The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team put an exclamation mark on its last World Cup performance prior to the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, raking in 15 medals – including nine first-place finishes – at the World Para-Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in Kimberley, British Columbia.
The finals featured two downhill races on Saturday, February 10th and two super-G races on Sunday, February 11th.
Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB) led the charge for the team, dominating the men’s speed events to win four back-to-back first-place finishes. The golden results earned the duo the title of overall men’s IPC Crystal Globe Champions for the 2017-18 season, as well as individual Crystal Globes in downhill and super-G. The haul adds to Marcoux’s growing collection of Crystal Globes – he was downhill champion in 2016 and 2017, and super-G champion in 2016.
“Honestly, I don’t think we could be any more excited coming out of this race series with four wins,” said 20-year-old Marcoux, who was at times more than four seconds ahead of the rest of the field. “It brings a lot of confidence heading into PyeongChang. I think we still have another gear in the tank, and we’re just excited to get to South Korea and race.”
Marcoux and Leitch weren’t the only ones to hoist a Crystal Globe this series; up-and-comer Mollie Jepsen (Vancouver, BC) reached the women’s World Cup podium for the first time in her career not once, not twice, but three times this weekend. In super-G the 18-year-old battled falling snow and flat light to log her first World Cup win, and also had two second-place finishes: one in downhill and one in super-G. Her super-G performance guaranteed her the title of women’s IPC Crystal Globe Super-G Champion for the 2017-18 season.
“Speed events are definitely my strong suit at the moment, so I’m really happy I was able to put some runs together here,” Jepsen said following her win. “I’ve had a bit of a tough few seasons with injuries, so it’s so great to have this boost right now. It’s perfect timing.”
Source: Alpine Canada