the past few days how this was all going to pan out,” Mayberry said just moments after the event.

“But I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

With heavy snow falls ever since the athletes arrives in Vancouver, the mountain at Whistler has been changing shape day-to-day – an obstacle which every skier has had to come to terms with.

“It’s tough and bumpy today,” he said.

“I couldn’t quiet ski how I wanted to but I was good enough for second so I am over the moon.”

After pushing too hard in the opening events and getting disqualified, Mayberry could have been forgiven for being slightly reserved.

But that isn’t the way he or the sport works.

“Downhill is a pretty intimidating event but I pushed the whole way down and got the result,” he said.

“I can’t quite believe it.”

Coming into his pet event, Mayberry had to battle his mind to allow him to leave fear at the top of the mountain on his way to speeds of 130km/h.

“It was a struggle but I worked my head into doing it and now I can enjoy the rewards,” he said.

Legendary German arm amputee Gerd Schoenfelder took gold in the event – he now has an amazing 20 medals at three Games.

Mayberry has one more chance at gold in the Super-G, which will get under way tomorrow.



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