PYHA, Finland – Curt Minard of Vernon, B.C. won the bronze medal in the upper limb category at the first of two Para-snowboardcross World Cups in Finland. Minard led the charge for the Canadians, grabbing Canada’s sole medal of the weekend on Friday, as well as posting a respectable sixth place finish in Saturday's World Cup.
Several Canadians managed to find themselves within the top-10 during the course of both World Cups. Andrew Genge of Oshawa, Ont.,, barely missed out on the podium on the second day of competition with a 4th place finish. Alex Massie (Barrie, ON) also stood out, finishing the first day inseventh after being narrowly edged out by the USA’s Evan Strong in the quarterfinal.
“I love representing Canada, it’s always an honour,'' said Minard. ''To be able to bring a bronze medal home on the World Cup stage was an amazing feeling. I am feeling confident in my riding this Paralympic season and I’m looking forward to pushing my limits and bringing more hardware home for Canada”.
The team will now return home for some rest and relaxation before heading out to December’s Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado for a banked slalom NorAM competition.