Calgary, AB (January 22, 2020) – In what is becoming a daily sight Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) and guide Tristan Rodgers (Ottawa, ON) stood atop the podium in Kranjska Gora, SLO after the third day of giant slalom. Not to be outdone Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) finished in third, his third straight day on the podium.
Marcoux, who is returning from injury, has been incredibly happy with the beginning to his season and is excited to head home to recharge, “I’m exciting to be heading home with great momentum from all the Europe races!”
For Rodgers, his first couple months on the World Cup tour with Marcoux have been amazing, “I’m so happy with my first experience on the World Cup with Mac. The Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team (CPAST) has been absolutely crushing it and I’m so proud of my teammates for their results these past few weeks. We couldn’t do it without our coaches and staff so a huge thank you to them for all their hard work.”
Guimond, who has approached the season in a new way that allows him to enjoy racing again has been working. He has been on the podium in six of his last eight races, a huge feet for Guimond.
“Really happy about my skiing today! Strong skiing through out the first and most of second run. I was really tired in the final pitch but still managed to push through to the finish. I was aiming for the top step but still satisfied with the result. It was a really tight race today, leaving me nothing but more hungry to catch up on the next World Cup.”
The Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team is firing on all cylinders and head coach Jean-Sébastien Labrieis happy with the progress.
“We are pleased with the overall performances of the team. It’s been a good Euro tour and we are learning a lot in race series like this. Time to get a little rest and attack the rest of the season with the appropriate adjustments. Each trip we create a bond that makes our family on the road so special,” reflected Labrie.
The second run of the day was set by Canadian Coach Will Marshall who is happy with the approach the team has taken this season.
“We took a different approach with the return to snow for some athletes and gave them extra time to ensure their return was at the right time and this have proven to be successful. All the results are a testimony to some great planning and hard work put in by the whole CPAST family and we’re excited to be where we are at!”
Tomorrow’s slalom race will see a smaller contingent of Canadian racers.
Men’s Visually Impaired
Mac Marcoux (Tristan Rodgers) – 1st
Alexis Guimond - 3rd
Kurt Oatway – DSQ
Mollie Jepsen – 5th
Mel Pemble – 9th
Frédérique Turgeon – DNS
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