The 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Cup in Sestriere, Italy, finished this past weekend with races in Super-G and Super Combined rounding out the competition.
The Super-G event on 23 January had a total of 102 athletes from 19 different countries. Some athletes repeated their high level wins like in the Men’s Visually Impaired category with Canada’s Chris Williamson (B3) and guide Nick Brush taking first with their time of 1:23.67. Slovakia’s Jakub Krako (B2) with guide Juraj Medera came in second, and Spain’s Jon Santacana with guide Miguel Galindo came in third.
For the Men’s Super-G Sitting category, Japan’s Taiki Morii (LW11) took first with his time of 1:21.59. Morii was followed by USA’s Christopher Devlin-Young (LW12-1) and Germany’s Martin Braxenthaler (LW10-2). In the Men’s Standing category, familiar name Gerd Schoenfelder (LW5/7-2) from Germany took first with his time of 1:24.13. Coming in second and third were France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel (LW6/8-2) and Australia’s Toby Kane (LW2).
The Women’s Sitting category saw USA’s Laurie Stephens (LW12-1) take first with her time of 1:30.54. Stephens was followed by Austria’s Claudia Loesch (LW11) and USA’s Alana Nichols. In the Women’s Standing category, France’s Solene Jambaque beat Canada’s Lauren Woolstencroft to take first with a time of 1:29.73. USA’s Allison Jones came in third place.
A total of 128 athletes from 19 countries competed on 22 January in the Super Combined event with Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova (B3) and guide Natalia Subrtova taking first in the Women’s Visually Impaired category with a result of 2:32.07. Coming in second and third were Canada’s Viviane Forest (B2) with guide Lindsay Debou and USA’s Danelle Umstead with guide Robert Umstead respectively.
Lauren Woolstencroft (LW3-1) took first in the Women’s Standing category with her result of 2:22.29. Following Woolstencroft were USA’s Allison Jones (LW2) and France’s Marie Bochet (LW6/8-2). For the Sitting category, Austria’s Claudia Loesch (LW11) took first with a result of 2:32.94. Loesch was followed by USA’s Alana Nichols and Stephani Victor (LW12-2).
In the Men’s competition, Italy’s Gianmaria Dal Maistro (B3) with guide Tommaso Balasso took first in the Visually Impaired category. Coming in second and third positions were Slovakia’s Miroslav Haraus (B2) with guide Martin Makovnik and Jakub Krako with guide Juraj Medera respectively.
For the Men’s Standing category, Germany’s Gerd Schoenfelder again took a top position, followed by France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel and Lionel Brun (LW6/8-1). In the Sitting category, another German athlete, Martin Braxenthaler (LW10-2) took first with a result of 2:10.43. Braxenthaler was followed by Japan’s Akira Kano (LW11) and Canada’s Josh Dueck.
The 2010 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Sestriere, Italy, took place from 20-23 January. Skiers in Sestriere used the same slopes that were the field of play for the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.