Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team kicks out for first time in two years, grabs five medals
Steinach am Brenner, AUT (December 7, 2021) — It was a day that has been much anticipated for the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team; after nearly two years of waiting, athletes pushed out of the gates for the first World Cup race of the 2021-22 season.
If there was any rust or nerves, it didn’t show. Mollie Jepsen, Kurt Oatway and Alexis Guimond all finished on the podium after two super-G races, with Mollie placing third twice, Kurt sliding into a bronze, and Alexis finishing third and second.
“I’m quite happy with the race, quite satisfied,” says Alexis. “It’s a good confidence builder for the season and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”
With two super-G races in the books, the team will be focusing on training for the giant slalom December 9. And while the results were satisfying, everyone is pushing for more.
“I pushed the pace and was aggressive and technically sound. I wasn’t leaving anything on the table. I’m looking forward to skiing the GS, it’s going to be good to be in that place again. I’m going to hustle to make that first-place finish happen,” Alexis continued.
“I'm happy to be back racing after such a long hiatus,” Kurt added. “While I’m happy to hit the podium I feel like I have more in the tank and I'm looking forward to some GS races in the next few days.”
Stay tuned to Alpine Canada’s channels to follow the team later this week, as they race two more World Cup GS races on Thursday and Friday in Steinach am Brenner, AUT, setting the tone to lead into an exciting season with both World Championships and the 2022 Paralympic Games on the calendar.
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