Third time lucky as Melissa Perrine takes bronze
Melissa Perrine has claimed bronze at the PyeongChang Paralympics, rewarded for the dedication that has taken her to three Winter Games.
With guide Christian Geiger, Perrine claimed bronze in the vision impaired super combined to give Australia its second medal of the Games, following Simon Patmore’s breakthrough gold in the snowboard cross.
It was a near perfect slalom run for the Perrine-Geiger team which handed the 30-year-old a podium finish at her third Games behind gold medallist Henrieta Farkasova from Slovakia and Menna Fitzpatrick from Great Britain.
"Relief, I guess,” was Perrine’s immediate response. “Elation. Just so happy right now. I'm stoked that it was enough to get on the podium and I'm so excited for the next two races."
Perrine is still to compete in the Giant Slalom and Slalom events to finish off her 2018 Paralympic program.
She emerged on the international scene in the 2009-10 season. After winning 35 World Cup medals, including six gold, and eight World Championship medals (three gold), expectation has always been on Perrine's shoulders at the Paralympic Games.
"She's had some bad luck but it's just made her stronger," her mother Denise said.
Perrine’s father Ronald and brother Nick also travelled to PyeongChang from their home in Mittagong, NSW.
"My family have never seen me ski before and it's the first time mum's been overseas. It's a miracle that she can be here and it's so great they're able to see it," Perrine said.
"They've sacrificed so much and given me so much throughout my life. They and my brothers and everyone back home, my entire extended family, they've just been amazing my entire life and I'm so happy they can be here to share this."