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March 1, 2013

Nathalie Carpanedo finishes wild card run at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Nathalie Carpanedo finishes wild card run at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Carpanedo following her Giant Slalom finish
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Carpanedo following her DNF slalom run at the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Carpanedo was a wild card entry.
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Wednesday, Spanish LW10-2 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo finished her wild card run at the IPC Alpine World Championships competing as a member of the Spanish team in the international team friendly held the day after the closing ceremonies for the World Championships. Carpanedo’s team finished tenth in a field of ten teams, which saw the Austria finish first, team 1 for the United States finish second, and Russia finish third.

Carpanedo started the day with 232.13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing points, and finished her team race with a time of 26.46 seconds. Because teammate Úrsula Pueyo had a faster time of 20.32, Carpanedo’s time was not used in tabulating Spain’s overall ranking as only one time by a female skier was required.

Beyond Wednesday’s event, Carpanedo competed in two individual races at the Championships. Her first was the Slalom, where she earned a Did Not Finish in her first run. 36 of the 116 competitors had the same result in that race. Her other race, the Giant Slalom, saw her finish in tenth in the women’s sitting group with a combined run time of 4:41.30, 2:11.60 minutes slower than first place finisher Austrian Claudia Loesch and 1:09.02 minutes slower than the ninth place finisher Gyöngyi Dani of Hungary. Four skiers in the women’s sitting group failed to finish their runs, and 45 of the 117 total skiers in the Giant Slalom failed to rank in the race.

Carpanedo is one of the founding member of the first women’s disability ski team in Spain. Created with the support of Teresa Silva, Fundación También insisted the team be for women to encourage their participation in disability sport. Fundación También supports a number of other sports including bicycling, sailing, table tennis, canoeing and scuba diving. Carpanedo’s Fundación También teammate Irene Villa attended the final award ceremonies in support of her teammate and winter Paralympic sport in Spain.



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February 28, 2013

Austria wins friendly team competition at end of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Austria wins friendly team competition at end of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

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The IPC Alpine World Championships wrapped up yesterday in La Molina, Spain with a friendly, non-medal counting team event won by Austria. The winner was tabulated based on the fastest score for a visually impaired skier on the team, a female skier on the team, and a male skier on the team. The Austrian team included Markus Salcher, Roman Rabl, and Claudia Loesch for times counted, with Philipp Bonadimann, Thomas Grochar, and Martin Wuerz also competing. The team event included ten teams representing eight countries, with the United States and Canada having two teams each and 54 skiers competing.

The United States team 1 came in second with Tyler Walker, Mark Bathum, and Alana Nichols times counting, and Heath Calhoun, Ralph Green, and Allison Jones also belonging to the team. Russia came in third with Ivan Frantseva, Alexandr Alyabyev, and Mariya Papulova having their scores counted. Hosts Spain finished last with Jon Santacana, Óscar Espallargas, and Úrsula Pueyo having their times counting, and Gabriel Gorce and Nathalie Carpanedo also members of the Spanish team.

The next major competition ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics is the test event in Sochi, Russia in March of this year.

Thomas Grochar on his run
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Solene Jambaque of France on her run
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Marie Bochet, five IPC Alpine World Championships gold medal winning skiing, on her run
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Canadian visually impaired skier Viviane Forest and Chloe and her guide Lauzon-Gauthier on their run
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Austrian skier Roman Rabl
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Gabriel Gorce and his guide on their run for Spain
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Visually impaired Canadian skier Mac Marcoux and guide BJ Marcoux experience problems on their run
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Stephani Victor skis for Team USA 2
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Martin France skis for Slovakia
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Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo ski for Spain
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Braydon Luscombe of Canada
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Allison Jones of the United States for Team USA 1
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Fredric Francois of France
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February 25, 2013

France leads medal count after third competition day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

France leads medal count after third competition day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Marie Bochet following her first slalom run
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Vincent Gauthier-Manuel on the course in his first slalom run
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Yesterday in La Molina, Spain on the third day of competition at the IPC Alpine World Championships, slalom gold medal winning French skiers Marie Bochet and Vincent Gauthier-Manuel assisted in putting France in the medal count lead. This brought the total number medals won by French skiers to eight.

New Zealand, with only two skiers competing, earned its first medal of the competition when Adam Hall won a bronze in yesterday’s slalom event. His teammate Corey Peters finished his first run in the slalom but notched a Did Not Finish (DNF) for his second run and did not rank.

Spain moved down the medal table after their medal favorite, Jon Santacana and guide Miguel Galindo Garcés, failed to finish his second run in the slalom. Other Spanish skiers also failed to perform yesterday with wildcard entry women’s sit-skier Nathalie Carpanedo and men’s sit-skier Óscar Espallargas earning a DNF during their first runs on a day that saw thirty-six skiers earn DNFs on their initial run down the course. Men’s visually impaired skier Gabriel Gorce and guide Arnau Ferrer were disqualified in the first run for missing gate 61. Standing LW2 classified skier Úrsula Pueyo finished ninth and last in her group.

Yesterday was originally scheduled to be a day off for skiers, but the slalom event was cancelled Saturday due to poor conditions. Today is scheduled to be the Super Combined event.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of France.png FRA 4 2 2 8
2 Flag of Austria.png AUT 4 1 2 7
3 Flag of Germany.svg GER 2 4 1 7
4 Flag of Russia.png RUS 2 2 2 6
5 Flag of Slovakia.png SVK 2 1 0 3
6 Flag of Spain.svg ESP 2 0 0 2
7 Flag of the United States.png USA 1 1 1 3
7 Flag of Japan (geometric).png JPN 1 1 1 3
9 Flag of Canada.png CAN 0 2 4 6
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg SUI 0 2 2 4
11 Flag of Great Britain with border.png GBR 0 1 2 3
12 Flag of Italy.png ITA 0 1 0 1
13 Flag of New Zealand.png NZL 0 0 1 1



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Romanian skier debuts at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Romanian skier debuts at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Laura Valeanu of Romania following her first slalom run
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Yesterday, women’s standing LW4 classified skier Laura Valeanu finished eighth in her group in the slalom event, marking the first appearance of a Romanian skier at the 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain. No other Romanian skiers have competed thus far in the competition.

Valeanu was also her country’s only participant at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver where she finished fourteenth in the giant slalom and earned a Did Not Finish in the slalom event.

Valeanu completed her first slalom run in La Molina in a time of 1:16.48, the eighth best time on that run. Her second run was a little under two seconds slower at 1:18.42, and the ninth best time in the run. Despite that, her combined run time of 2:34.90 was faster than ninth and last place finisher Úrsula Pueyo who had a combined run time of 2:35.85. Valeanu’s combined time was nearly thirty seconds slower than French winner Marie Bouchet.

The women’s standing group started with twelve skiers, but three skiers failed to finish their first run including Finland’s Katja Saarinen, United States skier Allison Jones and Russian Mariya Papulova.

The 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships continues today with the Super Combined event scheduled.



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February 23, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish para-alpine skier Úrsula Pueyo

Wikinews interviews Spanish para-alpine skier Úrsula Pueyo

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Úrsula Pueyo before the start of today’s cancelled slalom event
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Earlier today, Wikinews interviewed Spanish para-alpine LW2 clasffied skier Úrsula Pueyo during a delay in the slalom event at the IPC Alpine World Championships at La Molina, Spain. Pueyo is the only woman on the Spanish 2013 World Championship team, and was the only female Spanish standing skier at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. Following the interview, event organizers announced the slalom had been cancelled for the day due to high winds and was rescheduled for tomorrow.

Úrsula Pueyo interview on cancelled slalom ski day.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png: Hello, we are with Úrsula Pueyo. Today is the slalom race. What are your sensations for the day?((es))

Úrsula Pueyo: Well, to be honest, my sensations for today are better than ever. I’ve been feeling really good while skiing, I am looking forward to competing, and I’m liking the slopes. The only thing is, let’s see if the weather will allow it.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Right, because the weather today is giving us a surprise… Let’s hope you can compete later.((es))

Úrsula Pueyo: Yes. Really, the race started, twelve competitors managed to go out and get times, and I had number 19 and I was left at the gate waiting to go. [Laughs]((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: How do you see yourself for Sochi [Winter Paralympics Games of 2014], in this last event before it?((es))

Úrsula Pueyo: Well, today’s the slalom, and on Tuesday and Wednesday the giant, so I hope to get other races in before Sochi [Laughs], but yeah, really looking forward to this one. And whatever comes next, will come.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: You’re the only woman in the Spanish team. Is that an issue ever for you? Is it different, challenging, being the only woman? Is gender an issue in women’s skiing?((es))

Úrsula Pueyo: Yes, I mean it’s not a problem in the Spanish team. Four men and a lone woman.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Do you think the level of the women’s skiing is the same level as the men’s?((es))

Úrsula Pueyo: Yes! The same. Maybe the men have more speed, but the technical level is the same.((es))

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February 20, 2013

Spain starts 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships with first and fifth place finishes

Spain starts 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships with first and fifth place finishes

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

With the first day of racing completed earlier today in La Molina for the 2013 IPC World Championships, the Spanish team started the competition with a first and fifth place finish in the downhill event in the men’s visually impaired group. Jon Santacana and guide Miguel Galindo Garcés came in first; Gabriel Gorce and guide Arnau Ferrer finished fifth, three seconds behind Santacana and fourteen hundredths of a second behind fourth place Russian Ivan Frantsev and his guide German Agranoskii.

The rest of the Spanish team is scheduled to arrive tomorrow with women’s standing skier Úrsula Pueyo, men’s sit skier Óscar Espallargas, and women’s sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo scheduled to compete in the Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions, with the Slalom scheduled to take place on Saturday and the Giant Slalom for next Tuesday.

Other countries also started the IPC World Championships off well with Germany in the medal lead with one gold, silver, and bronze. The United States was second with one gold and a silver. France was third with one gold and two bronze medals. Austria was fourth with one gold and a bronze. Slovakia and Spain were fifth with one gold each. Canada was seventh with one silver and one bronze. Switzerland, Russia, and Italy were eighth with one silver each. Great Britain finished out the medal earning nations with one bronze.

Gorce finishes his race
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Gorce and Ferrer cross the line
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Gorce comes to a stop
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Gorce in the media area following his race
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Gorce in the media area following his race
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Gorce heads towards the course exit following his race
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Gorce and Ferrer come down the downhill course
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Santacana and Galindo come down the course
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Santacana and Galindo come down the course
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Santacana and Galindo come down the course
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Santacana comes to a stop following his race
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Santacana is stopped
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Santacana and Galindo talk immediately following their race
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Santacana and Galindo talk to the media
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Santacana and Galindo in close up
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Leaderboard showing provisional finishes
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