Canada takes 3 silver medals at Paralympics

Make it three medals for Canada at the Paralympic Games.

Colette Bourgonje captured Canada’s first medal Sunday, then

Viviane Forest and Josh Dueck added to the country’s medal haul a

little later.

Bourgonje won a silver medal in the women’s 10-kilometer sit-ski

cross-country, finishing the race in 31 minutes 49.8 seconds to

become the first Canadian to win a Paralympic medal on home


“Wow, I’m shocked and I can’t believe it,” the 48-year-old

Paralympian said. “Age is nothing, attitude is everything and I

lived by that today.”

The only Canadian athlete to have competed in all five

Paralympic Winter Games to go along with four Summer Paralympics,

Bourgonje was on pace to win gold before crashing on the second of

three laps.

“I am still racing because I wanted to compete at a Paralympics

in Canada and I’m just so proud to have done this in front of all

Canadians,” she said. “I share this medal with the entire


Liudmila Vauchok of Belarus won the gold in 30:52.9, while Olena

Iurkovska of Ukraine was third in 32:43.5.

Austria’s Sabine Gasteiger won the women’s slalom for the

visually impaired in 2:00.56, with Forest winning a silver in

2:01.45. Forest plans to ski in four more events. Her goal is to

win at least one gold and be on the podium in every race.

Australia’s Jessica Gallagher and her guide were third in


Germany’s Martin Braxenthaler won the gold in men’s slalom

sit-ski in 1:41.63, with Canada’s Dueck taking the silver in

1:46.29. Austria’s Philipp Bonadimann won bronze with a time of


“Bronze, silver, I’m on the podium. This is the best feeling I

could ever hope for.”

Dueck is a former freestyle skier and coach who didn’t begin

sit-skiing until he suffered a spinal cord injury landing a jump in

March 2004.

In wheelchair curling, Canada made its last rock count with a

5-4 win over Norway. Skip Jim Armstrong put his last shot on the

four foot, and Norway’s Rune Lorentsen failed to match.

With the win, Canada improve to 3-0; Norway dropped to 1-2.

In sledge hockey, Greg Westlake scored a hat trick and added two

assists as Canada beat Sweden 10-1.