US Team Wins Paralympics Gold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 19, 2012 2:06 pm

The US team dominated the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in Panorama, Canada on Friday taking home the team title with 4,657 points.  Two athletes won individual race trophies.

Second place went to France with 4,151 points and third to Russia with 4,087.  Athletes from both the French and Russian teams won the overall women’s and men’s titles. 

Trophies were also awarded in each of the following classification groups:

Women’s Visually Impaired: Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia)

Women’s Standing: Marie Bochet (France)

Women’s Sitting: Anna Schaffelhuber (Germany)

Men’s Visually Impaired: Valery Redkozubov (Russia)

Men’s Standing: Vincent Gauthier-Manuel (France)

Men’s Sitting: Taiki Morii (Japan)

Marie Bochet, standing skier, was the highest ranked woman and ended just 60 ahead of Henrieta Farkasova, the Visually Impaired skier from Slovakia.

Two Visually Impaired skiers led the men in individual points.  In first was Russian Valery Redkozubov ending with 1,155 and followed closely by Yon Santacana Maiztegui from Spain with 1,010.  It was a close race.

The last day of the finals was Slalom.  The women’s gold in the Visually Impaired category was awarded to Farkasova.  Bochet won the Slalom Standing trophy blowing away the competition beating her closest competitor by an impressive 205-point lead.

Alana Nichols took top position and one of the two individual medals won by the US team in the women’s Slalom Sitting.  Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber and Japan’s Tatsuko Aoki were second and third respectively.  The Slalom Sitting World Cup trophy went to Schaffelhuber.  She took an early lead this season and held on to the very end. 

Slalom Sitting went down strong on the men’s side of the event.  Thomas Nolte of Germany stole first with just 0.37 seconds in front of Japan’s Takeshi Suzuki.  They were neck-and-neck the entire way until Nolte pulled ahead just in time for the finish.  Taiki Morii took bronze.  The overall title went to a man from Austria, Philip Bonadimann.  He failed to finish his first run on Friday but managed to grab top honors. 

New Zealand native Adam Hall once again conquered the men’s Slalom Standing. Gauthier-Manuel and Switzerland’s Thomas Pfyl filled out the other two spots on the podium. 

The second individual trophy for the Americans went to Laurie Stephen’s.  She took top honors in the Giant Slalom in women’s Sitting competition.