Yanqing Alpine Center, CHN (March 6, 2022) -- In an event that challenges skiers to master both technical and speed elements, Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB) picked up her second bronze medal of these 2022 Paralympic Games in the super combined event and defended her 2018 bronze.
“It’s really cool to be standing on the podium again today. It proves that all the hard work I’ve done the last three years have been worth it,” says Ramsay.
With her second bronze, this also makes Ramsay the first multi-medalist of these Games, which was a surprise to the young athlete. “I didn’t know that I was the first, I thought it would come from another discipline. To be the first of these Games is exciting, and I’m excited about how I skied today.”
Switching from the speed course, which is where all alpine events have been held thus far in the Games, to the technical course meant all racers had to adapt to a new pitch and run while completing the slalom half of the combined. With some tricky flats and steep incline changes, the Ice River is no less demanding than The Rock but in an entirely different way.
“The slalom pitch is awesome, and we’ll ski GS on this as well, so it was great to see the course,” Ramsay adds.
Teammate Logan Leach (Lumby, BC) is competing in his first Games with guide Julien Petit and is also the youngest member of Team Canada in Beijing. He placed 6th in today’s event.
“It was pretty fun,” says Leach of his run. “It’s great to be back on the slalom boards, especially switching from the speed skis. I can’t wait to race the GS; we’ve been training that quite a bit and after the slalom today I’m excited to do it again.”
The alpine team will continue in these Games with the technical events beginning with the men’s giant slalom on March 9, 2022.
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