Canada podiums at Panorama IPC
Canada’s Mac Marcoux and brother BJ Marcoux (guide) skied hard during Thursday’s Super-G (visually impaired) race at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship in Panorama, claiming silver – making it two podiums in two days for the Marcoux brother’s.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start, then coming down into the speed sections we started to pick it up from there,” explained BJ Marcoux. “We raced pretty solid and we ended up in second place, which is great!”
Three time Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games medallist Mac Marcoux, of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., will add this silver World Championship to his already successful season. On the world cup circuit Marcoux secured eight podium finishes, five of which were first, resulting in securing the coveted Crystal Globe and title: Overall World Cup athlete.
Marcoux was just shy of first place Ivan Franstev of Russia (1:23.63), sitting +0.41 behind and Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia finished 3rd (1:24.81)
On Wednesday, March 4 the Marcoux brothers won gold in the Men’s Downhill (visually impaired) in Panorama Mountain Resort at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships. Thursday’s silver now marks the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, as Marcoux’s most successful world championships yet. In 2013, Mac Marcoux won silver in Giant Slalom at the La Molina, Spain IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
Mac Marcoux beamed with pride when he shared the words his mom said to him right after the race, “I am really proud of you,” and by the way the crowd were cheering him on it is safe to say, Canadians are also very proud of their Marcoux brothers.
Six other skiers represented Canada in Thursday’s Super-G. In the men’s Downhill (Standing) Matt Hallat, of Coquitlam, claimed 13th (1:25.95) and Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, Alta. finished 15th ( 1:26.57). Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, was racing strong when he caught an edge and DNF’ed five gates before the finish.
Hallat who experienced a little bobble at the top the run did say he was satisfied with today’s run, but is eager to bring a little more for Saturday’s Super Combined.
The Men’s Super-G (Sitting) was an extremely tight race. The top eight racers were within 1.44 seconds of each other. Kurt Oatway of Calgary, had a strong start, caught an edge in the middle of the track and finished in 17th.
Erin Latimer, of Toronto and Alana Ramsay, Calgary of both raced in the women’s Super-G (Standing). Latimer finished seventh (1:1:37.16) and Ramsay finished ninth (1:39.07).
The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship will continue Saturday, March 7 at Panorama with the Super Combined starting at 10:30 a.m. All races will be streamed live on www.cbc.ca/sports/skiing
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