WHISTLER, BC, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Lauren Woolstencroft (North Vancouver) has become the most decorated female athlete in a single Winter Paralympic Games. She won the super combined by more than 12 seconds on Saturday to close out her para-alpine competition having won every event she raced.
"I am a competitor, I always want to race my best and it was a bit of a tricky course so I had to be super focused. At the same time I knew I had to get down so I needed to ski a smart run. Obviously super happy and surprised with the outcome," said Woolstencroft.
"I never thought I would actually win the five medals. The biggest challenge here was to ski your best day after day. I am mentally fried right now, today my only focus was the race and I am pretty mentally tired. I had great confidence coming in and I was super prepared. I knew I had the potential but you can never know what is going to happen," added Woolstencroft. "I don't know if all of this has set in yet, I am just kind of surprised still."
In the 34-year history of the Winter Paralympics, there have been seven women to win four gold in a single Games, the last being Ragnhild Myklebust (Norway) in cross country and Sarah Hill (USA) in alpine during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
"Lauren has established herself as the golden athlete of these Games," said Blair McIntosh, chef de mission, Team Canada. "She is in a class of her own at the Winter Games and I join the nation in congratulating her on this remarkable display of world-class athleticism."
Woolstencroft also ties 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.
The 28-year-old has Canadian company in the five medals category at these Games. Vivian Forest (Edmonton) and guide Lindsay Debou collected a silver today in the super combined, visually impaired, to complete her mission of winning a medal in all five events entered.
Competition ends Sunday with para-nordic events and the closing ceremonies are scheduled for 19:00 PT.
2010 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES MEDAL COUNT FOR LAUREN WOOLSTENCROFT
Sport Event Medal
Alpine Skiing Downhill, Standing Gold
Alpine Skiing Super-G, Standing Gold
Alpine Skiing Slalom, Standing Gold
Alpine Skiing Super Combined, Standing Gold
Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom, Standing Gold
2010 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES MEDAL COUNT FOR VIVIAN FOREST
Sport Event Medal
Alpine Skiing Downhill, Visually Impaired Gold
Alpine Skiing Super-G, Visually Impaired Silver
Alpine Skiing Slalom, Visually Impaired Silver
Alpine Skiing Super Combined, Visually Impaired Silver
Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired Bronze
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