March 14, 2010
Bourgonje wins Canada's first medal
Vancouver (AFP) - Cross-country skier Colette Bourgonje on Sunday
won Canada's first medal of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games when
she finished second in the 10km (sitting) event.
The 48-year-old from Saskatoon finished in a time of 31min 49.8sec
to add to the bronze she collected over the same distance in Torino
It was her ninth Paralympic medal having won five winter medals
as well as four at the summer Games.
Belarus competitor Liudmila Vauchok took gold in 30min 52.9sec
with Olena Iurkovska of Ukraine claiming bronze in 32min 43.5sec.
"I felt very strong today, the skis were quick. I am happy
and proud to be representing Canada," said Bourgonje, who was
badly-injured in a 1980 car accident.
Bourgonje's next event will be the 5km event on March 18.