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2018 GoobNet Women’s Winter Paralympic Championship: Results

Here are the results of the first GoobNet Women’s Winter Paralympic Championship, determining the best female Winter Paralympian of all time. This tournament was a thrilling, highly enjoyable competition, and our hosts truly put on a wonderful show for us. The hosts were selected from amongst the Paralympic host cities of past and present. The regional semifinals and finals were held in Lillehammer, Norway; Nagano, Japan; Turin, Italy; and Vancouver, BC, Canada. The final two rounds were held at Stoke Mandeville, England, UK.

The tournament, as with the Paralympic Games themselves, was full of surprises. Unfancied alpine skier Rachael Battersby of New Zealand got past Swedish cross country skier Desiree Johansson in the first round, an event that tossed bracket pools around the world into turmoil. Two first round upsets in the Lillehammer Regional bumped alpine skier Danja Haslacher and sledge racer Lahja Haemaelaeinen from the tournament. Sledge racing fans had thrown their support behind Haemaelaeinen early on, but Martina Altenberger’s sweep of the LW6/8 alpine events in 1988 proved too much.

But only one competitor seeded seventh or lower, Canadian wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet, was able to reach the Swift Sixteen. As we reached the latter phases, the dominance of the highest seeded competitors became more and more clear, until we arrived in Stoke Mandeville with all four of the top seeds.

A dramatic semifinal between two German athletes, alpine skier Reinhild Möller and nordic skier Verena Bentele, was for many the highlight of the tournament. Bentele’s unforgettable performance at the 2010 Winter Paralympics, during which she won every individual event for visually impaired skiers in both cross country skiing and biathlon, almost lifted her into the final. Möller’s impressive body of work, including four straight gold medals in both the downhill and the slalom, proved to be enough.

But in the final, there was no stopping Norway’s Ragnhild Myklebust. Over a fourteen year career, Myklebust dominated the sitting category of cross country skiing, with wins in every individual event held between 1988 to 2002. For good measure, she also added a few relay golds, and even some in sledge racing and biathlon. Ragnhild Myklebust, by some distance, has earned the title of greatest female Winter Paralympian, and we offer her our hearty congratulations.

So, all that is left to do is to thank all of our participating Paralympians, all of our host cities, and, most importantly, every single volunteer who helped make sure that everyone was fully informed of all of the latest happenings. We could not have held this tournament without all of you. We will see all of you at the reception, where Ragnhild, Reinhild, and all the other competitors, even those who do not have hild in their names, will be celebrating.

LILLEHAMMER REGIONAL

SALT LAKE CITY SECTIONAL

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

05. Anja Schaffelhuber

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

02. Sarah Billmeier

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

16. Maria Iovleva

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

08. Susanne Ischinger

08. Susanne Ischinger

09. Alena Kaufman

04. Danja Haslacher

13. Majorie van de Bunt

13. Majorie van de Bunt

05. Anja Schaffelhuber

05. Anja Schaffelhuber

12. Natalia Smirnova

ALBERTVILLE SECTIONAL

02. Sarah Billmeier

03. Nancy Gustafson

02. Sarah Billmeier

15. Tone Edvardsen

02. Sarah Billmeier

07. Lioubov Paninykh

07. Lioubov Paninykh

10. Lioubov Vasilieva

03. Nancy Gustafson

14. Sylva Olsen

03. Nancy Gustafson

11. Martina Altenberger

06. Lahja Haemaelaeinen

11. Martina Altenberger

NAGANO REGIONAL

GEILO SECTIONAL

01. Tanja Kari

04. Katerina Tepla

01. Tanja Kari

02. Sarah Will

01. Tanja Kari

16. Svetlana Konovalova

01. Tanja Kari

08. Anne Helene Barlund

08. Anne Helene Barlund

09. Liisa Maekelae

04. Katerina Tepla

13. Miyuki Kobayashi

04. Katerina Tepla

05. Magda Amo

05. Magda Amo

12. Alli Hatva

TORONTO SECTIONAL

02. Sarah Will

11. Sonja Gaudet

02. Sarah Will

15. Iuliia Budaleeva

02. Sarah Will

07. Liudmila Vauchok

07. Liudmila Vauchok

10. Miki Matsue

03. Anna Milenina

14. Oleksandra Kononova

03. Anna Milenina

11. Sonja Gaudet

06. Kirsti Pennanen

11. Sonja Gaudet

TURIN REGIONAL

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK SECTIONAL

01. Reinhild Möller

04. Henrieta Farkašová

01. Reinhild Möller

02. Lauren Woolstencroft

01. Reinhild Möller

16. Theres Huser

01. Reinhild Möller

09. Elisabeth Kellner

08. Kaija Tuikkanen

09. Elisabeth Kellner

04. Henrieta Farkašová

13. Wakako Tsuchida

04. Henrieta Farkašová

05. Brigitte Madlener

05. Brigitte Madlener

12. Irene Moillen

PYEONGCHANG SECTIONAL

02. Lauren Woolstencroft

06. Tone Gravvold

02. Lauren Woolstencroft

15. Karin Endsjø

02. Lauren Woolstencroft

07. Marie Bochet

07. Marie Bochet

10. Elena Remizova

03. Birgitta Sund

14. Anne Mette Samdal

03. Birgitta Sund

06. Tone Gravvold

06. Tone Gravvold

11. Kari Aronsen

VANCOUVER REGIONAL

ROME SECTIONAL

01. Verena Bentele

05. Gunilla Ahren

01. Verena Bentele

03. Olena Iurkovska

01. Verena Bentele

16. Kirsti Hooeen

01. Verena Bentele

09. Eva Lemezova

08. Christine Winkler

09. Eva Lemezova

04. Annemie Schneider

13. Mikhalina Lysova

04. Annemie Schneider

05. Gunilla Ahren

05. Gunilla Ahren

12. Petra Merkott

INNSBRUCK SECTIONAL

02. Brit Mjaasund Øjen

03. Olena Iurkovska

02. Brit Mjaasund Øjen

15. Anne Floriet

02. Brit Mjaasund Øjen

07. Pascale Casanova

07. Pascale Casanova

10. Elisabeth Osterwalder

03. Olena Iurkovska

14. Ina Forrest

03. Olena Iurkovska

11. Rachael Battersby

06. Desiree Johansson

11. Rachael Battersby

STOKE MANDEVILLE FINAL ROUNDS

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

01. Tanja Kari

01. Ragnhild Myklebust

01. Reinhild Möller

01. Reinhild Möller

01. Verena Bentele

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