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Wilmington skier home from Sochi

A Wilmington teenager who competed in the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics is back on British soil after his first ever games.

James Whitley, 16, represented Great Britain in Alpine Skiing - Slalom and Giant Slalom.

He appeared on the slopes for the first time on March 13 where he made it down the track in 54.84 seconds in the first run which put him into 21st place and 58.59 seconds in the second run which put him into 15th place.

James appeared again on Saturday (March 15) in the Giant Slalom where he came in at 14th place.

He was part of the most successful British paralympic team ever with the team bringing home six medals.

James has been skiing since the age of four and has represented both Courchevel, where he trains, and his school in able bodied competitions, winning six cups. He has risen rapidly through the ranks since being recruited to the British Disabled Ski Team. He won his first senior medal, a bronze in Giant Slalom at Chamrousse in France. James is currently ranked second in the world in Slalom and fifth in Giant Slalom in under 18 level.

 

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