FRÉDÉRIQUE TURGEON CROWNED 2018-19 PARA-ALPINE WORLD CUP SLALOM QUEEN
Turgeon earns career-first Crystal Globe; Ramsay completes podium streak with fourth consecutive bronze-medal finish
Morzine, FRA (March 21, 2019) – Canada’s Frédérique (Fred) Turgeon (Candiac, Que./Club de ski Bromont) earned her first Crystal Globe on Thursday as the overall slalom points-leader in the ladies’ standing category.
Turgeon ends the 2018-19 Para-Alpine World Cup season with four World Cup slalom podium performances (two gold, two silver), and two fourth-place finishes to lead the field.
“I had a really good season; I wasn’t expecting it at all, so I’m really happy with how everything turned out,” said Turgeon who was named to Canada’s Para-Alpine NextGen team in 2017. Her reaction to winning the Crystal Globe before earning a spot on the World Cup team? Shock. “It’s really promising and exciting to win the Crystal Globe (in slalom) and finish third (in the) overall.”
The 19-year-old also showed her mettle during the 2019 IPC World Para-Alpine Championships in January, winning silver in the slalom and capturing bronze in both the super-G and the super combined.
Turgeon also finishes the season ranked third in the ladies’ overall standings, while teammate Kurt Oatway (Calgary/Regina Alpine Race Team – Saskatchewan Alpine) finished second in the downhill standings for the men’s sitting category.
In Thursday’s final World Cup race of the season, Turgeon finished fourth behind teammate Alana Ramsay (Calgary/CADS Alberta) who extended her podium streak by racing to a fourth consecutive slalom bronze medal.
“What an amazing way to end the season,” said Ramsay, who is featured in the latest installment of the Mackenzie Performance Series available here. “It has been fun, and overall, I’m excited that the World Cup (races) went the way they did. I’m looking forward to next season and bringing what I’ve got to the world stage again.”
Alex Cairns (Squamish, B.C./B.C. Adaptive Snowsports) was ninth in the men’s sitting category in Thursday’s slalom.
Canada’s Para-Alpine Ski Team will now travel to Winter Park, Colorado, to take part in the Canadian and U.S. National Championships March 25-30.
Audi 2019 Canadian Ski Racing Awards presented by Helly Hansen
From now until April 15, Alpine Canada and partners Audi Canada and Helly Hansen are accepting nominations and votes to determine the winners of the Audi 2019 Canadian Ski Racing Awards presented by Helly Hansen. Media, fans, and members of the Canadian ski community are invited to help celebrate the nation’s vibrant ski racing community by recognizing the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and ski resorts that have made a positive mark this season. Visit AlpineCanada.org/Awards for more details.
Celebrate today’s podium results by joining the Medallists’ Circle
For the 2018-19 ski racing season, Alpine Canada is inviting ski fans to join the Medallists’ Circle. Donors are invited to commit a pledge for each podium performance by an Alpine Canada athlete this season at World Cup and World Championship events. All funds raised through the Medallists’ Circle will provide Canada’s alpine, para-alpine, and ski cross athletes with the resources needed to reach for the podium. For further information, please visit AlpineCanada.org.