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Successful IPC Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships
The IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Alpine Skiing World Championships took place from 19th to 27th February in La Molina, Spain. Over eight days, 120 athletes from 28 countries competed in 30 medal events in a show of athleticism, strength and talent. For the second successive Championships France topped the medals table with 12 medals, followed closely by the teams from Austria and Russia with 11 medals respectively.
Amongst the top performers in La Molina was France’s Marie Bochet, who was victorious in all five individual events she competed in. A number of skiers also won three gold medals including Spain’s Jon Santacana (guide Miguel Galindo Garces), Russia’s Alexandra Frantseva (guide Pavel Zabotin), Austria’s Claudia Loesch and Japan’s Taiki Morii.
Among the shining stars was also Austria’s Matthias Lanzinger. Just two years after making his international debut in para-Alpine Skiing, he was crowned World Champion in the super combined event. The 32-year-old skiing talent had suffered a double-leg fracture at a FIS World Cup event in 2008 that led to the amputation of his left leg.
Overall, the championships were extremely successful for medal winners and non-winners alike. They provided a vital opportunity of all the athletes to continue training and gain international competition experience ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
During the closing ceremony it was announced that the Panorama resort in Invermere, Canada, will host the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
Simultaneously to the Alpine competitions, the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships took place from 25th February until 5th March 2013 in Solleftea, Sweden. Around 150 athletes from 15 countries participated in the final title event ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. These are the third edition for Nordic Skiing with previous Championships having taken place in 2011 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, and in 2009 in Vuokatti, Finland.
The Solleftea events highlighted the talent, determination, strength, and athleticism of the participating athletes. Among some of the best athletes to take home medals were Russia’s Roman Petushkov and Mikhalina Lysova, Canada’s Brian Keever, Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kononova, and Japan’s Kozo Kubo.
Overall, Russia was the dominant force of the Nordic Championships, winning a total of 56 medals, 22 of which were gold. Ukraine placed second in the medal tally with seven gold, 11 silver, and nine bronze medals, followed by Germany with three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.
For more information visit: http://www.paralympic.org/Events