Forest battles injury, elements to gain bronze

BOB MACKIN , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

WHISTLER -- The rain, wind and fog which delayed racing on Creekside weren’t the only challenges Edmonton alpine skier Viviane Forest faced on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old also aggravated a strained groin and vomited after her first giant slalom run at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. She overcame what her guide described as “stabbing pain” to take bronze in the second run of the visually impaired race.

"I think when you are in so much pain, it just feels nauseating,” said Lindsay Debou of Whistler. “It just went to her stomach. My boyfriend made her some homemade chicken soup so she is in better shape after that."

Forest, who also won a silver medal on Sunday in the slalom, gave Canada its seventh medal of the March 12-21 Winter Games for athletes with a disability. The 2009 International Paralympic Committee super-combined champion is scheduled to compete in three more races.

Chris Williamson of Markham, Ont., finished fourth in the men’s race, 0.40 seconds off the podium.

At the Vancouver Paralympic Centre, the Jim Armstrong-skipped Canadian wheelchair curling team returned to its winning ways when it embarrassed Switzerland 15-1 in the midday draw.

The teams were even 1-1 after the second end, but Canada ignited the crowd when it scored 14 unanswered points including a steal of five points in the fourth. Switzerland conceded defeat after Canada scored six in the sixth. The paid attendance was 4,156.

"In Europe we have no guests, they're all behind the glass and it's absolute quiet,” said overwhelmed Swiss third Claudia Huettenmoser. “In Canada, it's really hard. It's a problem to concentrate on our stones."

The 5-1 Canadian team’s only blemish was the 8-4 Monday night loss to Sweden in a rematch of the 2009 world championship held at the same venue. Canada meets Germany and South Korea on Wednesday.

Nordic sports resume Wednesday at the Callaghan Valley as Brian McKeever of Canmore, Alta., will go for gold in the men’s 12.5 kilometre visually impaired biathlon. McKeever won Canada’s first gold of the Games Monday in the 20 km visually impaired cross-country race with brother and guide Robin McKeever.

Skier Lauren Woolstencroft of North Vancouver, who won Monday’s standing slalom gold medal, is scheduled to race the giant slalom on Wednesday. Woolstencroft, who was born without legs below her knees and without a left forearm, was the 2009 IPC world champion in four of the five alpine disciplines.


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