COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. - Canadians Mac Marcoux and Kimberly Joines continued their winning ways on Saturday at the International Paralympic Committee alpine skiing World Cup, where they have racked up two podiums each in two days of giant slalom and slalom racing.
Marcoux, who skis in the visually impaired category and is guided by his older brother, BJ Marcoux, won his second career IPC World Cup on Friday when the pair took gold in men's giant slalom, winning by more than seven seconds. The siblings were back on the podium again Saturday, earning second in slalom. Joines was third in giant slalom — her second World Cup giant slalom bronze in a week — and second in slalom thanks to two hard-charging runs.
"It was pretty exciting," said Marcoux of his giant slalom victory. "The very first thing I thought of when I got to the bottom was that it was my first World Cup win with BJ guiding me. It feels like a step ahead; good, and kind of special."
Mac Marcoux racked up the first World Cup win of his career in August in New Zealand, but BJ Marcoux was sidelined due to injury, so this is the first victory that the brothers, from Sault Ste-Marie, Ont., have earned together. Their two-run combined time of one minute, 52.89 seconds dominated the men's visually impaired category. Italy's Alessandro Daldoss was second in 2:00:22, and Ivan Frantsev, of Russia, was third (2:01.34).
"We came down after the first run, and it didn't feel great, but I think we held it together well and had fewer mistakes than lots of other people," Mac Marcoux said. "In the second run we went for it and tried to stay on top. It played out well."
The duo continued to push in Saturday's slalom, and their decision to "really go for it" paid off with a second-place finish in a two-run combined time of 1:19.14. Russia's Valerii Redkozubov was first (1:18.60) and Frantsev was third (1:25.22).
"First run we came out of the start as hard as we could, and when we came down we were second by around one-tenth of a second," Mac Marcoux said. "In the second run we had a couple of little bobbles on the course because it was getting a little rough, so we got thrown around a little bit, but we held it together and came out second. I am pretty stoked."
Sit-skier Joines, from Rossland, B.C., who has more than 40 World Cup podiums to her name, claimed two more. The veteran said the results validate her decision to focus on slalom and giant slalom events this season.
"These latest results feel really good. I've been training hard and focusing all of my efforts on these two events," Joines said. "In making that decision to specialize, I knew I'd have to produce consistently in (slalom and giant slalom) to make it worthwhile dropping some other events that I was also good at. So results like these are rewarding and help confirm that I made the right decision."
Following a third place in giant slalom on Friday, Joines kicked into an even higher gear on Saturday to take second place in slalom.
"Today I charged really hard both runs," said Joines, who clocked a two-run combined time of 1:28.24. "It was probably some of the most speed I've ever carried in a slalom course, with how open the course was set and how much I was charging. I feel pretty happy with that."
Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber won in 1:25.01, and Anna-Lena Forster, also of Germany, was third (1:33.80).
In Friday's giant slalom, sit-skier Caleb Brousseau of Terrace, B.C. was ninth, Josh Dueck of Kimberley, B.C., finished 13th, and prospect athlete Kurt Oatway, from Calgary, did not finish. Standing skier Matt Hallat of Coquitlam, B.C., was eighth, Kirk Schornstein, from Spruce Grove, Alta., finished 16th, and Baydon Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., did not finish. In the women's standing category, prospect athlete Toronto's Erin Latimer was ninth, and Calgary's Alexandra Starker was 10th.
In Saturday's slalom, sit-skiers Brousseau and Oatway were ninth and 10th, respectively. Schornstein was eighth in the men's standing category, and Starker and Latimer were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the women's standing category. Luscombe and Hallat did not finish, and Dueck did not start due to illness.