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
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
“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
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.