Russian Athlete Rumyantseva Wins Gold in Ski Race at Paralympic Games


"Over the next week as Canada competes in the games, please let our athletes feel the support let them hear our cheers", said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland each won a gold on the first day to join the three winter sports powerhouses atop the medal table.

Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.) and Dominic Larocque (Quebec City, Que.) stopped one shot each to share the shutout for Canada, which finished with a massive 45-2 advantage in shots on goal. Jallen 8th in the standing downhill and 10th in the super-G.

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France took gold in the women's standing downhill skiing.

Switzerland's Theo Gmur took his first Paralympic gold in the men's standing skiing, and United States skier Andrew Kurka, the reigning downhill world champion, won the race in the men's sitting category. Theo Gmur, who won the gold in the Men's Downhill Standing event contested by Hall on Saturday, was also an early casualty. Other Canadians competing include Braydon Luscombe and Kirk Schornstein.

The semifinals are at 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. The 34-year-old topped the field in the men's super-G to capture his first Paralympic medal. The Hartsville, P.E.I., native already has a silver from the 7.5K sprint and can equal his total from Sochi with another podium finish.

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Bryan Sholomicki (Winnipeg, Man.) added a hat trick, while 12 different skaters registered at least one point in the win.

Daily coverage of the 10-day event on CBC will total 38 hours, with live reporting from 6 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 6 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

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