Alana Ramsay of Calgary continued her breakthrough season at the para-alpine World Cup final in Aspen, Colorado with three more medal performances in the standing technical events. She took silver in first giant slalom race on Wednesday (February 24), bronze in the second GS on Thursday and silver in the slalom Friday. She finished third overall in both the GS and slalom standings.
The Marcoux brothers of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., Mac and his guide B.J., added a silver in the second men’s visually impaired GS race on Thursday. Kurt Oatway of Calgary also took second in the overall men’s GS sit-skiing standings. In Aspen he was fourth in the first GS and slalom.
The downhill races are March 1-2 and the Super Gs March 3-4. In Sunday’s downhill training runs, Oatway was first while the Marcoux brothers, Ramsay and Brayden Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., all placed second in their respective events.
Canada secures a spot for next year’s world championships
Canada’s wheelchair curling team secured a spot for next year’s world championships by defeating Germany 6-3 in its last round robin game on Saturday at this year’s worlds in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Canadians rallied to seventh place in the tournament winning their last two games to finish with three wins and six losses.
Canadian skip Jim Armstrong of Cambridge, Ont., had nothing but praise for his crew.
“I think it really speaks to the team,” he told Curling Canada. “There’s just no quit in them. A situation like (we had) in the last two days is important to our program back home. They just sucked it up and hung with me and we did all we could under the circumstances, so kudos to them.”
Also on the team were Ina Forrest of Armstrong, B.C., Dennis Thiessen of Sanford, Man., Mark Ideson of London, Ont., alternate Sonja Gaudet of Vernon, B.C. The same squad won gold at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Russia defeated Norway 7-4 for the gold. South Korea defeated Switzerland 6-5 for the bronze.
Canadian wheelchair rugby team gain valuable experience in Rio
With top scorer Zak Madell not in the line-up Canada won two of its six games this past weekend at wheelchair rugby Paralympic Games test event held at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio. Britain won a surprise gold followed by Paralympic champion Australian and the Canadians, currently ranked number-one in the world third. The Canadians beat Brazil twice in the double round robin tournament.
“We had tough battles,” Canada’s Fabien Lavoie told Sportcom. “It was a good test for the team to see how we could adapt without our best player.”
The Canadian team members were
- Byron Green (Vancouver, BC)
- Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC) - Captain
- Patrice Dagenais (Ottawa, ON) - Captain
- Patrice Simard (Alma, QC)
- Travis Murao (Vancouver, BC)
- David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
- Cody Caldwell (Peterborough, ON)
- Mike Whitehead (Windsor, ON)
- Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
- Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON)
Career-best for Emily Weekes
Para-nordic rookie, Emily Weekes of Vancouver fired a best-ever biathlon result at the IPC World Cup placing sixth on Sunday in Finsterau, Germany.
The 24-year-old knocked down 18 of her 20 targets in four rounds of shooting on the range to clock a time of 35:48.9 in the women’s standing 10-kilometre event.
“The skis went fast and the pellets went straight,’’ Weekes told Cross Country Canada. ‘’Amazing what happens when you don’t spend the entire race doing penalty loops. The race went exactly as planned and considering it was my fifth race in six days, I was surprised with the energy I had to keep the skis going and hold the technique together. It was a successful breakthrough day in the office.”
Canada’s best result at the World Cup para-nordic event this week was a fourth place finish in the mixed 2.5 kilometre relay with Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alta., Weekes, Brittany Hudak of Saskatoon and Mark Arendz of Hartsville, P.E.I.
The next stop is March 15-20 in Vuokatti, Finland.