Richard Burt (skier)

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Richard Burt
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Paralympic Alpine skiing
Winter Paralympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1992 Albertville/Tignes Giant slalom B3
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Albertville/Tignes Super-G B3
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer Giant slalom B3
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Lillehammer Super-G B3

Richard Burt is a British former Paralympic skier who won medals at the 1992 Winter Paralympics and 1994 Winter Paralympics.[1]

Paralympics[edit]

Burt's first appearance at the Winter Paralympics was during the 1992 Games held in Tignes and Albertville, France. He competed in the giant slalom and super-G events in the B3 classification.[2] Burt competed in the B3 classification for visually impaired athletes.[3] In the super-G Burt won a bronze medal, finishing behind Bruno Oberhammer of Italy and the United States' Brian Santos.[4] In the giant slalom Burt recorded a time less than half a second quicker than Oberhammer to win the silver medal, the gold was again won by Santos.[5]

At the 1994 Winter Paralympics, held in Lillehammer, Norway, Burt competed in the downhill and slalom events as well as the super-G and giant slalom. The gold medals in all four events went to Brian Santos and all four silvers were won by Bruno Oberhammer. Burt won two bronze medals, in the giant slalom and super-G, but failed to finish his other events.[6][7][8][9]

Prior to the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan, Burt, and other members of the British team, experienced difficulties in obtaining funding for their training. In 1996 UK Sport, which replaced the Sports Council of Great Britain, became responsible for distributing National Lottery grant money. A delay in the arrival of lottery funding meant athletes such as Burt were forced to bridge the gap using their own savings. Eventually Burt received around £6000 of funding only a few months before the start of the Games.[10] Competing in his third and final Paralympics Burt contested four events in Nagano, achieving a best result of fifth place in both the downhill and slalom.[2]

Since his 1994 bronze medals, and the three others won by British athletes in Lillehammer, Britain has failed to win any Paralympic alpine skiing medals.[11] Along with Matthew Stockford, who has won four Paralympic bronze medals, Burt has won the most Winter Paralympic medals of any British athlete.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brief History" (PDF). British Disabled Ski Team. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Results for Richard Burt from the International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ "Alpine Skiing Classification". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Results Tignes-Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Results Tignes-Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Results Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Results Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G B3". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "British team plan to put money worries behind them". BBC News. 4 March 1998. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kelly Gallagher claims fourth at Winter Paralympics". BBC Sport. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Winter wonderland". BBC Sport. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2011.