Panorama, BC (Saturday, March 7, 2015) – The Canadian Para-Alpine team continued to push hard on Saturday during the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama, B.C., with Toronto’s Erin Latimer leading the team with a 7th place finish in the women’s Super Combined (standing) event.
Latimer’s combined time was 2:18.47. Alana Ramsay, Calgary AB finished a close 8th (2:19.17) in the same event.
The day began with an over-cast sky and flat light, but that didn’t stop the Canadian team from coming out in full force.
Alberta’s Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, Alta., showed strength during his downhill run to finish overall in in 9th-place (2:02.17) in the men’s (standing) Super Combined, while Calgary’s Kurt Oatway continued to push through the track, securing 11th (2:06.45 ) in the men’s (sitting) Super Combined.
Both Canadian men racing Super Combined (standing) had a tough day during Saturday’s downhill run. Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, BC DNF’d before the first interval, where Matt Hallat, of Coquitlam, BC was racing strong and DNF’d on the bottom half of the course.
Missing from today’s roster were Sault Ste. Marie’s Mac Marcoux and his guide BJ Marcoux. During training last week, Mac Marcoux caught an edge and fell. As a result of the fall it was determined he had a small tear in his left meniscus. The decision was made by Marcoux, his coaches and physio team that Marcoux would withdraw from the remainder of the competition.
Marcoux’s success during the speed events, claiming gold in Wednesday’s downhill and silver in Tuesday’s Super-G, meant he had accomplished his goals for the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships. It was a difficult decision for Marcoux to withdraw from the remaining events and it was not made lightly. However, as Marcoux desires to have a long competitive ski career, it is important that his focus shifts to a full recovery.
The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship will continue Sunday, March 8th at Panorama Mountain Resort with the Giant Slalom run 1 starting at 10am Mountain Time.
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