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Marcoux brothers win Canada's 1st gold at IPC worlds

03/04/2015 09:59 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT
Brothers Mac and BJ Marcoux have been building towards this occasion for the past three years. Competing in the visually impaired downhill race at the IPC World Championships in Panorama, BC, 17-year-old Mac, guided by older brother BJ, reached the top of the podium for the first time Wednesday, with a brilliant run. 

The duo shaved a whopping four seconds off their training run time to claim Canada’s first gold at the 2015 IPC World Championship in Panorama, BC on a day when five other skiers represented Canada.

“It’s been a good day,” expressed Mac Marcoux. “Experiencing this with BJ is awesome. Today is the first win above the Nor-Am level with BJ and it’s the World Championships! The downhill is now complete and such a great result has lifted a little weight off our shoulders, building our confidence leading into tomorrow’s race.”

It was something that appeared imminent after Mac's three-medal performance just about a year ago in Sochi at the 2014 Paralympics. Mac Marcoux continued to build upon that dream international debut by landing on the podium eight times thus far during the 2014/15 season. His five World Cup first place finishes, one second and a pair of thirds secured the coveted Crystal Globe as the Overall World Cup champion.

Marcoux had incredible speed and technique, claiming 1st place in a time of 1:29.68. Mark Bathum from the United States of America was +2.21 seconds off the pace of Marcoux, finishing in 2nd and Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia finished 3rd  (1:32.89).

The other five other skiers representing Canada secured top 10 results. In the men’s downhill (Standing) Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, AB finished 7th (1:34.31) and BraydonLuscombe of Duncan, BC finished 9th (1:34.94).

Kurt Oatway of Calgary, AB was gaining speed as he entered the second interval (in 7th place) and caught an edge, however with some ‘cat-like’ reflexes, he was able to recover and finished 10th in the men’s downhill (Sitting).

Erin Latimer, of Toronto ON and Alana Ramsay, Calgary AB of both raced in the women’s downhill (Standing). Latimer finished 6th (1:46.14) and Ramsay finished 7th with a time of 1:50.82.

The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship continue Thursday at Panorama Mountain Resort with the Super-G starting at 11:00 a.m. . All races will be streamed live on www.cbc.ca/sports/skiing .

The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Live streaming schedule can be found at www.cbcsports.ca

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