Canada’s Para-Nordic Athletes Add Silver and Bronze at IPC Asian Cup in Pyeongchang
Cross Country Canada – Emily Weekes wins first bronze, Chris Klebl silver, Brittany Hudak places fourth
PYEONGCHANG, Kor—Canada’s para-nordic skiers added a silver and bronze medal to their two-day haul in Pyeongchang, Korea on Friday. Emily Weekes won her first career international bronze medal, while Paralympic champion, Chris Klebl, won the silver.
Emily Weekes had a childhood goal to win a wrestling medal for Canada at the Olympic Games. But following a training injury that caused nerve damage to her right arm, those sporting dreams changed to skiing onto the Paralympic podium.
The North Vancouver resident is well on her way, winning a bronze medal on Friday in just her second international race – and on the 2018 Paralympic course nonetheless. The 24-year-old rookie clocked a bronze medal time of 19:59.9 in the women’s 7.5-kilometre skate-ski race at the IPC Asian Cup.
Weekes shared the podium with two Russian skiers. She was 10 seconds behind second-place finisher, Natalia Bratiuk. Ekaterina Rumyantseva captured top spot on the podium for the second day. Rumyantseva set the time to beat at 18:28.4.
Weekes also edged out Canadian teammate, Brittany Hudak, for the final spot on the women’s standing podium. The 22-year-old Hudak, of Prince Albert, Sask., skied into fourth spot with a time of 20:09.7.
Hudak was recruited to the national program as a teenager just three years ago. Weekes put on the skinny skis for the first time just last year. Both represent the future of Para-Nordic skiing in Canada.
“Both Emily and Brittany are so young in their development, and have serious potential for the future,” said Robin McKeever, head coach, Canada’s Para-Nordic Team. “Both are great athletes. Brittany has been with us for a few years and Emily will also continue to develop well over the next few years. This is a great start for her in her first IPC races of the year.”
Paralympic champion, Chris Klebl, captured the silver medal in the men’s sit-skiing division.
Klebl, of Canmore, Alta., clocked a second-place time of 16:17.9.
Russia’s Aleksandr Davidovich pulled away from the field with a time of 14:51.5. American, Andrew Soule, finished just behind Klebl in third place at 15:19.2.
The IPC Asian Cup continues in Pyeongchang on Saturday with the biathlon races.
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