Marcoux brothers, Ramsay on podium at para-alpine World Cup

February 26, 2016


Mac and BJ Marcoux

Mac Marcoux and his guide/brother B.J. Marcoux won the silver medal in the visually impaired race at the para-alpine World Cup final taking place in Aspen, Colorado. Alana Ramsay of Calgary added a bronze in the women’s standing GS

The brothers, the GS Paralympic champions, had registered a did not finish in their seven previous GS races.  “It was a good day,” tweeted Mac Marcoux. “Did some solid skiing. No more DNF curse.”

Russia’s world champion Valerii Redkozubov (1:44.11), guided by Evgeny Geroev, took the race win and overall crown in the men’s visually impaired after Italian points leader Giacomo Bertagnolli hit a gate and was disqualified with guide Fabrizio Casal.

The Marcoux clocked 1:44.26 and Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo of Spain were third.

In the women’s standing, France’s world and Paralympic champion Marie Bochet took the overall giant slalom World Cup title for the third season in a row. Bochet (1:49.51) posted two perfect runs to finish ahead of Romania’s Laura Valeanu (2:00.05) and Alana Ramsay of Calgary (2:00.34).

It’s been a breakthrough season for Ramsay now with four World Cup medals this season, her first international podiums of her career. She finished third overall in the World Cup GS standings.

Hudak sixth at para-nordic World Cup

Brittany Hudak

Four of Canada’s rising stars in para-nordic skiing cracked the top-10 in distance races at the IPC World Cup in Finsterau, Germany on Thursday.

Two young guns on the women’s squad, Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, Sask.) and Emily Weekes (North Vancouver), finished sixth and seventh respectively in the women’s 15-kilometre standing event. Competing in his first series of IPC World Cup races, Collin Cameron of Sudbury, Ont., was ninth. Derek Zaplotinsky (Smokey Lake, Alta.) returned to IPC World Cup where he was 10th in the men’s 15-kilometre sit-ski race.

“It was a tough day with icy conditions but the team put in a solid effort today,” said Canada’s head coach Robin McKeever to Cross Country Canada. “Our goal for this trip was to leverage this World Cup to provide some elite level competition for our development opportunities. That was a surprise and very strong effort by Collin today who is showing tremendous potential.”

Not this year for Canadian wheelchair curlers.

Wheelchair curling

At the world wheelchair curling championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, Canada lost to Russia 7-2 Friday morning to dash its playoff round hopes. The Canadians are in 10th place in round robin play with a win and six losses. They’ll play out the round robin against Norway Friday afternoon and Germany Saturday morning.

The Canadian team members are Jim Armstrong of Cambridge, Ont., Ina Forrest from Armstrong, B.C., Dennis Thiessen of Sanford, Man., Mark Ideson of London, Ont., and Sonja Gaudet of Vernon, B.C.

Norway and Switzerland are tied atop the standings at 7-1 and Russia is 6-2.