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Warner’s ‘best run’
- Updated: March 23, 2010
South Africa’s sole Paralympic Winter Games competitor, Bruce Warner ended his Games on a high note with what he described as his best race of the competition.
Warner took part in all five of the Alpine skiing events over the 10 days of competition in Vancouver, Canada.
Speaking from Whistler, 38-year-old Warner said that these would be his final Paralympics.
“The closing ceremony marks the end of a thoroughly enjoyable racing career which I was pleased to end with a good run of slalom.
“Because of expected bad weather the schedule was changed again and the last three races were held on the last three days of competition..
“The downhill wasn’t my best.┬áI skied some sections well but made a couple of costly mistakes in others.┬áI was pleased to have been better than in my training run but on another day I’m sure I would have done better.” Warner clocked 1min 34.72sec on the downhill, compared to Germany’s Gerd Schonfelder’s 1:20.80.
“Super G didn’t go too well either.┬áConditions were difficult but no excuses, despite my best efforts I was not as fast as I had been earlier in the season.” His Super G time was 1:38.52 as Schonfelder triumphed again (1:20.11).
But it wasn’t all bad for Bloemfontein-born Warner, who at least closed his Games with an effort he expressed happiness with.
“In the final race, super combined (which is a run of super G and a run of slalom) I improved on my super G from the previous day and then had a very good slalom run.
“The slalom run was probably my best run of the Paralympics and in the run itself I finished 15th.┬á (For logistical reasons the IPC had really restricted the field for the super combined so the field size was smaller than the other events but those who stayed in the races were the very best from each country).”
France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel won the Super Combined in 1:20.80 as Warner ended his Games with 18th spot in 1:37.92.