Woolstencroft wins, Wisniewska third
WHISTLER, BC, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Lauren Woolstencroft (North Vancouver) captured gold in the women's slalom, standing division and teammate Karolina Wisniewska won bronze as Canada captured its first double podium finish of the Paralympic Winter Games.
Woolstencroft had the best time in both runs, finishing with a combined time of 1:51.97, owning a lead of 6.38 seconds. Wisniewska completed the competition in 1:58.84, just 0.49 seconds behind silver medalist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany. Woolstencroft drew on experience after her first run found her in the lead.
"I've had some experience being in that position, so you know, I kind of looked back on that," she explained. "It was nice to have a couple of delays and get used to seeing the crowd. It's crazy. I have so much family here. It's nice to win on home soil. On my first run, I was pretty focused and I didn't see the crowd. On my second run, I could hear it (the crowd) from the start gate. I just wanted to get to the finish line."
The victory is the fourth Paralympic gold medal for Woolstencroft and sixth medal in total. With her bronze medal performance, Wisniewska owns a total of seven Paralympic medals, dating back to 1998.
The women's slalom marked the first double-podium finish for Canada at these Paralympic Winter Games. Through three days of competition, Canada stands third in overall medal count with six (two gold, three silver, one bronze).
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
PARALYMPIC MEDIA HISTORY FOR KAROLINA WISNIEWSKA
Year Sport Event Medal
1998 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom LW3,4,5/7,6/8 Silver
1998 Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G LW3,4,5/7,6/8 Silver
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill LW3,4,6/8,9 Bronze
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G LW3,4,6/8,9 Bronze
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom LW3,4,9 Silver
2002 Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom LW3,4,9 Silver
2010 Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom standing Bronze
Who: - Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska, Paralympic gold
and bronze medalists respectively from Para-Alpine will be
available to the media.
How: - Accredited media only (photo opportunity) - Whistler Medals
Plaza, Whistler at 19:00 PT.
- All media - Canada Paralympic House (Whistler Public Library)
immediately following medal ceremony.
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