By James Crook

398085 435906959816526 1895428058 nFebruary 27 - The 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Alpine Skiing Championships ended with the team event today in La Molina as France finished top of the medal table for the second consecutive championships, thanks largely to five gold medal-winning star Marie Bochet.

The team event was a non-medal competition, featuring high-speed ski cross for the first time, which was won by Austria, followed by the United States and France in second and third respectively.

"This event has combined exceptional planning and hard work from the Organising Committee with incredible performances from athletes and guides on an elite level," said chair of the IPC Alpine Skiing Sport Technical Committee Sylvia Mestre in her speech at the Closing Ceremony.

"Around 120 athletes from 28 different countries proved their strength with some sensational finishes on the slopes of Catalunya."

The 19-year-old Bochet was undoubtedly the star of the Championships, taking gold in all five of the events she competed in.

97703146Claudia Loesch won three gold medals the 2013 IPC World Alpine Skiing Championships

Spain's Jon Santacana wtih guide Miguel Galindo Garces, Russia's Alexandra Frantseva with Pavel Zabotin, Austria's Claudia Loesch and Japan's Taiki Morii all put in superb performances over the week, taking three gold medals each in their respective classes.

There was also a first world title for Austrian Matthias Lanzinger, who lost his leg in a skiing accident five years ago, in the men's standing super-combined on Monday (February 25).

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