skier wins second bronze
March 18, 2006
Canada's Colette Bourgonje won her second medal of the Winter Paralympic
Games, claiming a bronze in the women's sitting 10-kilometre cross-country
Bourgonje finished in 32 minutes,18.8 seconds, which
was one minute 24.8 behind gold medallist Liudmilla Vauchok of Belarus.
Earlier in the Games, Bourgonje captured the bronze in the 5-km
"For me to get on the podium in this group of Ukrainians and
Russians and Belarus was huge, so I'm very happy to be on the podium,"
Bourgonje said after Saturday's race.
"It was a tough race. I worked it hard. I tried not to go
out like a rabbit and I think I paced this race better than I paced
[my others]. It was a long race," said the part-time Grade
4 teacher. "It was exciting right to the end."
Bourgonje, 44, attributed her success in part to her new sled.
Bourgonje, who is from Saskatoon, is a former national-level cross-country
runner who became a paraplegic after a car accident.
The Torino Paralympics are her fifth Games. The two bronze medals
she has won there are her first since she captured two silver medals
at the 1998 Nagano Games.