wins gold in Super G
SALT LAKE CITY (CP) -- Lauren Woolstencroft had a lot her
mind as she stood at the gate before her Super-G run Monday
at the Paralympic Games.
On the first day of the Games, the Victoria native crashed
during her run in the downhill, twisting her knee. She was
carted off on a stretcher.
She had no such problems Monday, as the 20-year-old erased
her earlier disappointment with a gold-medal run of one
minute 18.12 seconds.
"When I was in the gate I told myself to forget about
the crash, forget about the disappointment and just go for
it," she said. "I don't really remember much of
the run. I was just going for it and it felt pretty fast.
"It was really ragged but you know, I made it down.
I may have been a little tentative but it felt good."
She was joined on the podium by Karolina Wisniewska of
Calgary, who took the bronze. Sandwiched between the Canadians
was Mary Riddell of the United States.
Woolstencroft has had plenty of success on the World Cup
She was first in both the downhill and Super G at the
2001 World Cup in the U.S. She also distinguished herself
by winning downhill, giant slalom and slalom events at the
2000 world championships in Switzerland.
Despite picking up her second medal of these Games, Wisniewska
was disappointed in her run Monday.
"I had problems with the course today," she
said. "When I crossed the line I knew it wasn't a good
race. I didn't feel I skied my best. I'm a bit of a perfectionist
so though I'm happy for Lauren, I'm not happy with my race."
Wisniewska will race in the slalom and giant slalom --
her best races -- later this week.
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