This article was originally published on the Alpine Canada website.
Canada’s Kimberly Joines conquered todays Women’s Slalom (Sitting) in spite of an injured shoulder and poor snow conditions, capturing 2nd place at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup.
Joines a sit-skier from Rossland, BC skied with determination, looking for a strong podium finish to conclude the World Cup weekend. Joines who was sitting in 1st place after the first run, ended up in 2nd place just +1.34 from first, bringing Canada’s total podium results to five, to conclude the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina.
“Overall my skiing was quite good. It was a pretty rough course and I think some of my competitors may have experienced that today, but that is the type of course we raced,” Joines shared. “The conditions favoured my style of skiing, as I have the strength to muscle through it and stay on track. I am very happy with my performance.”
Claudia Loesch of Austria took 1st place in the Women’s Slalom (Sitting), while Kimberly Joines of Canada placed 2nd (1:35.74) and Laurie Stephens of USA placed 3rd (1:35.93).
Five other skiers represented Canada on Sunday. Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste-Marie, ON who is guided by brother BJ Marcoux did not finish the 1st run of the Men’s Slalom (Visually Impaired). Marcoux, did however, claim one silver and two bronze medals earlier this weekend. In the Men’s Slalom (Standing) Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, AB finished 9th (1:23.76), Matt Hallat of Coquitlam, BC and Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, BC did not finish the 1st run. In the Men’s Slalom (Sitting) Kurt Oatway of Calgary, AB did not finish the 2nd run.
Sunday marked the conclusion of the four day IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Spain. Due to the extreme mild conditions facing Europe, the two scheduled Giant Slalom races were cancelled and replaced with two additional Slalom races.
“We had some good moments, we had some great moments and some disappointing moments this week in La Molina,” said Brianne Law, the Athletic Director of Canada’s para alpine team. “Overall, really good things came out of this week, which we can learn from and continue to improve on. Our focus is set on March and skiing our best there. I am confident with our performance from this weekend – we are on track!”
La Molina, ESP Slalom #4 (Canadian para-alpine team results):
Men: Kirk Schornstein (Standing) finished 9th (1:23.76), Mac Marcoux (Visually Impaired) DNF’d 1st run, Matt Hallat (Standing) DNF’d 1st run, Braydon Luscombe (Standing) DNF’d 1st run, Kurt Oatway (Sitting) DNF’d 2nd run
Women: Kim Joines (Sitting) finished 2nd (1:35.74)
The Canadian para-alpine ski team will head back to Canada for a short break until their return to Europe to compete in the next IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in 10 days.