PARA-ALPINE TEAM ADDS TO MEDAL HAUL, RAMSAY DEFENDS BRONZE TITLE AND GUIMOND PICKS UP HARDWARE
Yanqing Skiing Centre, CHN (March 5, 2022) -- It was an emotional day for Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB) as she left everything on The Rock and skied to defend her 2018 Paralympic super-G bronze medal reclaiming the title in Beijing.
“It means the world to me,” she said in the finish. “This is my first podium since my crash, and to repeat what I did four years ago means the world.”
As racers learned in this week’s training and yesterday’s downhill event, this course is technically challenging, with icy artificial snow amplifying the steep pitches and curves that add to the compressions. Ramsay was 7th in yesterday’s downhill competition. “I charged it today and I left my soul on the hill today,” she says.
Teammate Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) joined her on the third step today, claiming his first Paralympic medal in a speed event with the bronze. After finishing 4th in the Super G in 2018, Alexis had his sights set on podium performances at these Games, committing himself to doing all that it takes to earn a medal in this event, one of his favourites that combines high speeds and technical turns.
“It felt incredible,” says Guimond. “It’s been a long time coming and I’ve fallen short a lot of times in my career in the big moments. I’ve worked hard the last four years. My sole focus was on these Games, and I put everything into this performance, and I knew I had to put everything on the line. It was incredible, great skiing out there and I just wish our teammates Kurt (Oatway) and Fred (Turgeon) were here to celebrate with me, but I felt their support and everyone’s support. Thank you to everyone.”
“He’s the hardest working athlete, so deserving. This is the best,” says Kayla Dodson, Canadian team strength coach, after an emotional embrace in the finish area.
These medals add to the overall count of the #CANSkiTeam total, with 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze so far after two days of competition. The Games continue with the super combined event taking place Sunday March 6.
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