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    • Canada’s Para-Nordic Athletes at the IPC World Cup in the USA

      February 24, 2012

      Canadian Para-Nordic athletes recently descended upon the IPC World Cup in Cable Wisconsin and Minneapolis Minnesota Jan 23rd to Feb 3rd, 2012. With 6 events over 8 days at two separate venues it was a packed schedule for the Canadian contingent.   

      Para-Nordic National Ski Team (PNST) members Mark Arendz, Colette Bourgonje and Chris Klebl were joined in the USA by eight development skiers from across the country – Yves Bourques - QC, Caroline Bisson - QC, Christy Campbell - ON, Louis Fortin - NB, Christine Gauthier - QC, Margarita Gorbounova - ON (with Guide Brian Berry), Erica Noonan - NFLD and PN Development Team member Sebastien Fortier - QC. Missing was PNST skier Brian McKeever (and guide Erik Carleton) as Brian had earned a spot on the CCC able-bodied development team taking part in some European Continental Cup races at the same time.

      The week’s racing was highlighted by PNST member Chris Klebl’s 4 medals (2 silver and 2 bronze) as he reached the podium in every event he entered and at one point skiing to a gutsy third place after losing significant time due to a broken binding.  Mark Arendz had a good week as well earning a bronze medal and a 4th place in two hotly contested Biathlon events.  Colette Bourgonje  just missed the podium with her best finish of the week making the finals in the Women’s Cross-Country sit-ski sprint race and finishing 4th.

      The development skiers were taking the opportunity to get in some world class international racing experience with the events being so close to home.  The group -  lead by  four dedicated volunteer coaches (Gary Fohr - ON, Mary Montgomery - MB, Pierre Pomerleau - QC and Francois Trudeau - QC) showed some real promise with five out of the eight athletes earning IPC World Cup points.  Highlights for the development group included Sebastien Fortier making significant improvements in his path towards eventual PNST selection and Margarita Gorbounova earning World Cup points in all five events she entered.

      For a complete set of result please go to http://www.ipc-nordicskiing.org/Calendar/

      Canada’s Para-Nordic team is looking forward to bringing home more medals this season when World Cup competition resumes in March 20th, 2012 with the IPC World Cup Finals in Vuokatti Finland.