Disabled ski team off to strong start 

At Europa Cup contest in Pitztal, Germany

By Andrew Mitchell

The Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team started its competitive season last weekend at a Europa Cup contest in Pitztal, Germany, where they faced the top racers from the World Cup.

If the results are any indication, Canada should bring a strong team to Torino in March.

On Friday, the Canadians earned two medals in the opening slalom event. Lauren Woolstencroft of Victoria won the silver medal in the Standing Skiers event, just 0.08 seconds back of the gold medal time.

Blind skier Chris Williamson of Toronto won gold by more than 1.5 seconds.

Of the Whistler skiers, Matthew Hallat was 16 th among the standing men and Brad Lennea 26 th in the sitting category.

In the giant slalom the next day Woolstencroft won the bronze medal. Kimberley Jones of Edmonton claimed silver in the women’s sit-ski category, and Williamson, along with guide Bobby Taylor, won gold once again.

The last event was a super G. Woolstencroft made it to the podium once again, adding a gold medal to her collection.

Williamson won a silver medal with his guide, giving the Canadians seven medals over the three days.

The team will be back in action this weekend in Austria at another Europa Cup event.

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