TIGNES, France- Kurt Oatway of Calgary and Mac Marcoux with guide B.J. Marcoux of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., produced victories in the opening downhill races on the para-alpine World Cup circuit on Wednesday.
Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., capped a great day for the Canadians with a bronze in his downhill event. It is the first time since 2002 Canada has secured a podium in all three categories on the men’s side.
In the men’s sitting downhill, Oatway collected his second victory this season and first career downhill World Cup win in one minute and 11.20 seconds. Oatway edged Austria’s world championship silver medallist Roman Rabl second in 1:11.48 while New Zealand’s world champion Corey Peters (1:11.54) took third.
“It feels good to land on the podium again,” said Oatway. “Training has been going well and help from expert coaches and a skilled technician has helped me make some huge gains this season. I’m feeling good going into tomorrow.”
At the first stop earlier this month in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Oatway earned his first career World Cup victory winning in the men's sitting giant slalom.
Alex Cairns of Squamish, B.C., was 12th.
The world champion Marcoux brothers took the men’s visually impaired race in 1:11.58. It was their first victory since storming to gold at the world championships in Panorama B.C. last winter.
“I’m so stoked to finish on a good note,” said Mac Marcoux. “Can’t wait for the rest of the week racing speed.”
B.J., echoed his sentiments saying, “I like going fast. It feels really good to be back on the podium.”
Italy’s Giacomo Bertagnolli (1:13.34) notched his seventh consecutive World Cup podium this season with guide Fabrizio Casal clocking 1:13.34 for silver. Russia’s Ivan Frantsev guided by German Agranovskii was third in 1:16.68.
Luscombe collected his first career World Cup podium finishing behind Austria’s Paralympic champion Markus Salcher (1:11.70) in first and Australian Mitchell Gourley (1:14.25). Luscombe (1:14.50) stepped onto the podium for Canada in third.
“Everything fell into place for this run.” said Luscombe. “I’m looking forward to our second downhill tomorrow as there are still sections I can clean up.”
Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, Alta., was seventh.
Full results can be found at www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/calendar-and-results.
There will be more downhill action from Tignes on Thursday (28 January) before super-G racing on Friday (29 January).
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