Canada picked up its first two medals of the Para alpine world championships on Wednesday with podium finishes in each the ladies’s and males’s standing downhill races in Espot, Spain.
Frédérique Turgeon skied to bronze within the ladies’s standing downhill for her first medal since struggling a leg damage in a downhill coaching crash on the Beijing Paralympics final 12 months.
The 23-year-old from Candiac, Que., completed with a time of 56.64 seconds, whereas Germany’s Anna-Maria Rieder received gold (55.35) forward of France’s Aurélie Richard (56.27). It is Turgeon’s fourth world championship medal following her silver and two bronze medals in 2019.
“Today felt actually superior,” Turgeon mentioned in a press launch. “As a workforce we had been actually targeted on what we wanted to do to nail this course and to maintain the racing line. There had been some issues to wash up and do higher however I’m very proud of at present’s efficiency.”
“It feels actually good to be again on the rostrum, particularly within the downhill after the crash in Beijing. This is somewhat surreal.”
Turgeon completed fourth in Tuesday’s alpine mixed and fifth in Monday’s super-G.
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Fellow Canadian Alexis Guimond took dwelling bronze within the males’s standing downhill on Wednesday for his first-ever downhill medal at a significant occasion.
The 23-year-old from Gatineau, Que., was the primary man down the course, laying down a time of 51.07 that held up for third place.
Four-time Paralympic medallist Markus Salcher of Austria received gold (50.03), whereas Switzerland’s Robin Cuche completed forward of Guimond for silver in 50.11.
Guimond beforehand received a bronze medal within the large slalom on the 2018 Paralympics.
“Today was a great day general,” Guimond mentioned. “I believe the workforce actually pushed exhausting and we obtained some actually good outcomes. It’s nice to be again on the rostrum, particularly in downhill.”
“The technique at present was to maintain targeted and to do my greatest snowboarding.”
Calgary’s Kurt Oatway simply missed the rostrum with a fourth-place end within the males’s sitting downhill (51.24), whereas Brian Rowland of Merrickville, Ont., was thirteenth (56.70).
Seven-time Paralympic medallist Jesper Pedersen of Norway topped the lads’s sitting podium with a time of 49.62, ending forward of fellow Paralympic veteran Taiki Morii of Japan (50.52).
Jeroen Kampschreur of the Netherlands claimed bronze in 50.97.
The Para alpine world championships proceed by way of Sunday.