Twelve para-alpine ski racers will kick out of the start gate for Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Alpine Canada Alpin announced on Friday.
Seven men and five women have been formally nominated for selection to compete in South Korea as part of the Canadian Paralympic Team. The dozen para-alpine athletes represent a high-powered combination of World Championship, World Cup, and Paralympic medallists, as well as up-and-comers vying for experience at their first Winter Games.
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Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) raced to a gold in the giant slalom and bronze in both downhill and super-G at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at just 16 years old.
Marcoux and his current guide, Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB), began skiing together in 2016 and have found huge success on the para-alpine circuit. Together they swept the 2017 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in downhill, super-G, slalom and giant slalom. After winning multiple World Cup podiums, the duo wrapped the 2017-18 World Cup season ranked the top overall male para-alpine athletes. They head to PyeongChang as heavy medal favourites.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honoured to be representing Canada at my second Paralympic Winter Games,” said 20-year-old Marcoux. “Right now I’m focused on taking advantage of our final few weeks of training before heading to South Korea. Going into the Games, Jack and I are going to try to enter each day with clear heads and just ski the best we can.”
The 12 para-alpine athletes have been nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee, who will announce the complete Canadian Paralympic Team heading to PyeongChang on February 26.