It’s an epic day for the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team as the men secure a podium-finish in all-three categories (sitting, standing and visually impaired). The Canadians dominated the first race of a speed series this season in Tignes, France.
World Champion, Mac Marcoux from Sault-Ste. Marie, Ontario, won his first World Cup since capturing gold at Panorama for the World Championships in 2015. The Marcoux’s, who ski in the visually impaired category, have struggled to put two runs together so far this season in tech events, but the streak has snapped and the boys are back up on the podium.
Mac told Saultsports after the win that “today was pretty great ! We have been struggling with finishing the last few races.. A combination of lack of training this season and minor technical errors and some bad luck made re last few races tough. These races in Tignes have brought up confidence coming in to the next couple speed races and we are excited for the rest of the week.”
BJ told Saultsports that “It was a really good feeling to achieve a gold medal today! We have had a rough start to the season this year with having not alot of training cause mac was focusing on school but we are pushing as hard as we can and we are satisfied with our skiing and this is hopefully the start to a turn around for us this season! Just have to thank everyone for all the support and we are very greatful to have everyone behind us motivating us and pushing us everyday!! Today was a downhill race!!”
Sit-skier, Kurt Oatway, from Calgary, Alta., is back on the podium for the second time this season, capturing his first World Cup speed victory. It was a tight finish for this group of podium finishers with the top three ending within in 0.40 seconds of each other.
“It feels good to land on the podium again. Training has been going well and help from expert coaches and a skilled technician has helped me make some huge gains this season,” said Oatway of what goes into a podium-finish. “I’m feeling good going into tomorrow!”
Duncan, B.C.’s Braydon Luscombe clinched his first ever World Cup podium today, finishing in third-place in the standing category. “Everything fell into place for this run!” said Luscombe. “I’m looking forward to our second downhill tomorrow as there are still sections I can clean up.”
This was the first time since 2002 Canada has secured a podium in all three categories on the men’s side. The teams are at it again tomorrow for a back-to-back downhill event.
Men’s Downhill Visually Impaired
1st – Mac Marcoux (Guide: BJ Marcoux)
Source: Alpine Canada