IPC World Cup Finals off to fast Aspen start
The Aspen Times
The IPC World Cup Finals rolled off to a fast start Wednesday in Aspen.
The international gathering of top adaptive skiers kicked off the first day of technical racing at Aspen Mountain with a giant slalom.
Racing in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Finals was staged on Spring Pitch and Strawpile with the finish at the base of Lift 1A, where the Aspen Winternational World Cup races finish.
Aspen’s own Josh Elliott surged to a silver medal Wednesday in the Men Sitting 1 division, trailing only gold-medalist Andrew Earl Kurka, also of the United States, who won gold.
The bronze went to Taiki Morii of Japan.
In Men Standing 1, Thomas Walsh of the United State won the event with Mitchell Gourley of Australia second.
Russia’s Aleksei Bugaev won the bronze.
To start the day, Great Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick won the Women Visually Impaired 1 race with guide Jennifer Kehoe.
Millie Knight, also of Great Britain, won the silver with guide Mike Abromowitz.
Bronze went to Great Britain’s Kelly Gallagher.
Giacomo Bertagnolli of Italy won the Men Visually Impaired 1 giant slalom Wednesday.
Fabrizio Casal was the guide.
Valerii Redkozubov of Russia won silver with guide Evgeny Geroev.
Spain’s Yon Santacana Maiztegui won bronze with guide Garces M. Galindo.
France’s Marie Bochet won the Women Standing 1 race with Alana Ramsay of Canada second and Stephanie Jallen of the U.S. third.
Momoka Muraoka of Japan won the Women Sitting 1 race Wednesday. Anna-Lena Forster of Germany finished second.
Laurie Stephens of the Aspen Valley Ski Club was third.
More racing is set for today on the Lift 1A side of Aspen Mountain with runs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The races have produced several closures of ski runs on the west side of Ajax.
Spring Pitch, Corkscrew Gully, Summer Road, Strawpile, East and West Fifth Avenue and Norway will be closed for the competition, through Friday.
Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk will be closed Sunday through March 4 for speed racing and training for the International Paralympic Committee World Cup Finals.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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