Two Debut Wins for Canadians in Alpine World Cup

Canada was the most successful nation at the alpine skiing world cup event at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia on Wednesday. Alexis Guimond and Alana Ramsay were the winners for Canada in two impressive performances in the giant slalom runs.

Guimond dominated the men’s standing as he had the fastest time with ease as he went on and was able to claim his first World Cup title. Guimond led Austian Christoph Benhard Schneider and Australian Mitchell Gourley.

Ramsay was also able to win her first World Cup title in the women’s standing, after gradually improving over recent years, and led a Canadian one-two. Erin Latimer was second to complete the strong run for Canada, while there was a podium debut got 16 year old German Anna-Maria Reider third in just her second World Cup appearance.

Giacomo Bertagnolli (guide: Fabrizio Casal) continued his strong form heading in to the world championship as he claimed a win in the men’s visually impaired. Slovakia managed the two other places on the podium as Marek Kubacka (guide: Maria Zatovicova) and Jakub Krako (guide: Branislav Brozman) finished second and third.

Slovakia claimed a win in the women’s visually impaired as Henrieta Farkasova (guide: Natalia Subrtova) had the fastest time in both runs. American Staci Mannella (guide: Sadie de Baun) finished in second place with Korean Jae Rim Yang (guide: Un So Ri Ko) finishing third.

The women’s sitting saw the great rivalry between Anna Schaffelhuber and Claudie Loesch continue, with Schaffelhuber coming out the winner. Schaffelhuber had the two fastest winners, pushing Loesch to second with Anna-Lena Forster in third place.

In the men’s sitting, Tyler Walker of the United States claimed the victory, edging ahead of Japanese skier Taiki Morii. The current World Cup leader Roman Rabl of Austria finished was forced to settle for third, but did enough to maintain his World Cup lead.

 

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