Brett Wild and Millie Knight hits out at Beijing 2022 Paralympic schedule after medal mss

Bearsden's Brett Wild added to his Paralympic medal collection with bronze in Beijing - and then hit out at a ‘crazy’ Paralympic schedule after suffering medal heartbreak in subsequent events.

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BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 05: Bronze Medallists Millie Knight and their guide Brett Wild celebrate with their medals during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Vision Impaired Medal Ceremony during Day One of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Yanqing Para Medals Plaza on March 05, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 05: Bronze Medallists Millie Knight and their guide Brett Wild celebrate with their medals during the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Vision Impaired Medal Ceremony during Day One of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Yanqing Para Medals Plaza on March 05, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Wild, 29, guided visually impaired skier Millie Knight to Super Combined fourth on Monday in the third alpine event in as many days.

The fatigued duo bagged a brave downhill bronze on day one of the Games but near misses on Sunday – they came fourth by 0.09 seconds in the Super-G – and Monday derailed their momentum.

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Monday’s Super Combined event was due to take place on Tuesday but was brought forward 24 hours because of boiling Beijing conditions.

Knight and Wild, who won three medals at PyeongChang 2018, have had just one day off since arriving in China and took to the Yanqing snow just hours after hitting the runway.

And angry Wild, also a Royal Navy submariner, fumed: “Our schedule, in terms of our acclimatisation and jet lag prevention, hasn’t been ideal.

“It’s all just been so rushed and really challenging since the day we arrived.

“We are tired, we’ve had one day off in eight days off the back of severe jet lag. It’s been crazy and really difficult.

“I’d have liked to have either flown earlier, or at least had a day off after we arrived to get over jet lag before skiing speed.

“We arrived on the 25th and skied on the 26th, whereas normally we’d have an acclimatisation day.

“I’ll admit we’d have preferred it to be different.”

Responding to Wild’s outburst, ParalympicsGB said: "The health and wellbeing of every athlete at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games is always our top priority.

"Working closely and collaboratively with GB Snowsport every step of the way, we put in place robust travel protocols to help mitigate against the risk of athletes missing the opportunity to compete at the Games because of a positive Covid-19 test, whilst also giving them the best opportunity to achieve their full sporting potential at Beijing 2022.

"Every athlete is always encouraged to voice any concerns they might have as soon as possible so we can agree the best way to support them."

Knight and Wild now have a midweek break ahead of pivoting their attention to Friday’s giant slalom event.

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