Mac Marcoux, guided by brother BJ, provided the perfect start for the host nation by taking visually impaired downhill gold on the opening day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Championships in Panorama.
The Canadian, who won giant slalom gold as well as downhill and Super G bronze at last year's Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics, had been in dominant form throughout the season and duly continued his successful streak in the year's showpiece event.
Paralympic silver medallist Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia and guide Maros Hudik took bronze in 1:32.12.
"We just skied, see what happens," said the winner afterwards.
"There's such a good surface on the hill, I'm pretty stoked."
In the corresponding women's race, there was a first world title for Australia's Melissa Perrine, as she set a time of 1:45.80 with guide Andrew Bor to defeat Danielle Umstead of the US and Aleksandra Frantceva of Russia.
But the shock of the day came in the women's sitting event, where Claudia Loesch produced a stunning run to defeat German Paralympic champion Anna Schaffelhuber, who finished third after also being beaten by Momoko Muraoka of Japan.
"It's the last cornerstone of my career," said the 26-year-old Austrian winner afterwards.
"I knew at the start that I just had to ski it and rock it.
I am just so happy and relieved right now, I'm close to tears, It was amazing."
Elsewhere, 17-year-old Russian star Alexey Bugaev eased to gold in the men's event, beating Austria's Matthias Lanzinger and compatriot Alexander Vetrov into the respective minor medal positions.
Races continue tomorrow with the six Super G competitions, with the Championships, featuring over 100 athletes from 23 countries, set to continue until Tuesday (March 10).
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