In September 2007 Jess was offered the opportunity to learn to ski by the Australian Paralympic Committee after they discovered she had spent 2 winters in Vail/ Beaver Creek, Colorado on a working holiday and learning to snowboard. She jumped at the chance and found herself falling in love with alpine ski racing. After the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics she moved to Winter Park, Colorado to learn to ski race.
Jess has numerous World Cup wins and podiums to her name and at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics Jess along with her guide Eric Bickerton, became Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medallist when they won a bronze in the Slalom.
At the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics Jess won another bronze medal this time in the Giant Slalom with guide Christian Geiger.
Since the Sochi Winter Paralympics Jess has transitioned from alpine skiing into track cycling in preparation to qualify for the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics and currently has her rankings on hold. To date her World Ranking in Slalom is 1 and Giant Slalom is 6.
The Olympic Channel: Game Breakers 👊 In 1960 Australia won it's first winter Paralympic medal. It took 50 years before a women would stand on that podium. A girl from Geelong, Victoria who didn't even know the world of Alpine Skiing existed. After 150 days of on-snow ski training she debuted for Australia at the winter Paralympics & on her birthday became Australia's first female winter Paralympic medalist. This is (part) of my story. ⛷💕 (Link below & in my bio) ttps://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/gamebreakers/core-gamebreakers/how-jessica-gallagher-became-australias-first-para-alpine-ski-queen/
Couple of weeks ago in Tassie attempting to hit the top point of Mt Wellington but Mother Nature had other plans. 😂 I've been on sone windy peaks ⛷ but Welly was like no other. Oh & it was pelting rain. Literally thought I was going to be blown off the edge & yet somehow @songbirdosteo got her camera out to take this pic of me struggling to get down (& not lose my beanie,)... maybe a hand next time mate?! 😂😂😂 #hiking #MtWellington #windy
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