The competition provided the last chance for him to race before travelling to Vancouver to represent ParalympicsGB in the Winter Games next month and importantly made sure that he has achieved the qualifying standard for the Super G event at the Paralympic Games.
However, Skeels-Piggins had to dig deep into his years of experience to bring him back from a horrifying 65mph crash in the Downhill race the day before the Super G races. At the fastest part of the course, with only two gates before the finish, he flew 30 feet down the slope having been launched off the final large roller. His front binding snapped in half on landing, sending him cart-wheeling off the course.
He said: “The pressure was really starting to build up. I knew I had the ability to ski fast and complete the runs, but the crash had really shaken me. However, having worked with our sports psychologist preparing for such events, I had coping strategies to put into action.
“They worked, I worked and I now have two Bronze medals, and more importantly, the points required to race the Super G at the Paralympics.”
Skeels-Piggins is one of seven alpine skiers selected to represent ParalympicsGB in Vancouver from March 12-21. He now joins the rest of the GB Paralympics Alpine Team in Winter Park, Colorado, for the holding camp prior to moving onto Whistler on the 6th March. There he will aim to better his medal tally and make his home-town of Bath, his family and his supporters proud.