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Paralympics are Canada’s best ever

Woolstencroft wins five gold medals, McKeevers three



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"I thought it was pretty bumpy myself, but the course was really well prepared and I think the course workers did an awesome job and the course actually held up well."

Teammate Karolina Wisniewska had to rerun the course after being flagged down past the halfway point. Teammate Andrea Dziewior crashed in the finish area and was taken away on a stretcher. Wisniewska headed back up to the top to try again. While her second run was better than the first she did tire out before the bottom and dropped off the podium into fifth place. Dziewior was ninth.

In men's visually impaired Chris Williamson and Nick Brush were on pace to win gold, but ended up as a DNF. Williamson crashed after getting too much hang time on the final jump.

"It's been a while since we did a training run and the snow was much faster today than it was eight days ago," said Williamson. "We just went off Hot Air with a little more speed than we had in the past. Because I'm visually impaired I can't see the landing. I opened up when I thought I should open up but for all the extra distance we got it was just too early and I landed back a bit on my tails and couldn't control it."

With no break the athletes were back in action Friday in the super G.

Williamson and Brush placed sixth in the visually impaired group, which was their most disappointing result after winning the world championship super G last year. Forest and Debou earned the silver medal, well back of Slovakian racer Henrieta Farkasova (who earned three gold medals and a silver during the Games).

Jeff Dickson and Matt Hallat were 16 th and 18 th in the men's standing category, while Morgan Perrin placed 20 th and Kirk Schornstein 26 th .

Woolstencroft was perfect once again, this time winning the women's standing category by over five seconds. Wisniewska placed seventh and Melanie Schwartz 14 th .

Josh Dueck led the team in the men's sitting category in 13 th position.

The last event was the super combined.

As expected, Woolstencroft earned her fifth gold medal, this time by an incredible 12 seconds. Rather than play it safe in her second run with seven seconds of breathing room after the opening super G run, Woolstencroft charged the slalom course to extend her lead even further.

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