Canadian Para Nordic and Para alpine skiers continued to deliver winning results today and over the weekend, combining for five medals at PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games test events: a gold and silver in Nordic and a gold and two silver in alpine.
In Para Nordic action today (March 13), Canada’s sit-skier Collin Cameron (Sudbury, Ont.) had the race of his life on the 2018 Paralympic venue in PyeongChang, capturing the first World Cup victory of his career. The 28-year-old was aggressive out of the gate in the final, where he skied near the front of the pack en route to winning the gold after an impressive last 100 metres that saw him pass American Dan Cnossen for the victory.
“It’s amazing. It is the best feeling of my life,” said Cameron, who secured his spot in the head-to-head heats with the third fastest qualifying time. “It’s nice to see my hard work in training, and experience from my last two sprint races this year, pay off with a victory here in PyeongChang.”
The trail to the Para Nordic podium continued for the Canadians in the women’s standing division as Vancouver’s Emily Young had her best race of the season, winning the silver medal.
In Para alpine on Sunday (March 12), a win by Canada’s Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, Alta.) on the opening day of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in PyeongChang was enough to secure the season ending downhill World Cup title.
“Overall we’re recently excited at how the day went,” said Marcoux, 19. “We’re kind of taking advantage of this year as more of a training run for next year. The end result really didn’t matter as much it was just getting familiar with the track. Coming out with first, we’re really excited. So far everything is awesome, the track is super fun.”
In the men’s standing category, 17-year-old Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, Que.) captured silver. In women’s standing, Calgary’s Alana Ramsay led the team with a silver as well.
“It feels great to be here in Korea,” said Ramsay. “The track is in really good shape. I was happy that I took a few seconds off my training run. The test events are going great.”
The Para alpine team has the day off today before the super-G Tuesday (March 14). Para Nordic continues with biathlon competition Tuesday (March 14) and cross country Wednesday (March 15).
For full Canadian alpine results from March 12: http://alpinecanada.org/news/para-alpine-downhill-paralympic-test-event
For full Para Nordic results from March 13: http://www.cccski.com/Media/Press-Releases/Canada’s-Collin-Cameron-Sprints-to-Gold-at-World-P.aspx#.WMbCT28rKos