WHISTLER, BC, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Lauren Woolstencroft (North Vancouver) has done it again at the Paralympic Winter Games. The 28-year-old captured gold in the women's giant slalom, standing division with a time of 2:11.50 at Whistler Creekside on Wednesday. The win marks the fifth career Paralympic gold medal for Woolstencroft and seventh medal in total. She becomes the first double gold medalist for Canada in this sport at either 2010 Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games.
"Giant slalom is one of my favourite events and I'm happy to win today and to repeat from Torino," said Woolstencroft. "I feel great with how I'm skiing. I have potential to medal in every event. I think I feel strong."
Woolstencroft seemed to fly in first run with a time of 1:15.62, building a 5.11 second lead on the competition heading into the final run. Her second run of 1:18.41 was still two seconds quicker than any other run on the hill. She joins biathlon athletes Verena Bentele of Germany and Anna Burmistrova of Russia as the only females at the Paralympics to earn double gold.
Karolina Wisniewska (Vancouver), who earned a bronze medal in the ladies slalom on Monday, finished fourth in the giant slalom, missing the podium by 2.4 seconds. Arly Fogarty and Melanie Schwartz finished 11th and 12th respectively.
After Wednesday's competition, Canada is tied with Germany for most para-alpine medals at these Games with six.
Canada improved to 6-1 in the wheelchair curling standings with an 8-6 win over Germany. The home team stole four in the third end and built a 6-1 lead. Germany scored three in the seventh end to make the game interesting but could only put one point on the scoreboard in the last end. The Germans were more accurate on the ice Wednesday, outpacing Canada 56% to 53% but could not capitalize.
Led by skip Jim Armstrong, Canada will face Japan tonight before closing our pool play on Thursday against Italy.
Para-nordic skier Jody Barber finished in an impressive seventh spot in the women's 12.5-kilometre biathlon standing competition on Wednesday. Barber, a resident of Smithers, BC, clocked a time of 51:06.5 for her second Top 10 finish at the Paralymics. She was forced to react quickly when she experienced an equipment malfunction.
"I'm really happy with my race and how I paced it out there," said Barber. "On my final shooting, my rifle jammed. I couldn't see anything and it was all black and we had to fiddle around with that for a while and then used a spare that I hadn't zeroed in on and it was right-handed (Barber shoots left) so it was extremely awkward for me. I miraculously shot clean with that, but definitely lost time there."
The Canadian sledge hockey team practiced Wednesday in preparation for their semifinal game against Japan on Thursday at 12:00 PT. The game will be televised live on Rogers Sportsnet and RIS.
PARALYMPIC MEDIA HISTORY FOR LAUREN WOOLSTENCROFT
Year Sport Event Medal
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom LW3,4,9 Bronze
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom LW3,4,9 Gold
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G LW3,4,6/8,9 Gold
2006 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom standing Gold
2006 Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G standing Silver
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom standing Gold
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant slalom standing Gold
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