Historic Day for Canada in Veysonnaz

Historic Day for Canada in Veysonnaz

Photo Caption Luc Percival

Calgary, AB (January 10, 2020) – On day three of the World Para-Alpine Skiing World Cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team accomplished something that hasn’t been done in over four years. Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) guided by Tristan Rodgers (Ottawa, ON) finished 1st in the Men’s Visually Impaired category for the third consecutive race.  Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) finished 2nd, and Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC), who has podiumed in each World Cup race this season finished 1st in the Women’s Standing Category. Team veteran Kurt Oatway finished in 3rd for the last super-G of the week. This is the first time since 2016 that Canada has stood on the podium in each category on the men’s side on the same day. 

Marcoux and Rodgers are getting comfortable on top of the podium with their third straight day of gold medal finishes. Marcoux is excited about the progress he’s seeing after hard work in the off season, “I’m so exciting moving into GS. Coming out of this series, Tristan and I have been able to put runs together and I know the all the training we’ve been doing is working and we’re moving in the right direction. It can only get better from here.”

For Rodgers it’s been inspiring to watch Marcoux rebound from injury, “Today was fun. Super proud of Mac, he’s shown a lot of hard work and resilience. Seeing him on the top step is really inspiring.” 

Guimond, feels like he’s hitting his stride and most importantly having fun. “It feels awesome, I was so happy with my skiing today. I was vibeing the whole day, I had so much fun. I was dancing in the start. Tomorrow I’m going to push even harder.” 

Jepsen, who has been on the podium in all three days of competition at the Veysonnaz World Cup, is feeling good going into the slalom events. “I was really pumped about today. The track was awesome. Looking forward to tomorrow” she said. 

For Oatway he knows that if he cleans up his skiing he too can be on top of the podium, “It was pretty rough run for me with couple mistakes here and there but still a podium and it was good.” 

Team Results: 

Women – Standing 

Mollie Jepsen – 1st 

Mel Pemble – 6th

Men – Visually Impaired

Mac Marcoux (Guide: Tristan Rodgers) – 1st

Men – Standing 

Alexis Guimond – 2nd

Men – Sitting 

Kurt Oatway – 3rd

The team will now move into two days of giant slalom events in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. 

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