|By PR Newswire||
|March 9, 2014 10:14 AM EDT||
Marcoux overcomes radio malfunction with sheer determination
SOCHI, Russia, March 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Visually impaired skier Mac Marcoux, guided by Robin Fémy, gave a whole new meaning to skiing blind by earning his second bronze medal of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday in men's super-G despite not being able to communicate with his guide, while teammate Caleb Brousseau won bronze in the sitting category - the first Paralympic medal of his career.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.'s Marcoux, who kicked off Canada's medal count in Sochi with a bronze in men's downhill on Saturday, was ready to push out of the start gate when he realized his radio headset - on which he relies to communicate with guide Fémy - had stopped working. With no central vision and only six per cent peripheral vision, Marcoux attempted to hear cues from Fémy, sking ahead, who tried his best to shout instructions.
Unable to hear Fémy while travelling at more than 100 kilometres per hour, Marcoux, 16, demonstrated incredible composure and pushed through his run using instinct and what little vision he has to earn bronze. Marcoux was just nine-hundredths of a second off of the gold medal position.
"When I realized what happened with the radios it was a little bit scary, but I got it together and just did the best I could in the situation," said Marcoux, who finished with a time of one minute, 20.77 seconds. "I'm super happy it worked out. Bronze like this? I can't believe it."
Fémy said he felt an extra sense of responsibility when the radios stopped working.
"I've never yelled so hard in my life," he said. "We had to stay as tight as we could and just have the best run possible. We train for this kind of thing, but for Mac to keep his composure and ski to bronze in this situation is incredible. I'm so impressed."
With less than ten-hundredths of a second separating the gold and bronze medal winners in super-G, Marcoux said he feels hungrier than ever to go for gold in his three remaining events and hear the Canadian anthem play.
"It's a little bittersweet knowing I was so close, but it makes me feel ready to give 'er in the next races," he said.
Slovakia's Jakub Krako won the men's visually impaired division (1:20.58), while Mark Bathum of the United States claimed silver (1:20.71).
Caleb Brousseau, of Terrace, B.C., also earned bronze (1:22.05), realizing a Paralympic dream that was sparked by watching the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics.
"My mind is just blown right now," he said after the race. "My heart is hardly staying inside of my chest cavity. This is absolutely amazing and I'm stoked to have ramped things up this hard. I can't wait to step on the podium."
Brousseau, who was the ninth racer out of the gate in the sitting category, faced a nerve-wracking wait in the leader box as he watched more than two-thirds of the field try unsuccessfully to reach the podium.
"I'm amazed that I still have skin on my fingers! I was so nervous watching everyone coming down," he said of winning his first Paralympic medal. "This result makes me feel really good about my skiing. I think it really sets me up to push things even further. There's so much our team can do on this hill."
Josh Dueck, of Kimberley, B.C., who won silver in Saturday's men's downhill, was poised for gold for the second day in a row when a lightening-fast run ended with a heart-wrenching crash at the final gate. Dueck posted split times equal to the gold medal finisher Akira Kano of Japan (1:19.51), but he caught an edge just before the finish line.
"It was actually fantastic," said Dueck of his skiing. "I was one turn away from having a great run. You've got to be happy with that. Right now I'm really happy for our team.
"Obviously I left something behind on the hill today, and I'd like to find it," he added of getting ready to race super combined on Tuesday. "Heck yes, I'm ready."
The silver medal in the men's sitting category went to Taiki Morii of Japan (1:21.60).
Calgary, Alta.'s Kurt Oatway was ninth in the men's sitting division with a time of 1:29.10, and Kirk Schornstein, of Spruce Grove, Alta. Was 13th in the men's standing category (1:27.83). Standing skiers Matt Hallat, from Coquitlam, B.C., and Braydon Luscombe, of Duncan, B.C., did not finish their runs.
Next up is Monday's women's super-G, which will feature standing skiers Alexandra Starker and Alana Ramsay, both of Calgary, Alta., and Erin Latimer, from Etobicoke, Ont.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Media are invited to visit photos.paralympic.ca and create an account to be able to download high-resolution photos of Canadian Paralympic athletes at any time, at no cost.
For full information about Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, please visit paralympic.ca/team-canada.
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
Advances in technology and ubiquitous connectivity have made the utilization of a dispersed workforce more common. Whether that remote team is located across the street or country, management styles/ approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate this new dynamic. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., focused on the challenges of managing remote teams, providing real-world examples that demonstrate what works and what do...
Feb. 6, 2016 08:00 AM EST Reads: 155
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection.
Feb. 6, 2016 07:45 AM EST Reads: 116
Father business cycles and digital consumers are forcing enterprises to respond faster to customer needs and competitive demands. Successful integration of DevOps and Agile development will be key for business success in today’s digital economy. In his session at DevOps Summit, Pradeep Prabhu, Co-Founder & CEO of Cloudmunch, covered the critical practices that enterprises should consider to seamlessly integrate Agile and DevOps processes, barriers to implementing this in the enterprise, and pr...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:30 AM EST Reads: 265
In most cases, it is convenient to have some human interaction with a web (micro-)service, no matter how small it is. A traditional approach would be to create an HTTP interface, where user requests will be dispatched and HTML/CSS pages must be served. This approach is indeed very traditional for a web site, but not really convenient for a web service, which is not intended to be good looking, 24x7 up and running and UX-optimized. Instead, talking to a web service in a chat-bot mode would be muc...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:30 AM EST Reads: 146
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:15 AM EST Reads: 118
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Feb. 6, 2016 05:00 AM EST Reads: 312
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
Feb. 5, 2016 09:00 PM EST Reads: 753
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
Feb. 5, 2016 04:00 PM EST Reads: 114
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...
Feb. 5, 2016 04:00 PM EST
With microservices, SOA and distributed architectures becoming more popular, it is becoming increasingly harder to keep track of where time is spent in a distributed application when trying to diagnose performance problems. Distributed tracing systems attempt to address this problem by following application requests across service boundaries, persisting metadata along the way that provide context for fine-grained performance monitoring.
Feb. 5, 2016 03:45 PM EST Reads: 770
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Feb. 5, 2016 03:00 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
Feb. 5, 2016 02:45 PM EST Reads: 104
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
Feb. 5, 2016 02:30 PM EST Reads: 695
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
Feb. 5, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 329
SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deli...
Feb. 5, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 313