SOCHI, Russia, March 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Team Canada has finished the Sochi
2014 Paralympic Winter Games ranked third among all nations in the gold
medal count, achieving its performance target for these Games. Canadian
athletes won seven gold, two silver and seven bronze medals in Sochi.
"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I'd like to
congratulate Sochi for hosting a spectacular Paralympic Games," said
Canadian Paralympic President Gaétan Tardif. "Athletes, coaches,
friends and families were all treated exceptionally well and will head
home with fond memories from Sochi."
With this performance, Canada has kept its place as a top winter sport
nation following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, where Canada
collected 10 gold medals, five of which were won by a single athlete,
para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft who retired after 2010.
"Canada's veterans performed extremely well in Sochi, collecting
multiple medals," noted Team Canada Chef de Mission Ozzie Sawicki.
"Brian McKeever winning three gold medals and Josh Dueck with a gold
and a silver were outstanding. As well, exciting new talent emerged at
these Games, such as 16-year-old visually-impaired alpine skier Mac
Marcoux, who won a gold and two bronze medals with guide Robin Fémy,
which certainly bodes well for the future."
"Overall, Canada's performance exceeded last year's world rankings,
moving to second from fifth in gold medal standings," added Catherine
Gosselin-Després, the Executive Director, Sport, for the Canadian
Paralympic Committee. "Canada's world-class coaches and support staff
must also be congratulated on this performance. We are very grateful to
all our partners - sport, government and corporate - for their
investment which has made these results possible."
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For full information about Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic
Games, please visit paralympic.ca/team-canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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