Para-Alpine team finds success in first stop on World Cup tour, collecting eight medals
Steinach am Brenner, AUT (December 10, 2021) - The first World Cup stop on the circuit in Steinach am Brenner, AUT has come to a close, and the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team shows no signs of slowing down.
After almost two years without international competition, the team came back with a vengeance, collecting eight medals over two races (originally scheduled for three, but one was cancelled due to weather) including three silver and five bronze in the giant slalom and super-G events.
In her World Cup debut, sit-skier Katie Combaluzier hit the podium in third place on December 10 in the GS races.
“This is my first year racing, so the World Cup circuit is definitely an intimidating environment but it’s been fun so far and I’m excited to learn and improve,” says Katie. “There are some really talented sitting girls, so I’ve got a way to go before I’ll really be able to challenge them but placing third today in tough conditions in my first World Cup GS race is definitely something to be proud of.”
Challenging conditions included strong winds, fog and blowing snow, but this didn’t stop teammates Mollie Jepsen and Alexis Guimond from collecting their silver hardware.
“I’m really happy the way I skied today,” says Alexis. “The conditions weren’t easy and I got rattled. It was a battle all the way, so I’m really happy with my approach and I made two good runs.”
“As a team, we showed up ready and got back to business really quick which was so amazing,” adds Mollie. “I am looking forward to continuing to build on this for the rest of the season and into the Games.”
Next up for the CPAST team is St. Moritz, SUI December 17-21, 2021, before a brief holiday break heading into the new year.
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