TIGNES, France- Mac Marcoux with guide B.J. Marcoux of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., and Kurt Oatway of Calgary each won downhill gold for a second straight day at the fourth stop on the para-alpine World Cup circuit on Thursday.
In the visually impaired downhill, the Marcoux brothers clocked 1:11.58 for the victory. Giacomo Bertagnolli with guide Fabrizio Casal of Italy were second in 1:13.34 and Ivan Frantsev guided by German Agranovskii of Russia were third in 1:16.68.
The Marcoux brothers struggled to put runs together in the first tech races of the season but have clearly found their stride in the speed events.
“Today was another great day in Tignes,’’ said Mac Marcoux. ‘’The snow is unreal and the course is really fast. I’m really excited for tomorrow’s super G. I’m hoping to carry momentum from today into the races tomorrow, which would leave us ending on a great note over here in Europe.”
In men’s sitting downhill, Oatway took gold in 1:11.20. Roman Rabl of Austria was second in 1:11.48 and Corey Peters of New Zealand third in 1:11.54.
“Today’s run felt a bit all over the place but I ran a clean ski and nailed sections I was having trouble with the day before,” said Oatway of his result. “It feels good to come out with another win and I am looking forward to the super G tomorrow.”
Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., third in Wednesday’s downhill, was fifth.
The team continues the speed events tomorrow in Tignes, FRA where they’ll be throwing down two super G races.
Full results can be found at www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/calendar-and-results.
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