Feb 06, 2015
Photo credit Lia Taha Cheng
GRANADA, Spain (CIS) – After poor conditions delayed the start of the alpine skiing competition, action at Sierra Nevada finally got underway Friday at the 27th Winter Universiade in Southern Spain.
Up first was the men’s super G, and the first skier out of the gate was Canadian Vincent Lajoie (Sherbrooke, Que.). Despite a promising run, Lajoie carried too much momentum over a bump late in the course and fell, recording a DNF in the competition. The same fate befell his teammate William Schuessler (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.), who also fell late on the course.
Italy’s Michelangelo Tentori won the first alpine gold of the Granada Games, edging Marc Oliveras of Andorra by just one-hundredth of a second.
“Our first day here was a challenge because of the wind, so we really didn’t have a training session,” said Lajoie, a student at the University of Montreal. “Today was our first time in Super G in a year, and it’s always exciting to be the first one on the course. The speed was there today. I started off pretty good, but this is a long race and by the end of the course you are pretty tired. I got to the bottom of the hill, hit a bump and was totally out of balance and there was no way I could hit the next gate.
“Up next is the super combined. With more practice on the longer skis, I feel more confident heading into that race. It’s the same approach, and I’ll try to finish this time.”
The afternoon saw the Canadian women take to the course, and again they had an early bib number. The second athlete down the course in the women’s competition was Ottawa’s Victoria Stevens, who crossed the finish line in a time of 1:29.68 – a time that held up for 16th overall in the competition. Stéphanie Gould, also of Ottawa, was the other Canadian in the women’s race, but she also recorded a DNF.
Norway’s Kristine Fausa Aasberg captured the gold medal with her time of 1:26.61.
“The conditions were nice, the snow held up really well, and I had a really good start number,” said Stevens. “I haven’t done this discipline in four years, so it was about getting used to it for me. I could definitely have gone faster in a couple of areas, but for me it was more of a training run as I haven’t done the discipline in a while and to prepare me for the rest of the week.”
The Canadian women move into the super combined competition on Saturday, with the men’s combined scheduled for Sunday at Sierra Nevada.
Canada’s only other action on Friday came at Fuentanueva Pavilion in the curling competition. Women’s skip Breanne Meakin (Winnipeg) and her Carleton University rink picked up right where they left off on Thursday, recording a 9-2 triumph over Great Britain. The game, Canada’s only match of the day on the women’s side, took just eight ends to play as Canada scored four in the seventh end and added a steal of one in the eighth.
Canada (3-0) faces Sweden (3-0) and Switzerland (2-1) in two contests on Saturday.
In men’s curling action, the Canadian rink skipped by Matt Dunstone (Winnipeg) picked up its first victory of the Universiade with an 8-2 decision over the Czech Republic in the nightcap. After dropping their first game of the day 7-4 to Great Britain, Canada took an early lead and held on against the Czechs, pulling away with five points in the final four ends to improve to 1-2 in the nine-game round robin.
Canada (1-2) faces Switzerland (0-3) in the only men’s draw of the day on Saturday.
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/winter/2015/index
Granada 2015 website: http://www.granada2015.org/en/
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 RESULTS
Women’s Super G
1. Kristine Fausa Aasberg, Norway, 1:26.61; 2. Karolina Chrapek, Poland, 1:27.25; 3. Helene Rapaport, Sweden, 1:27.43; 16. Victoria Stevens, Ottawa, Ont., 1:29.68; DNF Stéphanie Gould, Ottawa, Ont.
Men’s Super G
1. Michelangelo Tentori, Italy, 1:23.74; 2. Marc Oliveras, Andorra, 1:23.75; 3. Sandro Boner, Switzerland, 1:24.23; DNF Vincent Lajoie, Sherbrooke, Que.; DNF William Schuessler, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Women’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 1 x x – 9
GBR 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x x – 2
Men’s Preliminary Round (9 matches)
CAN 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 x – 4
GBR 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 x – 7
CAN 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 x – 8
CZE 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 x – 2
About the Winter Universiade
The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.
The Granada Universiade will feature nine compulsory sports and one optional sport. Compulsory sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, nordic skiing, short track speed skating, figure skating, synchronized skating, snowboarding. Optional sport: freestyle skiing.
NOTE: Biathlon and Nordic skiing will take place in Strbske Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Games in Granada.
Official website: www.granada2015.org
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