France finishes 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships on top of medal ladder

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On the final day of individual competition at the 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships in La Molina, Spain, concluded today with the Giant Slalom, France pulled ahead of Austria to sit atop of the medal ladder with seven gold medals, two silver medals, and three bronze medals to Austria’s seven gold medals, one silver medal, and three bronze medals. Canada earned the most overall medals at the World Championships with fourteen total medals, two more than France.

France’s medals today included a gold by Marie Bochet in the women’s standing event. Bochet captured all five individual gold medals available in her group at these World Championships. Vincent Gauthier-Manuel also earned a gold for France, in the men’s standing group.

Claudia Loesch earned a gold for Austria in the women’s sitting group. It was Austria’s only medal on the day.

Canada’s medals today included a silver by Viviane Forest and her guide Chloe Lauzon-Gauthier in the women’s visually impaired group, a silver by Mac Marcoux and his guide BJ Marcoux in the men’s visually impaired, a bronze by Chris Williamson and his guide in the same group, a bronze by Kimberly Joines in the women’s sitting group, and a bronze by Alexandra Starker in the women’s standing group.

Spain, who had not earned a medal since the second day of competition, increased their medal count by one when Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo Garcés earned their third gold of the competition after two competitions in a row where they earned Did Not Finishes (DNF) during their second runs.

The final day of skiing saw 117 skiers start, with only 72 getting ranked at the end. 28 skiers earned DNFs during the first run, and nine earned DNFs during their second runs. Five did not start the first run, and one did not start their second run. Two skiers were disqualified in their second runs.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of France.png FRA 7 2 3 12
2 Flag of Austria.png AUT 7 1 3 11
3 Flag of Russia.png RUS 4 4 3 11
4 Flag of Japan (geometric).png JPN 3 3 1 7
5 Flag of Spain.svg ESP 3 0 0 3
6 Flag of Germany.svg GER 2 7 2 11
7 Flag of Slovakia.png SVK 2 2 1 5
8 Flag of Canada.png CAN 1 5 8 14
9 Flag of the United States.png USA 1 1 1 3
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg SUI 0 2 4 6
11 Flag of Great Britain with border.png GBR 0 2 3 5
12 Flag of Italy.png ITA 0 1 0 1
13 Flag of New Zealand.png NZL 0 0 1 1

Viviane Forest and Chloe Lauzon-Gauthier of Canada hug following their silver medal run in the Giant Slalom
Image: Raystorm.

Alexandra Frantseva and Pavel Zabotini of Russia hug following their gold medal run in the women’s visually impaired Giant Slalom
Image: Raystorm.

Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans of Great Britain make their way down the course in their second run of their bronze medal winning performance in the Giant Slalom
Image: Raystorm.

Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo Garcés embrace Chris Williamson and his guide Robin Femy following Santacana’s gold medal winning run
Image: Laura Hale.

Santacana and Galindo at the end of their second run in the Giant Slalom
Image: Laura Hale.

Marie Bochet of France gets a hug following earning her fifth medal of the competition
Image: Laura Hale.

Marie Bochet after crossing the finish line
Image: Laura Hale.

Marie Bochet and German silver medalist Andrea Rothfuss embrace
Image: Laura Hale.

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