Photo: Kurt Oatway claimed Canada’s second gold medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games PHOTO: CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships)
Canadian Paralympic Team on Day 2: Canada claims gold and bronze medals at PyeongChang 2018
- Kurt Oatway wins Canada’s second gold of the Games
- Alana Ramsay posts a bronze-medal performance in the Super-G
- Canada remains unbeaten in Para ice hockey and wheelchair curling
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, March 11, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Paralympic Team added to its medal count at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday, making it six medals through two days of competition. This puts Canada in second place (tied with France and Ukraine) in total medal count.
Gold – 2
Silver – 1
Bronze – 3
TOTAL – 6
TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY:
- It was a golden day for Kurt Oatway (Calgary, AB), who finished atop the podium in the Super-G for his first Paralympic medal in his second Games. The 34-year-old won in the men’s sitting classification with a time of 1:25.83.
“It’s hard to explain how good I feel right now. Yesterday’s downhill was a big disappointment for me. Coming back and winning the super-G is the best feeling ever. I went from feeling super low, to super high. It’s amazing.” – Kurt Oatway
- Alana Ramsay (Calgary, AB) brought home a bronze in the women’s Super-G standing race for her first Paralympic medal. The result shows the progress the 23-year-old has made since her first Games in Sochi, where she finished 10th in this event as a prospect skier. Finishing just off the podium behind Ramsay was Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC), already a bronze medallist here in the downhill.
“It has been a long four years. Going to Sochi as a prospect was a little different. Now, coming here and having that experience behind me and finally getting on the podium, it really means a lot to me.” – Alana Ramsay
- In other Para alpine news, Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) has just missed the podium in PeyongChang so far. He finished fourth in the Super-G in men’s standing, matching his result from the day prior in downhill.
- In Para nordic skiing, the long distance cross-country sit ski runs took place with Collin Cameron(Sudbury, ON) posting Canada’s best finish, fifth place in men’s 20KM. This comes a day after Cameron won a bronze in biathlon.
- On the ice, the Canadian Para ice hockey team was a force once again, defeating Italy by a score of 10-0. 2014 Sochi bronze medallist Ben Delaney (Ottawa, ON) notched a hat trick, while James Dunn (Wallacetown, ON) and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, NL) each put two goals past the Italian net. Dunn is the youngest member of the team at 17 years old while Hickey is making his Winter Games debut after playing wheelchair basketball for Canada at Rio 2016.
- In wheelchair curling, Canada improved its record to 3-0, staying unbeaten through the first two days of play. The Canadian team came back from a 4-0 deficit after the first two ends to dish out an 8-4 win over Sweden.
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships)