Follow my journey as a Students Live reporter through the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

We're on Fire

I think I speak on behalf of all Canadians when I say Lauren Woolstencroft has made us proud. Today marked her fifth gold in a single Paralympic Games, and set a new Paralympic record. And to add to it, she's a North Vancouverite! Lauren competed in the downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and women's super combined and medaled, make that gold medaled in all of them. That doesn't leave much room for improvement in the 2014 Games! This unstoppable skier, skis on prosthetic legs as she was born with no legs from the knee down, and only half an arm on one side. Judging by the speed and grace this young woman skis with, you would have never guessed she was missing so many limbs.

As for Brian McKeever, his disappointing Olympic Games are over and he has moved onto his Paralympic competitions. Brian is at 2 golds for Canada in these Winter Games and with the help of his brother Robyn McKeever as his guide the pair have been unstoppable.

Just like Lauren Woolstennroft, Viviane Forest also has 5 Paralympic medals. Viviane's are not pure gold but she's done amazingly well! Viviane has won a bronze, 3 silver and a gold, all in the alpine events with the help of her guide Lindsay Debou. I witnessed first hand Viviane's bronze in the giant slalom event, and an amazing skier she was. Her calm manner while flying down the hill at top speeds was tremendous.

All together our Canadian athletes have brought us home 9 golds, 5 silvers and 4 bronze to total a whopping 18 Paralympic medals. Just as in the Olympic Games, Canada has been owning the podium and making all Canadians proud!

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