The giant slalom events were featured today during the 2019 Canada Winter Games at the Nakiska Ski Resort. After earning two medals in the opening Super G events, Alberta’s women continued to excel by taking the silver and bronze medals in the two-run Giant Slalom race.

Britt Richardson, 15 of Calgary who won the bronze in the Super G on Monday, raced to a combined time of 1:44.70 medal, just 0.5 seconds off the gold medal time posted by Quebec’s Arianne Forget. Alberta’s Makenna Lebsack, 15, of Calgary, AB rounded up the podium in three.

In para-alpine, Alberta placed two skiers on the podium, with Tess Beasant, 14, of Calgary, AB winning the gold medal in the women’s giant slalom and Hanna Chilson winning the bronze medal. Beasant posted a combined the best time of 2:24.42, while Chilson posted a time of 2:29.65 for the bronze medal.

“I still managed to maintain my level of intensity while also being zen. When I took the gates wrong, I didn’t care about it and kept going and push it, get that edge in the snow. The second run was a little more intense because I felt the pressure after coming in first in the initial run. I got into a good mindset pretty quickly in the race,” said Tess Beasant after the race.

Spencer Allan, 18, of Airdrie, AB was the fastest amongst the group of men Para-Alpine Giant slalom race, winning the gold medal with a time of 2:00.66.

“The first run was pretty solid; the conditions were pretty nice. The communication between me and my guide worked well. It was super smooth and placed first at the finish line. Leading up to the second run was a bit stressful. Communications went out and had no way of talking other than yelling. We just got right in the start gate and went down, really without any warning.  Some of the steeper sections were very icy, and got through it and came out in first. I am super happy!” said Allan, visually impaired skier.

Tomorrow, the slalom events will be featured at Nakiska, before the athletes returning to Red Deer for the ski cross events.