Giant slalom snowboard racers showed some unique style at the Canyon Ski Resort during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

A days of highs and lows in snowboard giant slalom at 2019 Canada Winter Games

Team Alberta is shut out, an Ontario snowboarder is injured, but Team Quebec wins two gold medals

Team Alberta was left on the sidelines in a spray of snow as Quebec and Ontario swept the snowboard giant slalom races at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Tuesday was a day of highs and lows at Canyon Ski Resort.

Alberta’s best-ranked snowboarders, Rori Wulff and Kayci Deitsch, never made it past the one-eighth finals.

By contrast, Team Quebec snowboarders Erika Gaujacq and Arnaud Gaudet finished on top of the podium, winning gold for the women’s and men’s events.

There was also an exciting, photo-finish race for the men’s bronze medal — with only a split second between third-place snowboarder Felix Carpentier of Quebec and Jamie Behan of Ontario, who ended up in fourth.

However, a bad wipeout earlier in the afternoon raised concerns when Ontario snowboarder Katie Lindsey was carried down the hill on a stretcher.

Although her Ontario teammates, Mikey Nazwaski and Alison Friebel, went on to win silver medals in the men’s and women’s slalom events, their Team Ontario coach Danielle Courchesne was left with mixed feelings.

Sure, it was exciting to see two Team Ontario athletes take the podium, said Courchesne, but she remained concerned for Lindsey, who had to have her ankle X-rayed at Red Deer hospital for a possible break.

The wipeout, which happened mid-way through the finals, also cast a pall on Gaujacq.

Fortunately, there were no catastrophes in the women’s big final race, when Gaujacq prevailed over Ontario’s Friebel.

Gaujacq later said winning the snowboard giant slalom race at the 2019 Canada Winter Games is a very big deal to her.

While Tuesday’s race wasn’t the best time of her career, the 15-year-old Saint-Constant, Que. native said “it was still a good race. I loved it.”

Her Quebec teammate, Gaudet, won the gold in the men’s race, but only after Ontario’s Nazwaski stumbled midway through the last race to end up with silver.

Gaudet, an 18-year-old from Montcalm, Que., said “it’s always more fun, more exciting, to win when the race is tight…” But he still felt it was “a great, great day.”

Another of his Team Quebec snowboarders, Mariska Pelletier, won the bronze medal in the women’s slalom after beating out teammate, Anne Gagne, who ended up fourth. Gagne had previously won the gold medal in the Canada Winter Games for women’s snowboardcross.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Ontario and Quebec snowboarders ruled at giant slalom races held Tuesday at the Canyon Ski Resort during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Just Posted

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: former colleague

A professor who once worked with an RCMP intelligence official charged with… Continue reading

More than 100 people participate in the Light the Night Walk in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Michael Wark was 27 when he was diagnosed with cancer.… Continue reading

‘Big bang’ precedes Red Deer house fire, says neighbour

A Red Deer home was heavily damaged by a fire early Friday… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Grilling meat at Shelter Ribfest in Red Deer

The first-ever Shelter Ribfest is on this weekend at Gary W. Harris… Continue reading

Red Deer man arrested, charged for drug-related offences

A Red Deer man is facing a number of charges, including possession… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 10 effortlessly stylish items for fall

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

UAW members on the job at GM plants after contract expires

DETROIT — The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto… Continue reading

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

Police seeking multiple suspects in shooting that left 1 dead and 5 wounded

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A teenage boy is dead and five other people… Continue reading

Trump front and centre as talk of trade, jobs emerges on campaign trail

OTTAWA — A familiar U.S. face finally showed up front and centre… Continue reading

RDC Kings and Queens cross country dominate on home turf

There was a lot of pride floating around amongst the host team… Continue reading

Hunting Hills Lightning cruise past Foothills Falcons in high school football action

The Hunting Hills Lightning showed their Football Alberta ranking was no fluke… Continue reading

Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Two University of Victoria students died and several people were injured after… Continue reading

Most Read