Winter Paralympics: Brennan aims to savour Sochi experience

Mick Brennan
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Bircotes seated skier Mick Brennan admits he may not be able to ignore the size of the occasion when it comes to making his Paralympics bow this weekend.

Brennan, who lost both his legs in a suicide bomb blast while on military duty in Iraq, is scheduled to launch his Sochi 2014 campaign on Sunday.

The 34-year-old secured his place on the seven-strong Great Britain ski team in January.

But despite the eyes of the world watching him in Sochi at the Games, which start tomorrow, Brennan is aiming to savour the whole experience.

“It is something I have been working towards for four years since I started skiing,” said Brennan.

“I went out to Vancouver on the inspirational programme and I was stood there and I was like ‘this is what I want to be doing’.

“I’ve been to World Cups and Europa Cups before but it’s a lot more chilled out. This is going to be on a bigger stage.

“It was very daunting to go to Vancouver and visit the British team in the village.

“I would like to say I am going to take it in my stride but you never can tell.

“I never normally get nervous in races but it’s the biggest thing every four years, some people train all their lives and never get there so I’m going to be a bit nervous for that.”

Brennan and his fellow skiers will be joined in Russia by a five-strong wheelchair curling team as Britain compete in two of the five sports.

“There is always a chance I could get a medal in Sochi,” he said.

“If I have a clear run and some of the top guys fall, I could sneak a top ten place.”