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Five days of Para Alpine Skiing World Cup action in La Molina come to an exciting end.

News date: 16-03-2019
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Saturday 16 March. La Molina was the stage of five days of adaptive alpine skiing with the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup, organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for racers with physical or visual impairments. The races, which took place at the Roc Blanc stadium in the resort, were separated into the Grand Slalom (GS) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and the Slalom (SL) on Friday and Saturday.

 

The event saw the participation of Spanish racers Úrsula Pueyo and Raquel Martínez (both of them in the Women's Standing category) and Óscar Espallargas (in the Men's Sitting category). Espallargas was the most successful of the Spanish contingent, finishing 5th and 7th in the Slalom event.

Pueyo, on the other hand, announced her retirement from the competition at the end of her races after a long career in IPC events and Paralympic Games, and pointed out that the Pyrenees and Barcelona are fully capable of hosting Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. In this regard, Xavier Perpinyà, director of La Molina, stated that the resort is fully adapted and accessible for skiers and snowboarders with visual or physical impairments and that the IPC competitions have been key to reaching that status. Perpinyà also highlighted that La Molina will continue to host elite sporting competitions, since "we are fully capable of hosting winter sports events in a potential 2030 Winter Olympics".

 

 

The best World Cup racers in La Molina

In the Men's Vision Impaired category, Marek Kubacka from Slovakia won two gold medals and a silver medal in the Grand Slalom (GS) category. Hyacinthe Deleplace from France also had an excellent weekend, winning a gold medal in the Grand Slalom and a silver and a bronze in the Slalom. His compatriot Miroslav Haraus also got on the podium in both events, winning a silver medal in the Grand Slalom and two gold medals in the Slalom.

 

There were two clear protagonists in the Men's Standing category: Arthur Bauchet (France), with two gold medals and a silver medal in the Grand Slalom and a gold medal in the Slalom; and Theo Gmur (Switzerland), winner of a gold medal and two silver medals in the Grand Slalom and a silver medal in the Slalom.

 

Japan's Taiki Morii finished on the podium four times in the Men's Sitting category, winning a gold, a silver and a bronze in the Grand Slalom and a silver in the Slalom. Jeroen Kampscheur from the Netherlands will also be going back home with plenty of medals, having won three golds (two in the Grand Slalom and one in the Slalom) and a bronze in the Grand Slalom. Norwegian racer Jesper Pedersen also had a fantastic weekend after winning a gold medal in the Slalom on Friday.

 

In the Women's Vision Impaired category, Australia's Melissa Perrine won two gold medals and a silver in the Grand Slalom and another silver in the Slalom, with Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick also taking home four medals: a gold and a silver in the Grand Slalom and a silver and a bronze in the Slalom. Veronika Aigner (Austria) also got on the podium, winning two gold medals in the Slalom and a silver in the Grand Slalom.

 

France's Marie Bochet completely dominated the Women's Standing category with five gold medals in total: three in the Grand Slalom and two in the Slalom.

 

Momoka Muraoka (Japan) was impossible to beat in the Women's Sitting category and won three gold medals in the Grand Slalom races. In the Slalom event, Anna-Lena Forster (Germany) dominated the picture with two gold medals.

 

For more information on the results and standings of the Para Alpine Skiing World Cup, visit:

https://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/rankings

 

 

 

Podiums for the second and last Slalom race (per categories) 

Women

 

Vision Impaired                                            Nationality                  Time

1.     Veronika Aigner                                 AUT                            1:54.46

2.     Melissa Perrine                                              AUS                            1:59.87

3.     Menna Fitzpatrick                              GBR                            2:08.16

Standing                                                       Nationality                  Time

1.     Marie Bouchet                                              FRA                            1:53.58

2.     Frederique Turgeon                           CAN                            2:00.19

3.     Alana Ramsay                                               CAN                            2:01.12

Sitting                                                            Nationality                  Time               

1.     Anna-Lena Forster                             GER                            1:57.27

2.     Momoka Muraoka                              JPN                             2:07.89

3.     Laurie Stephens                                USA                            2:12.04

 

 

Men

Vision Impaired                                            Nationality                  Time

1.     Miroslav Haraus                                 SVK                            1:50.92

2.     Thomas Civade                                             FRA                            1:51.64

3.     Hyacinthe Deleplace                         FRA                            1:55.31

Standing                                                        Nationality                  Time

1.     Martin Wuerlz                                    AUT                            1:48.96

2.     Thomas Walsh                                               USA                            1:49.01

3.     Aron Lindstroem                                SWE                           1:49.24

Sitting                                                           Nationality                  Time

1.     Jeroen Kampschreur                          NED                            1:49.65

2.     Markus Gfatterhofer                            AUT                            1:49.85

3.     Igor Sikorski                                        POL                            1:51.29

 

 

La Molina, an accessible ski resort

For a long time now, La Molina has been a clear example of what an accessible ski resort should be like, a space where people with visual or physical impairments can enjoy the snow and practice all kinds of sports in the outdoors.

 

An example of its commitment to adaptive sports is that it has been the host to many International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events in the past few years. In 2013 it hosted the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships and in 2015 it welcomed the Snowboard IPC World Championship and the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup. Two years later, in 2017, it was the stage for the IPC Para Snowboard World Cup. Therefore, it is quite clear that La Molina and elite winter sports competitions go hand in hand season after season.

 

More information: www.lamolina.cat

 

16 March 2019

Five days of Para Alpine Skiing World Cup action in La Molina come to an exciting end.
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