WHISTLER, BC, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced Sunday that para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft (North Vancouver) has been selected as flag bearer for Canada at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Whistler.
"The accomplishments of Lauren during these Paralympics will be relived by Canadians for many years to come," said Blair McIntosh, chef de mission, Team Canada. "She has set a new standard for winter Paralympic athletes and has joined an elite group of historic Canadians in sport. Our team is so proud of Lauren. She has earned this incredible recognition."
Woolstencroft became the most decorated female athlete in a single Winter Paralympic Games when she captured her fifth gold medal in Whistler on Saturday in the super combined event. Throughout the 34-year history of the Winter Paralympics, there have been seven women to win four gold in a single Games.
"Lauren's record-breaking performances have raised the profile of the Paralympic Movement in Canada, said Carla Qualtrough, president, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Through her success on the slopes and her amazing character, Lauren has provided all Canadians with a new role model."
Woolstencroft also tied swimmer Stephanie Dixon and athletics star Chantal Petitclerc as the only three Canadian women to earn five gold medals in a single Paralympics, winter or summer. Woolstencroft now owns 10 medals through three Paralympic Games.
The Closing Ceremonies of the 10th Paralympic Winter Games is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT tonight at Whistler Medals Plaza.
Games Opening Flag Bearer Closing Flag Bearer
2010 - Jean Labonte Lauren Woolstencroft
Vancouver-Whistler (Sledge Hockey) (Para-Alpine)
2006 - Todd Nicholson Colette Bourgonje
Turin, Italy (Sledge hockey) (Para-Nordic)
2002 - Mark Ludbrook Brian and Robin McKeever
Salt Lake City, USA (Para-Alpine) (Para-Nordic)
1998 - Bill Harriott Colette Bourgonje
Nagano, Japan (Para-Alpine) (Para-Nordic)
1994 - Lou Mulvihill Lana Spreeman
Lillehammer, Norway (Sledge Hockey) (Para-Alpine)
1992 - Phil Chew
2010 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES MEDAL COUNT 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 Downhill, Standing Gold
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G, Standing Gold
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined, Standing Gold
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom, Standing Gold
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