Alpine skiers have now finished the super combined competition. Paralympians made their first run down the Rosa Khutor slopes on Tuesday, but due to weather conditions the second part of the competition was postponed. Today, based on the results of the super-G component, the new super combined Paralympic champions were crowned.
In the women’s competition for visually impaired athletes, only three athletes qualified for the super-G following the slalom. With a 3.12 second advantage after the first run, Alexandra Frantceva won gold at a canter with a total time of 2 minutes and 27.75 seconds. Despite a successful run in the super-G, after two starts the silver medal went to Jade Etherington of Great Britain, who followed Frantceva by just 0.63 seconds. The bronze medal was secured by Danielle Umstead of the United States, whose final time was 2 minutes and 42.09 seconds.
The Paralympic Winter Games champion in the women’s standing category was France's Marie Bouchet. She showed the best time in both runs, with a final time of 2:18.39 and winning her third medal in Sochi (Bochet already has gold in downhill and Super-G). The silver medalist of the Super-G was Germany's Andrea Rothfuss, who was 4.35 seconds behind the winner. Bronze was won by Stephanie American Jallen trailing Bochet by 4.74 seconds.
Representatives of the German national team shared the podium in the sitting category. Top was Anna Schaffelhuber, who won with a staggering victory and a margin of 5.56 seconds over her compatriot, becoming four-time champion at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Anna-Lena Forster won her second silver (following the slalom) on the Sochi slopes and clocked a final time of 2 minutes 38.96 seconds. Sadly Bronze in this category will not be awarded, as the other three athletes failed to reach the finish line.
The Russian skier Valery Redkozubov claimed victory in the men’s visually impaired event. He completed the slalom with an advantage of 5.62 seconds, meaning that his fourth place in the Super-G did not significantly affect the competition result. His overall time of 2 minutes and 15.87 seconds brought Valery Redkozubov the title of double Paralympic champion. American Mark Bathum finished second, 1.57 seconds behind, and Gabriel Juan Gorce Yepes from Spain was third (2:20.36).
The winner in the standing category was the Russian skier Alexey Bugaev. Having won a complete set of medals in previous races (gold in slalom, silver in downhill and bronze in Super-G), the 16 year old Russian became Super Combined champion. He had an advantage of 1.1 seconds over the Austrian Mattias Lanzinger, who finished in the silver medal position. The bronze medal was won by Australia’s Toby Kane, the first medal for the Australian team at these Games.
After two runs, Canadian John Dueck became the leader in the men’s sitting category. He finished in fifth after the slalom, but a perfectly executed run in the super slalom gave him a shot at gold. Dueck became a Paralympic champion with a final time of 2 minutes and 18.2 seconds. American Heath Calhoun lost to Dueck by just 0.89 seconds and had to settle for second. Austrian Roman Rabl completed the top three. After leading in the first run, he finished fifth during the super giant. The Austrian’s final time was 2 minutes and 20.2 seconds.