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Paralympic sports - 18. March 2009.

Mt. Washington Wraps Up Nordic Skiing World Cup

Bonn, Germany – After powerful performances, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Cup Finals finished its run on the slopes of Mt. Washington, Canada. The competition was the final series of World Cup races, taking place from 11-14 March, with athletes from 19 different nations at the Canadian venue in Comox Valley.

Mt. Washington Wraps Up Nordic Skiing World Cup
photo Tim Penney Photography
 

As the event in Mt. Washington completes the World Cup series, final rankings were subsequently calculated, additionally encompassing the 2009 Paralympic Winter World Cup in Solleftea, Sweden, and the 2009 IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in Whistler, Canada.
 
Finishing atop the list in the Women’s Sitting Cross-Country Skiing category was Liudmila Vauchok from Belarus with a total of 580 points. Following Vauchok were Monica Bascio from USA and Olena Iurkovska from Ukraine. In the Men’s Sitting category, Irek Zaripov from Russia finished first with a total of 380 points, followed by Dzmitry Loban from Belarus, and Roman Petushkov from Russia.
 
In the Women’s Standing Cross-Country Skiing category, Anna Burmistrova from Russia finished first with 340 points, followed by Larisa Varona from Belarus and Katarzyna Rogowiec from Poland.
 
In the Women’s Visually Impaired Cross-Country Skiing category, Yadviha Skorabahataya with guide Vasili Haurukovich from Belarus finished first with 410 points. Coming in second and third were Tatiana Ilyuchenko with guide Valery Koshkin from Russia and Robbi Weldon with guide Brian Berry from Canada.

In the Women’s Sitting Biathlon race, Olena Iurkovska from Ukraine was at the top of the list with 340 points, followed by Irina Polyakova from Russia and Lyudmyla Pavlenko from Ukraine.
 
The Women’s Biathlon Standing category saw Oleksandra Kononova from Ukraine take first with 400 points, followed by Shoko Ota from Japan with 365 points, and Pamela Novaglio from Italy with 273 points.

Yadviha Skorabahataya and guide Vasili Haurukovich from Belarus once again took first position in the Women’s Biathlon Visually Impaired category with 386 points. She was followed by Russia’s Tatiana Ilyuchenko with guide Valery Koshkin and Liubov Vasileva with guide Viacheslav Goldinov.
 
For complete results and for more information about the World Cup Finals, please visit http://www.mountwashingtonworldcup.com.

The complete World Cup Rankings can be found at www.paralympic.org -> Winter Sport  -> Nordic Skiing.
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