Make it five for amazing Paralympian

BOB MACKIN , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:47 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Two Canadian alpine skiers completed their drive for five at the 2010 Winter Paralympics on Saturday.

Skier Lauren Woolstencroft of North Vancouver made Paralympic history when she won her fifth gold medal in the standing super combined at Whistler Creekside. The Calgary native is also the downhill, slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom champion of the Winter Games for athletes with a disability, which end Sunday night at Whistler Village.

Woolstencroft beat Solene Jambaque of France by 6.67 seconds. Karolina Wisniewska of Vancouver collected her second bronze.

"We skipped the last world cup, which some people questioned, but I believed in it and I came here fully rested," Woolstencroft said.

Viviane Forest of Edmonton made her fifth trip to the podium when she won silver with guide Lindsay Debou of Whistler in the visually impaired super combined.

Forest also won gold in downhill, silver in slalom and super giant slalom and bronze in giant slalom.

Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia won gold. Danelle Umstead of the United States skied to bronze.

Canada successfully defended its Paralympic wheelchair curling championship with an 8-7 gold medal win over South Korea at the Vancouver Paralympic Centre.

Skip Jim Armstrong of Richmond, B.C. led Canada to an 8-1 advantage but Haksung Kim’s squad scored six unanswered points in the last four ends. Armstrong executed a takeout with his last rock to end the game.

"It wasn't that we were playing bad in the second half -- they were just making their shots and started whittling away at the lead,” Armstrong said. “I knew we had the game and no matter what, it was going to be left in my hands.”

Lead Sonja Gaudet of Vernon, B.C. is the only remaining member of Canada's Turin 2006 gold medal team.

Alexi Salamone and Taylor Lipsett’s power play goals gave world sledge hockey champion United States a 2-0 gold medal win over underdog Japan. Canada lost 2-1 in the Friday night bronze medal game to Norway.

Bradley Bowden of Orton, Ont., was voted the tournament’s best player. Mississauga, Ontario’s Adam Dixon and Greg Westlake were named to the tournament all-star team.

Russia leads the Paralympics with 30 overall medals, followed by Germany with 23. Canada is third in total medals (18) and gold (9).

The only remaining Paralympic competition is at the Callaghan Valley where six cross-country skiing gold medals will be contested on Sunday.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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