Marcoux and Oatway win overall World Cup downhill crowns

March 3, 2016

Kurt Oatway

Kurt Oatway of Calgary and the Marcoux brothers from Sault Ste Marie, Ont.- Mac and his guide B.J. -  secured the overall World Cup downhill titles on Wednesday with medal performances at the season finale in Aspen.

In men’s sitting, Oatway clocked 1:12.93 for a decisive victory. He won three of the four downhills this season.  Austria’s world championship silver medallist Roman Rabl was second in1:14.43 and Akira Kano of Japan third in 1:14.91.

“The course today was a bit soft and bumpy,” said Oatway second in Tuesday’s downhill. “It wasn’t an easy track by any stretch but manageable. It’s a massive improvement over last year.”

Confident of another good result in the super-G on Thursday where he currently trails Rabl by 20 points, Oatway continued: “I just need a couple more points in the super-G and see where I end up. Competition is stiff. The best racers in the world are here and nobody is just going to give you a win.”

Mac and BJ Marcoux

In the men’s visually impaired downhill, American Mark Bathum won Wednesday’s race in 1:12.04 with guide Cade Yamamoto. However it was Canada’s world champion Mac Marcoux and his guide brother BJ who clinched the overall downhill crown finishing second in both downhills including Wednesday’s in 1:12.81.

 “We are super stoked about our performance in downhill,” said Mac Marcoux. “It’s great to be back racing with B.J. full-time and to get him his first Crystal Globe. We’re looking forward to the last two races of the season.”

In women’s standing, Alana Ramsay of Calgary, earned two fourth-place finishes in the downhill races as she continued her breakthrough season.

The World Cup season ends with super G races on Thursday and Friday.

Full results: http://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/calendar-and-results