Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team wraps up World Championships, collects seven medals total
Lillehammer, NOR (January 22, 2022) -- Michaela Gosselin is the latest member of the Canadian para-alpine team to add to the medal totals at the World Championships, claiming bronze and her first ever world championship podium finish in this debut season.
“Very happy with my results today, coming third and my first World Champs podium,” says Michaela. “I started fourth after first run but was able to move up after the second.”
The team has been attacking the challenging course in Lillehammer, NOR since the event first kicked off January 12. With fluctuations in the weather creating extremely icy conditions some days, where thick fog rolled through others, athletes pushed through and collected seven medals total.
“Today’s conditions were super foggy, but the snow was nice and firm and we were able to see enough so that it wasn’t a huge issue. Happy we could make the most of it,” Michaela continued.
Mollie Jepsen continued her dominant season by going three for three podiums in Norway, extending her World Cup total streak to nine medals in nine races so far.
Katie Combaluzier has continued her breakout debut season, making strong gains in each run and capturing three medals at the Championships.
The team will be continuing the World Cup circuit in Åre, SWE for three additional races before returning to Canada and a staging camp in Whistler BC to prepare for the 2022 Paralympic Games. “It’s a busy next month, but full throttle for the rest of the year!” says Michaela.
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