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Paralympics are Canada’s best ever

Woolstencroft wins five gold medals, McKeevers three

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"I'm a competitor and I always want to race my best," explained Woolstencroft. "It's a difficult course so you have to be super-focused. I think I skied a smart run, and I'm happy but surprised with the time gap."

The fact that she's earned a place in the Paralympic record books had not set in for Woolstencroft, but she said she entered the Games prepared and well-rested.

"I had the potential, but you never know what's going to happen," she said. "(Record books) were never my target, I'm not a big record person. It's always about me and pushing myself and being competitive, but to be behind those athletes (wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc and swimmer Stephanie Dixon) is an accomplishment."

Two spots back, Karolina Wisniewska earned her second bronze medal of the Paralympic Games.

"I didn't really have high expectations, but when I had a great run in super G I was like, 'okay, there's a chance,' and that got me nervous," she said, smiling ear to ear. "I didn't think (my slalom run) was that great, it was bumpy and didn't feel great but sometimes those are the best runs."

Melanie Schwartz was 10 th in the women's standing category.

Forest and Debou picked up the silver medal, again behind Hentrieta Farkasova of Slovakia.

Forest said they were aiming for gold, but she was happy to have met her goal of five medals.

"I'm pretty exhausted (after four days of racing). We had to dig pretty deep in the super G this morning and we tried hard in the slalom and never gave up at all," she said. "I don't really have the words right now."

Forest announced her goal of five podiums before her training injury and was relieved that she could still ski at a high level.

"When I injured myself in training camp it started to play with my brain, I wasn't sure I'd be able to perform. I'm so happy with what I was able to accomplish."

Forest now has five Winter Paralympic medals to go with her two summer Paralympic silver medals for goal ball, a visually-impaired team sport.

It was a tough day for the other racers. None of the Canadian men qualified for a second run in the standing category, while Josh Dueck went off course in the slalom.

 

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