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Canada wins two alpine skiing medals on day 2 of Paralympic Winter Games

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According to the Sochi 2014 website on Sunday, two Canadian para-alpine skiers won medals on day two of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Mac Marcoux of Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario won his second medal in two days when he captured a bronze medal in the men's super giant slalom alpine skiing event for the visually impaired.

Marcoux's time was 1:20.77. Jakub Krako of Slovakia won the gold medal with a time of 1:20.58, followed by Mark Bathum of the United States at 1:20.71 in the silver medal position.

The two bronze medals for Marcoux are a surprise because he is only 16 years of age, and according to Stephanie Dixon of Yahoo! Sports, Marcoux was to have his brother B.J. as his guide, but a change needed to be made two weeks ago to Robin Femy because of a back injury to B.J. Marcoux. The Canadian teenager was also 1.5 seconds faster in the super giant slalom than downhill champion Yon Santacana Maiztegui of Spain, who ended up in fourth place.

Canada's other medal in para-alpine skiing came in the men's super giant slalom sitting competition as Caleb Brousseau of Terrace, British Columbia won bronze with a time of 1:22.05. Akira Kano of Japan won the gold medal with a time of 1:19.51. Taiki Morii of Japan won silver with a time of 1:21.60. Brousseau comfortably found himself on the podium because he was 2.5 seconds faster than fourth place finisher Heath Calhoun of the United States.

Team Canada was also victorious in sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.

In hockey, Corbin Watson of Kingsville, Ontario made six saves for the shutout as Canada improved to 2-0 with a 4-0 win over Norway. It was redemption for the Canadians, who lost to Norway 2-1 in the bronze medal game at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Adam Dixon of Midland, Ontario scored twice, while Dominic Larocque of Quebec City (one goal and one assist), and Anthony Gale of Brampton, Ontario and Kevin Rempel of Vineland, Ontario (two assists) each recorded multi-point games.

In wheelchair curling, Canada beat Sweden 7-4 to improve to 3-0. Canada is tied for first place with Slovakia. Canada sits tied for third place in the medal standings with five medals--two silver medals and three bronze medals.

Russia leads the pack with 17 medals, followed by the Ukraie at six medals, and Japan and the United States also at five medals.



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