SOCHI, Russia, March 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian para-alpine athletes
competing in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games will leave Russia
with eight medals - half of Canada's overall medal haul.
Five athletes on the 14-person team won medals, including two gold.
Sit-skier Josh Dueck, of Kimberley, B.C. - Canada's flag bearer for the
closing ceremony - won gold in super-combined and silver in downhill.
Young gun visually impaired athlete Mac Marcoux, 16, of Sault Ste.
Marie, Ont. and guided by Mont-Trembalnt, Que.'s Robin Fémy, became
what is believed to be Canada's youngest-ever medal winner at a
Paralympic para-alpine event when he impressed with three medals: gold
in giant slalom, and bronze in both downhill and super-G.
Sit-skiers Caleb Brousseau, from Terrace, B.C., Kimberly Joines, of
Rossland, B.C., and visually impaired athlete Chris Williamson, from
Toronto, Ont., guided by Nick Brush, of Panorama, B.C., rounded out the
medal count with bronze medals in super-G, slalom, and slalom,
The team hoped to win eight medals, including one gold, in Sochi, so
with two gold medals in the bag they met and exceeded their goal.
"I'm really happy with the performance of the team here in Sochi," said
Brianne Law, athletic director of the para-alpine team. "We knew it was
going to take everything coming together to meet our goal here, and so
to exceed it is really rewarding."
The number of athletes who took home medals is indicative of a team with
a lot of depth, Law added.
"To me, the biggest thing is that five athletes represent those eight
medals, which shows that we have many athletes who are in contention
and in the hunt. Although we had a few disappointing days, overall I'm
really happy with the team's performance. Every day the athletes came
out ready to compete to win."
On the final day of competition, women's giant slalom, standing athlete
Erin Latimer of Etobicoke, Ont. was the top-placing Canadian, finishing
in ninth with a two-run combined time of two minutes, 56.13 seconds.
Also in the standing category, Calgary, Alta.'s Alexandra Starker was
10th (2:57.53), and Alana Ramsay, from Calgary, did not finish. Sit-skier
Kimberly Joines of Rossland, B.C., who led the field after the first
run, did not finish her second run.
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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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