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ST. MORITZ, SUI (Jan. 16, 2013) — The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team rallied together and wrapped up the final day of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup racing in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with four top-10 finishes, including a bronze from visually-impaired skier Mac Marcoux.
Marcoux, from Sault Ste-Marie, Ont., made his debut on the IPC World Cup circuit just eight races ago, and has already notched two other podium finishes in addition to Wednesday’s bronze. He sat third after his first run and managed to hang onto the position in his second run, crossing the finish line under bluebird skies in a two-run combined time of one minute, 25.22 seconds.
“Mac’s performance these past two weeks has been totally unexpected and quite exciting,” said Brianne Law, athletic director for the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team. “He definitely exceeded our expectations in both slalom and giant slalom.”
The prospect athlete, 15, again raced with guide Robin Fémy, who is teammate Chris Williamson’s regular guide. Marcoux’s full-time guide and brother, Billy Joe Marcoux, was sidelined after a fall earlier in the week, so Mac has been racing with Fémy instead. The pair, who had never previously trained or raced together before this week, also made it to the podium in Monday’s giant slalom with a second-place finish.
Marcoux’s rock-solid skiing has earned him a spot on the team roster heading to the IPC World Championships in La Molina, Spain, next month.
Sit-skier Kimberly Joines also had a good race, finishing fourth (1:48.60) in the ladies’ slalom with what Law said was “a really clean, really nice second run.” The Rossland, B.C.-based skier, who won bronze in Sunday’s giant slalom, disappointingly did not finish during Monday or Tuesday’s races, so Wednesday’s fourth-place finish was a good turnaround, Law added.
Women’s team member Alexandra Starker, from Calgary, Alta., also earned a top-10 finish by placing fifth in the slalom (1:38.31).
Sit-skier Josh Dueck, who calls Kimberley, B.C., home, posted a top-10 finish for the first time this IPC World Cup season, coming in eighth (1:30.51). Fellow sit-skier Caleb Brousseau had a “tentative first run” after falling and being disqualified from Tuesday’s slalom, said Law, He was having a fast second run when he fell just four gates from the finish – at the same combination that caused his disqualification Tuesday – and slid across the finish line, Although he did finish, he was last in 16th place (2:01.88).
Men’s standing skiers Braydon Luscombe, from Duncan, B.C., and Morgain Perrin, from Vancouver, B.C., placed 17th (1:29.81) and 19th (1:30.87), respectively.
“Today was a way better day than Tuesday,” Law said. “Overall, everybody ended on a much more positive note than we started this series off on. It’s a good way to finish our trip to Europe.”
Chris Williamson didn’t race in Wednesday’s slalom. He is nursing a slightly strained back and is resting before resuming on-snow training in Canada later this month.
The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team will now return to Canada for a short break before resuming training and racing in preparation for the IPC World Championships in La Molina, Spain, from Feb. 18-27.
JAN. 16, 2013 – IPC WORLD CUP – ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND – MEN’S SLALOM
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