Canadian sit-skier Brian Rowland secures 1st career World Cup podium with downhill bronze


Canada’s Para alpine skiing team picked up three more medals at the World Cup finals on Sunday in Sella Nevea, Italy.

Coming off a three-medal showing in the opening downhill events on Saturday, the Canadians continued to shine with three downhill bronze medals.

Canadian sit-skier Brian Rowland reached the first World Cup podium of his career, finishing third in 52.67 seconds.

The 36-year-old Paralympian from Merrickville, Ont., shared the podium with five-time Paralympic gold medallist Jesper Pedersen of Norway, who finished first in 51.52.

Niels de Langen of the Netherlands finished just ahead of Rowland for silver (52.20).

‘It’s almost unbelievable’

Rowland was riding momentum entering the race after earning a then career-best sixth-place finish on Saturday in 54.28.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” Rowland said in a release. “It was super fast out there and it wasn’t pretty but I just gave it my best and held on. People were cheering at the finish and when I saw my time, I was a couple of seconds faster than yesterday so I knew I had a shot at a podium. It’s pretty awesome!” 

Candiac, Que., native Frédérique Turgeon continued her strong season with bronze in the women’s standing race, her fourth World Cup podium of the season.

Turgeon, who took home silver on Saturday, reached the podium with a time of 57.57 — finishing just behind reigning world champion Anna-Maria Rieder (57.38).

Sweden’s Ebba Aarsjoe won gold in 55.89.

Alexis Guimond of Gatineau, Que., raced to his second straight bronze medal in the men’s standing event for his fifth World Cup podium of the season.

The two-time Paralympic medallist improved upon his time from Saturday, crossing the finish in 52.60.

Reigning Paralympic champion Arthur Bauchet of France topped the podium in 50.94, while reigning world champion Markus Salcher of Austria claimed silver for the second straight day (51.97).

“I thought that I had a better approach today,” Guimond said. “It was better conditions, but still a difficult day. It was tough competition, but my performance was better and while I’m always aiming higher, I’m happy with today’s bronze medal.”

Turgeon and Guimond also won downhill bronze at the world championships in Spain in January.

The World Cup finals conclude with slalom and giant slalom races in Cortina, Italy from March 13-17.


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