Different race, different colour: Cockney, Marshall, Widmer and Nishikawa all earn second medal of the Games

Alberta's Jess Cockney wins gold at 2011 Canada Games

Athletes battled head to head to crown the Canada Winter Games Sprint Champions. Coming off a 6th place finish at the World U23 Championships in Estonia less than a month ago, Jess Cockney of Canmore, Alberta showed he still has it by winning the men’s 1000m free event today.

Using the skate technique, Cockney narrowly outsprinted Ontario’s Andy Shields to the finish with his teammate Graeme Killick finishing in the bronze position. First place Qualifier Matt Wylie of Vernon, BC managed a 4th place finish overall. Cockney raced to a bronze medal in yesterdays distance event.

In the women’s event, three time Canada Winter Games veteran, Alysson Marshall of Enderby, BC continued her medal winning ways with a gold today. Junior skier Heidi Widmer of Canmore Alberta placed 2nd out sprinting Emily Nishikawa of Whitehorse. All three athletes earned their 2nd medal of the games but just a different colour.

Fifteen year old Maya Macisaac-Jones of Athabasca Alberta finished the day in 7th. The spritely youngster was unable to hold off her older competitors as she did in the qualification round where she finished in 3rd just 2.2sec back.

In Paranordic Standing, Ontario’s Gorbouova made a decisive move on the inside corner mid-course to overtake her competitors and win gold. BC’s Courtney Knight finished in second and Erica Noonan helped Newfoundland earn some points for her third place finish.

Quebec’s Sebastien Fortier earned his second Para Sitski gold medal by out double poling Lou Gibson of BC. Gibson was followed by new Para Sitski racer Yves Bourque of Quebec. All three earned their second medal of the games.

In Women’s Para Sitski, Christy Campbell couldn’t make up the time percentage differential and had to settle for 4th position. Winning gold was Christine Gauthier of Quebec with Saskatchewan’s Kelsi Paul taking Silver and her first medal of the games. Tanya Quesnel of Sudbury Ontario earned her 2nd bronze of the game.

Competitors and volunteers have a much needed day off Wednesday and racing will resume Thursday with Classic Mass Start distance events.

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