Yanqing Alpine Centre (March 10, 2022) -- Paralympic action continued with the women’s technical events this evening at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre with Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, B.C.) claiming the silver medal in the giant slalom event. This improves upon her bronze medal finish in PyeongChang in 2018.
"I don’t know if it’s fully set in that I have two medals yet,” says Jepsen. “I had high expectations and goals going into this event. I’ve been mostly focused on giant slalom, super G and downhill the last few years so I’m glad I was able to showcase that versatility,” reflects Mollie, who earned her second medal of these Games today, following her gold in the downhill event. Mollie was the first for Team Canada to claim a medal, and gold, in Beijing.
The Ice River course has been battling the elements as well as the athletes, with daytime temperatures in the double digits creating challenging conditions on an already difficult course set for these technical events. But the spirits were high and camaraderie strong regardless as this Canadian team continued to rally around one another.
“Coming across the line and seeing my team there and everyone supporting me feels so amazing and makes me so happy. I don’t know if I’ll ever have words for that,” says Jepsen, who now has six Paralympic medals to her name.
Teammate Michaela Gosselin (Collingwood, ON) found another gear and had a personal best 6th place finish in this event in her debut Paralympic Games alongside compatriot sit-skier Katie Combaluzier (Toronto, ON) also in her debut Games with a solid finish in 8th place.
"It just feels so good! I had some trouble with the speed events so crossing the finish line twice here today shows that I’m out to compete with some of the best in the world,” says Combaluzier. “Seeing my teammates succeed has been such a huge highlight and I’m just so proud to be part of Team Canada. I’m just getting started and excited to keep getting better and better.”
Schedule changes have put the women racing back-to-back, with their next event tomorrow, when they compete in the slalom on Friday March 11. The men’s slalom will follow on Saturday March 12 before closing ceremonies bring these Games to completion on Sunday.
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