wins bronze medal
Karolina Wisniewska of Calgary and Daniel Wesley of New
Westminster, B.C., have both won bronze medals in alpine
skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games.
Wisniewska won her bronze in the standing downhill (LW3,4,6,8
class) in a time of one minute 32.19 seconds.
"Everyone knows I'm not a downhiller," said Wisniewska,
a double silver-medallist at the 1998 Nagano Paralympics.
"I told myself to be aggressive at the start and then
be patient throughout the race."
Wisniewska battled to stay mentally focused before her
race. While she was in the holding area waiting for her
start, she learned that her best friend and teammate Lauren
Woolstencroft of Victoria crashed on course, suffering a
"It was really hard for me to focus," said Wisniewska.
"We were waiting so long in the holding area that I
thought the injury had to have been severe."
Dr. Gaetan Tardif, Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian
team, said Woolstencroft hadn't broken any bones, but would
undergo an MRI.
Wesley, who won Canada's only gold medal in Nagano, scooped
up bronze in the men's standing downhill (LW12 class) in
one minute 23.20 seconds.
"It was tough to pick up speed out there, but it was
nice to be able to put it together today in front of my
family," said Wesley.
Stacy Kohut of Canmore, Alta, finished fifth in 1:23.67,
while Scott Patterson of Vancouver, finished 15th in 1:42.99.
In men's sledge hockey competition, Canada fell to 1-1
after a surprising 5-1 loss to the United States.
Sylvester Flis had a hat trick to lead the American squad,
which peppered the Canadian goaltenders with 17 shots.
Starter Pierre Pichette was pulled after allowing three
goals on seven shots in the first period. Paul Rosen finished
the game, stopping eight of 10 shots.
Todd Nicholson had the lone goal for Canada. Dany Verner
picked up an assist on the goal.
"What can I say?" Canadian coach Tom Goodings
asked. "We were totally unprepared and overconfident.
They outplayed us in every facet of the game."
The pressure will be on Team Canada when they face Estonia
In other sledge hockey games, Norway hammered Sweden 8-3
and Estonia trimmed Japan 2-1.
Also on Saturday:
Ian Balfour of Pincher Creek, Alta., finished fourth in
the LW6/8 class, in 1:25.60.
Mark Ludbrook of Whistler, B.C., finished ninth in the
LW4 class, in 1:28.01.
Gord Tuck of Lake Cowichan, B.C., finished 10th in the
LW2 class event, in one minute 30.58 seconds.
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