Beijing 2022: Mollie Jepsen wins silver in the para-alpine standing giant slalom

BEIJING, China – Canada won five medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing on Friday and is sure to add more to its hockey team in the gold medal game.

Mollie Jepsen of British Columbia won silver in the standing giant slalom for her second Games medal.

“For four years, I focused my efforts on giant slalom, super-G and downhill. I’m happy that I’ve shown that I’m a versatile skier,” he explains.

“I don’t fully realize it yet. I have high expectations for the giant slalom, and I’m glad I got on the podium.»

Prince Edward Island’s Mark Arendz won silver in the 12 kilometer standing biathlon, the 11th Paralympic medal of his career.

Brittany Hudak of Saskatchewan won a bronze medal in the individual standing biathlon event.

British Columbia snowboarder Tyler Turner of Campbell River won bronze in the SB-LL1 slalom

Finally at the end of the day, the Canadian wheelchair curling team won a bronze medal, beating Slovakia 8-3.

The team, which led 4-3 at the start of the eighth end, sealed the victory with a superb final stone clearance by Jon Thurston.

“Jon made great shots to give us the win. A defeat in the semi-final (9-5 against China in the semi-final), it was painful because we didn’t have a chance to play for gold, but we were very happy to play and win bronze, ”said captain Mark Ideson.

Canada is guaranteed even one more medal after its hockey team beat South Korea 11-0 in the semifinals.

After seven days of competition, Canada still finished third in the medal standings with a total of 21 medals (7-4-10). China is more dominant with 47 medals, including 14 golds.

Canada-USA Final

In hockey, Tyler McGregor scored four goals and added two assists to help the Canadian Paralympic Hockey Team advance to the final.

Canada will face the United States for gold on Saturday. The Americans also dominated against China, which won 11-0.

“I’m proud of the way our group played today,” said McGregor, who turned 28 on Friday. We have input from everyone, even the boys who are not on the score sheet. They were blocked by shots and they were well shorthanded.

“Everyone was really happy with their game and with the team, and that was important for the gold medal game. »

Billy Bridges also scored a hat trick in the Canadian camp. He reached the 50-point plateau at the Paralympic Games and now has 199 career goals with Team Canada.

Liam Hickey scored a goal and added four assists for Canada and Garrett Riley got his first goal for Team Canada. Greg Westlake and Anton Jacobs-Webb completed.

Dominic Larocque made a save in the first two periods before giving way to Adam Kingsmill, who saved two shots in the third. Canada outshot South Korea 43-3 in the penalty shootout column.

Money for Jepsen

Jepsen completed his giant slalom in a time of two minutes 0.95 seconds.

Zhang Mengqiu became the first Chinese athlete to win gold in a para-alpine skiing event. German Andrea Rothfuss completed the podium.

For Jepsen, 22, this is his sixth career Paralympic medal and second at the Beijing Games.

He previously won gold in the downhill standing event.

Two medals in biathlon

In the biathlon, Arendz finished behind Frenchman Benjamin Daviet in a time of 40 minutes and 13 seconds. Ukrainian Grygorii Vovchynskyi won the bronze medal.

Arendz added the 11th medal of his Paralympic career.

On the women’s side, Hudak finished the course in a time of 49 minutes and 3.4 seconds.

Ukrainian Liudmyla Liashenko won gold over China’s Zhao Zhiqing.

Hudak, 28, now has three career Paralympic medals.

Bronze for Tyler Turner

Turner won a bronze medal in snowboarding in the SB-LL1 incline slalom event. He clocked a minute 12.84 seconds.

Wu Zhongwei of China and Chris Vos of the Netherlands won gold and silver.

The SB-LL1 category is reserved for riders with moderate impaired knee or leg function, missing one leg above the knee or two legs below the knee.

Turner, 33, already has a gold medal in Beijing in the snowboard cross.

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