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Paralympic sports - 14. January 2008.

CANADA FINDS MORE SUCCESS AT PARA-ALPINE WORLD CUP IN ABTENAU, AUT


ABTENAU, AUT (January 9th, 2008) – It was great day for Canadian para-alpine skiers at the super G and super combined races were held at the IPC World Cup in Abtenau, Austria
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Lauren Woolstencroft (Calgary, AB / North Vancouver, BC), and Kimberly Joines (Edmonton, AB) won a total of four gold medals, each winning their super G and super combined events.

Woolstencroft, skiing in the Ladies standing skier category, finished the super G in one minute 14.35, just 0.05 ahead of second place. She won the super combined, which combined her super G time with a slalom run later in the day, in a two-run time of 1:59.66.

“The conditions we saw today were similar to the ones we trained in the summer, but it was still icy and I found very slippery,” said Woolstencroft, multiple Paralympic Winter Games medalist and defending overall World Cup overall champion.

“It is exciting when it is really close. It’s nice to know someone is breathing down my neck and I can still come out ahead,” she added

In the Ladies sitting skier division, Joines won the super G in a time of 1:17.16 and followed that with a super combined victory in a two-run combined time of 2:11.25.

“I always love Super G but it was really awesome to increase my lead so much in the slalom following it,” said Joines, who won the SC by over 12 seconds after taking the SG by just over four seconds.

“The slalom was nice and open, and despite the fact it was a lot icier I trusted my ski technician and the ski gripped really nicely,” Joines added.

Visually-impaired skier Williamson and guide Brush were winners in the super G in 1:05.11 and their two-run super combined time was 1:43.75.

“The super G went well. I love the snow conditions we had. We had a really good inspection and knew where the line was to make the fastest time,” said Williamson. “My closest competitors are usually lots closer to me. Maybe it’s just an off week for Europeans all around. I know they can come out and beat me any time, so I always have to be on my game and always attacking.”

“Most of the year, we have been training on hard snow and the course was a good course for us. We just nailed both runs,” added guide Brush, who is still undefeated in World Cup ski racing action.

Carly Grigg (Victoria, BC), a visually-impaired skier, and guide Julie-Christine Roy-Ruel (Lachenaie, QC) took home bronze medals in both the super G and the super combined.

A total of nine athletes and two guides are representing Canada at the Para-alpine World Cup event in the Austrian valley. The team, led by head coach Jean-Sébastien Labrie, has won 11 World Cup podiums to date including eight gold medals, which is more than any other nation.

Para-alpine ski racing has three official categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired with ski racers competing in five disciplines: downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined.


The IPC World Cup event in Abtenau, AUT continues tomorrow with another super combined race.

ABTENAU, AUT – JAN. 9TH, 2008 – SG – LADIES

Visually Impared Skiers female

1 GASTEIGER Sabine B 3 AUT 1:18.67

Guide: GASTEIGER Emil

2 DE TROYER Natasha B 2 BEL 1:34.59

Guide: VANDEVOORDE Diego

3 GRIGG Carly B 2 CAN 1:39.36

Guide: Roy-Ruel Julie-Christine

Sitting Skiers female

1 JOINES Kimberly LW 12-1 CAN 1:17.16

2 LOESCH Claudia LW 11 AUT 1:21.76

3 STEPHENS Laurie LW 12-1 USA 1:27.44

Standing Skiers female

1 WOOLSTENCROFT Lauren LW 3-1 CAN 1:14.35

2 ROTHFUSS Andrea LW 6/8-2 GER 1:14.40

3 CORRADINI Melania LW 6/8-1 ITA 1:18.27

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8 FOGARTY Arly LW 5/7-2 CAN 1:21.36

10 DZIEWIOR Andrea LW 2 CAN 1:32.38

 

For complete results, SG: http://www.paralympic.org/release/Winter_Sports/Alpine_Skiing/Results/worldcup_archive/080109-IPCAS-WC-AUT-Abtenau-resultList-SG1.pdf

ABTENAU, AUT – JAN. 9TH, 2008 – SC – LADIES / MEN

Visually Impared Skiers female

1 GASTEIGER Sabine B 3 AUT 1:18.67 51,20 2:09.87

Guide: GASTEIGER Emil

2 DE TROYER Natasha B 2 BEL 1:34.59 54,68 2:29.27

Guide: VANDEVOORDE Diego

3 GRIGG Carly B 2 CAN 1:39.36 53,60 2:32.96

Guide: Roy-Ruel Julie-Christine

Standing Skiers female

1 WOOLSTENCROFT Laure LW 3-1 CAN 1:14.35 45,31 1:59.66

2 ROTHFUSS Andrea LW 6/8-2 GER 1:14.40 45,55 1:59.95

3 CORRADINI Melania LW 6/8-1 ITA 1:18.27 48,29 2:06.56

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8 FOGARTY Arly LW 5/7-2 CAN 1:21.36 53,28 2:14.64

Sitting Skiers female

1 JOINES Kimberly LW 12-1 CAN 1:17.16 54,09 2:11.25

2 LOESCH Claudia LW 11 AUT 1:21.76 1:01.45 2:23.21

3 STEPHENS Laurie LW 12-1 USA 1:27.44 1:02.32 2:29.76

For complete results, SC:

http://www.paralympic.org/release/Winter_Sports/Alpine_Skiing/Results/worldcup_archive/080109-IPCAS-WC-AUT-Abtenau-ResultList-SC1.pdf

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