Team Ontario Wins Double Gold in Alpine Giant Slalom

From left, silver medalist Anthony Naciuk (Alberta), gold medalist Kyle Farrow (Ontario) and bronze medalist Francis Toutant (Quebec) pose with their Men's Giant Slalom medals at the 2011 Canada Games

Wentworth, NS (February 23, 2011) –

Overcast skies and cold temperatures made for challenging conditions on day three at Ski Wentworth, but thanks to the hard work of the course crew it was a great first day of alpine ski racing for able bodied athletes at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Team Ontario athletes Mary Beth Hemphill and Kyle Farrow captured their first major event titles.  

On the women’s side it was a tight race with the top three women juggling positions between the first and second runs. Teammates Mary Beth Hemphill and Devon Clarke, who finished second were only 0.24 seconds off each other’s combined times.  Team BC athlete Kailee Darlington had the lead after the first run despite not having skied as aggressive as she would have liked, and ended the day in third.

Hemphill, who was third after the first run knew she needed to take some chances run two. “I knew I had to charge in the second run if I wanted to win. I fought for my tuck where I needed to and had a great run. I’m super excited to be named as Canada Games champion in Giant Slalom”

All three girls commented that the Games thus far had been a lot fun. They also expressed that they had especially enjoyed Great Big Sea on Saturday night in Halifax.

Women’s results:

1-Mary Beth Hemphill, ON 2:04.32

2-Devon Clarke, ON 2:04.56

3-Kailee Darlington, BC 2:05.05

In the men’s race Ontario’s Kyle Farrow went for it in the second run, charging the whole way down to become the Canada Games giant slalom male champion by a mere .07 of second over Anthony Naciuk. Alberta’s Naciuk had the lead after the first run, but having made a few minor mistakes in the second run he ended up in second place. Quebec’s Francis Toutant started the second run in fifth and after a solid second run Toutant earned himself the rights to step onto that third place podium and become a Canada Games medalist.

“I’m really happy with my preparation and race today” said Farrow. “This morning when I woke up I few I had to keep things simple, charge and stay low in my tuck. I would also like to thank the volunteers for putting on a great race today”

Men’s results:

1-Kyle Farrow, ON 2:00.76

2-Anthony Naciuk, AB 2:00.83

3-Fancis Toutant, QC 2:01.80

Slalom being their favorite event both Farrow and Toutant are looking forward to Friday’s Slalom events. Tomorrows Super Combined will take place as schedule starting 10:00am AST

Philippe BernierDirector, National Programs and Race EventsAlpine Canada Alpin403-512-8074; pbernier@canski.org

LIVE TIMING: Live timing and results of the Canada winter games can be found at www.canskilive.com

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