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Paralympics are Canada’s best ever

Woolstencroft wins five gold medals, McKeevers three



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The topic of classification - the method by which the International Paralympic Committee levels the playing field between disabled athletes by adjusting times - came up repeatedly during the Winter Games. Hallat says the system is generally fair for his category but doesn't take into account conditions. For example, he is missing one leg below the knee and has chosen to compete as a mono skier on one ski while others in his category may be missing arms or using prosthetics. Those skiers can have an advantage when a course is soft and rough.

"When the snow stays hard for the entire field it's pretty fair, but when it gets soft it changes everything," he said. "The big guys really power the course but when it's soft they can't power it the same way, while it might help the other guys with weaker legs because they can hold their edges more."

Morgan Perrin was 15 th while Josh Dickson was a DNF.

In visually impaired, Forest and Debou had a solid run from start to finish, although Forest fell in the finish area after catching an edge.

"My goal is to have one gold and podium five times, and to get that gold in the downhill means so much because it's such a difficult course here," said Forest.

As a visually impaired athlete the only thing she could see on the way down was Debou's yellow bib, although the two skiers are in constant communication by two-way radio.

Still, the two skiers felt comfortable at speeds over 100 km/h, despite the lack of training runs.

"For our preparation we did a lot of visualization last night," explained Debou. "We looked through our videos, through other people's videos, we've gone through it in our minds, so basically it's like we skied it 300 times. We went through it together in the morning, and we're actually in our tucks pretending we're skiing the course in real time."

"I dream about that course all night long," added Forest. "I raced it so many times in my head, and Lindsay knows that hill so well that even when it's foggy she knows where she's going."

Woolstencroft won the women's standing event by four and a half seconds, earning her first Paralympic medal in the discipline.

"I was fourth in Torino, I crashed in Salt Lake so it's nice to get one," she said.

While she made it look easy, she assured reporters that it was anything but.

"It was eight days since our downhill training so I had to dust off my memory of the course," she said. "We've been skiing tech events in slush, so it was a little different feeling going out there with all that speed.

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