Canadians rack up medal haul in CAN-USA super-G double-header
Winter Park, Colorado (March 28, 2019) – The Canadian para-alpine crew racing at Nationals in Winter Park, Colorado, were treated to a super-G double-header Thursday, racing in both the Canadian and U.S. championship races.
Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, Que./Club de ski Mont-Tremblant) and Frédérique Turgeon (Candiac, Que./Club de ski Bromont) raced to double-gold, winning both the U.S. and Canadian super-G titles. The pair was also among those crowned as Canadian giant slalom champions on Wednesday.
Kurt Oatway (Calgary/Regina Alpine Race Team – Saskatchewan Alpine) and Alana Ramsay (Calgary/CADS Alberta) were silver-medallists in the Canadian super-G run on Thursday afternoon; Oatway won the U.S. title in the morning, while Ramsay collected bronze in that race.
Ontario’s Sarah Gillies earned her second silver medal of the week, racing to second in the American Nationals’ race in the morning. The Orangeville native was fourth in the Canadian super-G in the afternoon, and holds the Canadian bronze medal in giant slalom.
“I’m really grateful to be competing in a field of strong athletes who push me to work hard,” said Gillies, an up-and-coming racer from the Mansfield Ski Club. “So far, Nationals have been a great experience and I’m proud of my performance. I can’t wait for slalom.”
Competing in his last Canadian Para-Alpine Championships, Braydon Luscombe (Duncan, B.C./B.C. Para-Alpine) was also fourth in the Canadian super-G, but raced to bronze in the U.S. Nationals’ race. Luscombe cherishes the opportunity to close his career alongside his Canadian teammates.
“Nationals are always a fun time and a great environment to ski in,” said the two-time Paralympian. “It’s nice to change the pace a bit from the World Cup season and to come out here for my last races and really enjoy them and have fun around the team. There are lots of young up-and-comers here, so it’s neat to see the future (of our sport) out there pushing and having fun as well.”
NextGen racers Alex Cairns (Squamish, B.C./B.C. Adaptive Snowsports) and Mel Pemble (Victoria, B.C./B.C. Adaptive Snowsports) finished fifth and seventh respectively in the Canadian Championships’ super-G. For Cairns, the result matched his morning fifth-place finish in the U.S. event, while Pemble was fourth in the morning race.
The Canadian Para-Alpine Championships conclude on Saturday with the slalom.
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