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Biathlon Short Distance – Prize Giving Ceremony, IPC Nordic Skiing 2013

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There was joy for the home crowd on the first day of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina on Wednesday (20 February) when Spain’s Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo Garces stormed to gold in the men’s downhill for visually impaired athletes. Santacana, the Paralympic champion in the discipline, led home a strong field to win Spain’s first gold of the Championships in 1:25.14. There was a surprise silver for Italy’s Alessandro Daldoss and his guide Davide Riva (1:26.80), whilst bronze was won by Canada’s Torino 2006 Paralympic silver medallist Chris Williamson and guide Robin Femy (1:27.77) who were fastest in yesterday’s final training run. On a stunningly beautiful day in the Pyrenees, Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkisova showed why she will start as favourite for downhill gold at next year’s Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi after storming to her second successive world title in the first event on the day – the women’s downhill visually impaired. The 26 year old, together with guide Natalia Subrtova, took gold in 1:33.11. Silver went to Russia’s Alexandra Frantseva (guide Pavel Zabotin) in 1:34.63, whilst bronze was won by Great Britain’s Kelly Gallagher (guide Charlotte Evans) in 1:38.86. In the women’s standing event, France’s took gold and bronze through Marie Bochet and Solene Jambaque respectively. Bochet, a silver medallist in this discipline at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy, took gold in 1:35.62 whilst Jambaque took bronze for the second successive World Championships in 1:38.52. Germany’s 23 year old defending champion Andrea Rothfuss managed silver in 1:37.23. Austria’s Claudia Loesch, 24, who leads the world rankings and was favourite for gold in the women’s sitting, fell on her run and finished outside of the medals. Gold went to Torino 2006 Paralympic downhill champion Laurie Stephens of the USA in 1:41.07 whilst silver was taken by Canada’s Kimberley Joines (1:41.37). Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber claimed bronze in 1:44.17. The men’s standing was won by Austria’s 21 year old skier Markus Salcher who currently leads the IPC Alpine Skiing downhill world rankings. His time of 1:29.74 placed him ahead of Switzerland’s Michael Bruegger who took silver in 1:32.51. Bronze was won by Austria’s Matthias Lanzinger (1:33.80) who only made his debut in para-alpine skiing competition in 2011 following a terrible accident in FIS competition in March 2008 which saw his lower leg amputated. The final event of the day was a thriller with the medal positions changing throughout the men’s sitting. Stephen Lawler looked on course to take USA’s second gold of the day (1:32.58) until Germany’s Franz Hanfstingl, one of the final runners of the day, came out of nowhere to take gold in a time of 1:31.92. Lawler had to settle for silver whilst France’s Yohann Taberlet (1:32.77) took bronze. The 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain will run through to 27 February and on Thursday (21 February) will feature Super-G events. Nearly 120 skiers from 28 will compete in the event which is the last major international Championships ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. For more information on the event including live results, please visit: www.ipcalpineskiingworlds.org.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org.

To watch videos on demand from Paralympic Games and to subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on
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women’s visually impaired
Viviane Forest Guide: Lindsay Debou Canada (CAN)
Henrieta Farkasova Guide: Natalia Subrtova Slovakia (SVK) 1
Danelle Umstead Guide: Rob Umstead United States (USA)

20:40 women’s sitting
Alana Nichols United States (USA)
Laurie Stephens United States (USA)
Claudia Lösch Austria (AUT)

1:01:20 women’s standing
Lauren Woolstencroft Canada (CAN)
Solene Jambaque France (FRA)
Andrea Rothfuß Germany (GER)

1:50:19 Men’s visually impaired

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org.

To watch videos on demand from Paralympic Games and to subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on
Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org.

To watch videos on demand from Paralympic Games and to subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on
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Russian athletes showed they will be the ones to beat at next year’s
Paralympic Winter Games winning half of the medals on the first day of
competition at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in Sochi, Russia.

Taking place at “Laura”, the Cross-country and Biathlon Centre which is
located on the crest of the Psekhako Ridge to the northwest of the Rosa
Khutor Alpine Resort, Russian athletes won nine out of the 18 medals
available in Sunday’s six cross-country sprint events.

Under heavy fog, which made visibility difficult for athletes and
spectators, the first event of the day was the men’s sit-ski race over
0.8km. Despite four of the six finalists representing Russia, the home
athletes did not have it their own way. In a thrilling sprint, the race
was won by Ukraine’s 23 year old Maksym Yarovyi (1:48.9), silver went
to Russia’s world bronze medallist Gregory Murygin (2:19.5), whilst
bronze was won by Norway’s Trygve Steinar Larsen (2:23.9).

Germany’s Andrea Eskau (2:44.7), a winner of the middle and long
distance cross-country world titles at the recent World Championships
in Solleftea was the winner of the women’s sit-ski sprint. She finished
ahead of Norway’s world sprint bronze medallist Mariann Marthinsen
(2:53.4) in silver and Italy’s Paralympic cross-country sprint champion
from 2010, Francesca Porcellato (2:45.3) in bronze.

Brian McKeever of Canada showed he will be reluctant to give up the
Paralympic cross-country sprint title he won in Vancouver in 2010, by
winning the men’s visually impaired class over 1.5km together with his
guide Erik Carleton (3:55.3). Russia took the other medals thanks to
Stanislav Chokhlaev and guide Maxim Pirogov (4:01.5) who finished
second ahead of Aleksei Toropov and guide Evgenii Fatkhullin (4:05.6)
in third.

After not winning gold in the first three races, Russian athletes more
than made up for it in the women’s visually impaired class, taking home
all three medals.

It was fitting that the winner of Russia’s first gold in the Sochi test
event was 20 year old Mikhalina Lysova who won five world titles
earlier this month. She and her guide Alexey Ivanov finished in 4:16.8,
ahead of teammate Elena Remizova and her guide Natalia Yakimova
(4:19.8) in silver. Bronze went to Iuliia Budaleeva and guide Tatyana
Maltseva (4:26.6) ensuring a repeat of the podium places from Solleftea.

Russia struck gold and silver again in the very next race, this time in
the men’s standing. Gold went to Kirill Mikhaylov (3:56.20) whilst
silver went to world bronze medallist Rushan Minnegulov (3:57.6).
Bronze was won by Norway’s 22 year old Vegard Dahle (3:58.0), a two
time world silver medallist in the event.

The final event of the day was the women’s standing and saw Russia
finish with a hat-trick of gold medals. Top of the podium was Anna
Milenina (4:37.3) who finished ahead of the Ukrainian Iuliia Batenkova
(4:51.2) and Japan’s Shoko Ota (4:54.9) in silver and bronze
respectively.

Live coverage of each medal event can be found at
www.ParalympicSport.TV Monday’s (18 March) event will be cross-country
long distance, the event that should have taken place on Saturday but
was cancelled due to strong winds. Competition and live coverage will
start at 08:00 CET

Regular updates can also be found at www.twitter.com/IPCNordic and
www.facebook.com/IPCNordicSkiing

Daily reports of all the action will also be published at
www.ipc-nordicskiing.org

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will take place between 7-16 March and
are set to feature 700 athletes from 45 countries. They will compete in
five sports — alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge
hockey and wheelchair curling. Para- snowboard will make its Games
debut as part of the alpine skiing programme.