KUHTAI, Austria – Alana Ramsay of Calgary earned her second bronze medal on Wednesday placing third in the second giant slalom at the season-opening Para alpine World Cup competition. It was Canada’s fourth medal after two of four days of racing.
It is the first of six scheduled World Cups before the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games March 8-18 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
In the first giant slalom Tuesday, world and Paralympic Games champion Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., and his guide Jack Leitch of Calgary took the gold in men’s visually impaired and Kurt Oatway of Calgary was third in the men’s sit skiing in addition to Ramsay’s third in the women’s standing.
Oatway picked up two podium finishes last season before breaking his arm in a crash at the world championships in a downhill training run. He has returned to the circuit healthy and ready to pick up where he left off last year.
“Breaking my arm last year at world champs was disappointing,” said Oatway. “I'm healthy and have been training hard all summer and skiing fast. I'm heading into these first World Cups confident and ready to set up a strong push toward PyeongChang in March.”
‘’The third place result today in the first GS here in Kühtai Austria, I'm happy with the result but there is more work to be done on the #roadtopyongchang2018,’’ tweeted Oatway after his race Tuesday.
Competition continues Thursday and Friday with the slalom races.
This year fans can stream more races than ever before. All Para alpine World Cups will be live streamed on the World Cup microsite, IPC’s YouTube channel and the World Para Alpine Skiing Facebook page.