March 16, 2006
Lauren Woolstencroft of Calgary won gold in the women's standing
giant slalom on Thursday to earn her second medal of the Torino
The 24-year-old's two-run time of 1:57.81 put her
well ahead of Germany's Andrea Rothfuss (1:59.42), who captured
silver, and France's Solene Jambaque (1:59.81), who took bronze.
Arly Fogarty of Montreal was 15th at 2:14.33.
There was confusion after the race ended as the scoreboard in the
finish area wasn't working. Athletes and coaches gathered around
a board on which officials handwrote results before an announcement
was made over loudspeakers that Woolstencroft had won.
"It was very nerve-wrecking for sure," said Woolstencroft.
"To come down and not see anything on the board, I felt like
I had a good run but you never know."
Woolstencroft's win came three days after she captured a silver
medal in the standing super-G. She also came fourth in last Saturday's
Jambaque's bronze was her third medal of the Games after she won
gold in both the downhill and super-G.
Woolstencroft, who was born without legs below both knees and no
left arm below the elbow, now owns three Paralympic medals. She
won gold in the super-G at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
She will have one more chance to add to her medal haul in Turin
when she competes in the standing slalom on Saturday.
With Woolstencroft's gold on Thursday, Canada moved to fifth in
the medal-count standings with nine. Russia leads with 24.
Schoenfelder wins again
Germany's Gerd Schoenfelder captured his third medal — and
second gold — of the Torino Paralympic Games on Thursday,
winning the men's standing giant slalom.
Schoenfelder also won gold in last Saturday's standing downhill
and silver in Monday's super-G and now owns 16 Paralympic medals.
Schoenfelder's two-run time of 1:48.610 on Thursday put him 1.32
seconds ahead of Japan's Masahiko Tokai, who took silver, and 2.21
seconds in front of Switzerland's Pfyl Thomas, who claimed bronze.
Matthew Hallat of Coquitlam, B.C., the lone Canadian in the field
of 66, finished 32nd at 18.02 seconds behind the winner.