WORLD PARA-ALPINE SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS – GIANT SLALOM
Alpine Canada – Calgary, Alta. (January 30, 2017) – Canada walked away from the giant slalom World Para-Alpine Skiing Championships with three more podium finishes, including another gold from Mac Marcoux (guide: Jack Leitch) and a bronze from both Alana Ramsay and Alexis Guimond, bringing the team total to ten World Championship medals.
Sault Ste. Marie’s Marcoux finished the first giant slalom run in first-place and held onto his lead to finish today’s race with another gold, bringing his medal count up to four. Marcoux and Leitch, from Calgary Alpine Racing Club, have been putting together consistent runs all week long, proving they’re the ones to beat in both speed and tech disciplines.
“It’s awesome to finish another race with a win here at the World Championships,” said Marcoux. “The race means a lot since we’ve been struggling with tech <disciplines> for a while and it feels great to lay two great runs down back-to-back. Jack was on point with his line coming into the final pitch to set us up with a solid run that was good enough for first-place. I couldn’t be more excited and we’re pumped for the slalom tomorrow.”
Guimond, the team rookie, joined the Canadian Para-Apine Ski Team this season and has already landed on the podium in a World Cup race. Today marks Guimond’s first World Championship medal!
“I had the same feeling today as I did in Kranjska Gora which made me really confident,” said Guimond. “I was feeling a bit sick heading into the second run but I really battled through. This is my first year on the World Cup circuit so this success is more than I could have expected. I’m really happy with my result!”
Calgary’s Ramsay was consistent finishing third in both giant slalom runs for her fourth World Championship medal. The 22-year-old currently has one silver medal and three bronze medals.
“Today was another great day in Tarvisio,” said Ramsay. “The weather has been great for the past few days here. I’m really happy with my giant slalom runs today and satisfied with how I executed both runs. I had some good feelings in both courses and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s slalom!”
The World Para-Alpine Skiing Championships finish tomorrow with a slalom race.
3 – Alana Ramsay
6 – Erin Latimer
Men’s Visually Impaired
1 –Mac Marcoux
3 – Alexis Guimond
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