After two earlier disappointments, Ewingsdale’s Marty Mayberry took the silver medal in the men’s downhill for standing class athletes at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics last week.
While Marty could not catch German skier Gerd Schonfelder, an arm amputee, who collected his second gold in Vancouver, it was his first medal at his second Games and he was more than happy.
“I’m actually pretty puffed,’’ said the 24 year-old medical student.
“It was tough – a little bumpy at the top but I pushed it the whole way down. I am so happy with that result.
“Downhill is pretty intimidating and I’m still pretty shocked.
“I can’t quite believe it, to tell you the truth.’’
Marty had been in sensational downhill form leading into the Paralympic Games, winning gold and silver medals in the two downhill races at the IPC World Cup finals earlier this month in Aspen, Colorado.
He then arrived in Canada to set the fastest time in the only official downhill training session at Whistler Creekside last week.
Marty, who had both legs amputated after suffering meningococcal as a teenager, said he would savour his medal-winning moment for some time to come.
"I had two World Cup wins a couple of weeks ago. This is totally different. It is an amazing feeling. I’ve had a lot of setbacks, a lot of not finishing races," he said.
"I knew I could ski well if it came together. I just had to believe it. I was not finishing races and was all over the place.
"It has been a long, hard road with my prosthetic set-up.
“It has been one step forward and two steps back.
"I’m so happy with that result. I’m still in shock, I think.
“It’s an intimidating course but if I could work my head into getting at it, I knew I could do it."
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