Paralympics: Woolstencroft adds second gold


Canadian Paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft (slalom gold medalist) scored her second gold medal of the Vancouver Games today in the women’s standing giant slalom event to successfully defend the gold she won in the discipline at the 2006 Torino Games.

Woolstencroft, who had the fastest time in both of today’s runs, had a combined time of 2:34.03 to pull in the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team’s sixth medal of these Games, surpassing their Torino haul of five with many more medals still to be awarded.

More than seven and half seconds back was silver medalist Andrea Rothfuss (the silver medalist in the slalom) with a time of 2:41.63. Slovakian Petra Smarzova was only three hundredths of a second behind Rothfuss to collect the bronze.

The win marks Woolstencroft’s fifth career Paralympic gold and her seventh overall.

“Giant slalom is one of my favorite events so I’m really happy with what happened today and repeating what I did in Torino,” said Woolstencroft, who was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knees. “I’m obviously happy that I was able to win two races in a row and I definitely hope to keep on going. I haven’t had a good World Cup season. I lost a lot of races so that just motivated me coming here.”

Canadian Karolina Wisniewska just missed the podium in fourth with a time of 2:44.03.

American Allison Jones led the U.S. in ninth place after finishing the first run only 1.19 seconds behind Rothfuss.

The three-time Paralympian nearly fell during her second run while attempting to climb the result sheet.

“That was it,” said Jones. “I threw an aggressive run and lost it. That’s what you do in the sport, you go or blow. I’d rather go out proud than take it easy and not fall.”

German Gerd Schonfelder claimed his 15th career Paralympic gold on the men’s side with a two-run combined time of 2:23.93. Austrian Robert Meusberger earned the silver ahead of France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel with the bronze medal.

Bradley Wasburn led all North American men in 16th place.

“I was going for it on that run,” said Washburn after his second run. “I felt like I didn’t have too big of mistakes on that run. It was pretty good for me. The course was holding up a lot better than the first run. I think they put some salt down or something. The course was a lot smoother, for me at least. I felt like I skied it a lot better than my first run.”

“The GS was tough,” said U.S. Adaptive Alpine Head Coach Ray Watkins. “The course conditions were rough and bumpy, but you know what? We can make all the excuses that we want, but this is the Paralymic Games and this is the chance you have to get it done. Either you do or you don’t.  Tomorrow’s the downhill. I like our chances there. Today is over, so we move on and go forward.”

The top Canadian was Jeff Dickson in 18th place.

Paralympic alpine racing will continue in Whistler with men’s and women’s downhill races in all three categories.

Images by Gepa.

Women’s Results

1 15 Canada

WOOLSTENCROFT Lauren

2:34.03

2 13 Germany

ROTHFUSS Andrea

2:41.60

3 14 Slovakia

SMARZOVA Petra

2:41.63

4 12 Canada

WISNIEWSKA Karolina

2:44.03

5 11 Slovakia

CHLEBAKOVA Iveta

2:45.05

6 8 France

JAMBAQUE Solene

2:45.93

7 10 France

BOCHET Marie

2:46.77

8 7 Italy

CORRADINI Melania

2:48.28

9 9 United States

JONES Allison

2:52.26

10 6 Austria

PERTERER Marina

2:54.01

11 4 Canada

FOGARTY Arly

2:55.58

12 3 Canada

SCHWARTZ Melanie

2:59.47

13 2 Russian Federation

KUDYAKOVA Elena

2:59.56

14 1 Romania

VALEANU Laura

3:06.04

15 16 United States

PENNINGTON Hannah

3:18.40

16 17 Greece

CHRISTODOULOPOULOU Paraskevi

4:52.54

5 Switzerland

FASEL Karin

Did not finish

Men’s Results

1 15 Germany

SCHONFELDER Gerd

2:23.92

2 12 Austria

MEUSBURGER Robert

2:26.08

3 14 France

GAUTHIER-MANUEL Vincent

2:26.33

4 13 Austria

MANDL Hubert

2:27.22

5 10 France

BRUN Lionel

2:27.43

6 11 Australia

RAHLES-RAHBULA Cameron

2:29.07

7 7 Switzerland

PFYL Thomas

2:29.08

8 9 Switzerland

BRUGGER Michael

2:29.19

9 5 Japan

MISAWA Hiraku

2:30.65

10 6 Australia

KANE Toby

2:31.03

11 8 Austria

AUER Manfred

2:32.66

12 4 Australia

GOURLEY Mitchell

2:33.03

13 3 Czech Republic

LOSKA Stanislav

2:33.28

14 1 France

AMAFROI-BROISAT Cedric

2:33.48

15 2 Slovakia

FRANCE Martin

2:33.67

16 17 United States

WASHBURN Bradley

2:34.85

17 16 Russian Federation

ALYABYEV Alexandr

2:36.14

18 18 Slovakia

CUPKA Martin

2:38.18

18 19 Canada

DICKSON Jeff

2:38.18

20 21 Japan

INOUE Shinji

2:38.79

21 20 Canada

PERRIN Morgan

2:39.46

22 24 Austria

FALCH Martin

2:40.39

23 23 Italy

LANTSCHNER Hansjoerg

2:41.21

24 22 France

CAUL-FUTY Laurent

2:41.97

25 25 Canada

SCHORNSTEIN Kirk

2:45.38

25 27 Poland

SZCZESNY Andrzej

2:45.38

27 26 United States

SANSONETIS George

2:45.42

28 29 United States

WHITNEY John

2:47.17

29 30 United States

GREEN Ralph

2:48.96

30 31 Poland

KLOS Michal

2:50.02

31 32 South Africa

WARNER Bruce

2:52.09

32 28 United States

JANSING Ian

2:52.79

33 33 Croatia

PESJAK Zlatko

2:57.67

34 34 Hungary

KOLESZAR Balazs

2:57.87

35 35 Australia

WATTS Nicholas

3:23.77

36 36 Croatia

DADIC Mario

3:25.37

37 37 Ukraine

KRAVITZ Ievgen

3:30.35

38 38 Chile

MIGUELES Jorge

3:34.98

39 39 Bosnia & Herzegovina

MEMIC Nijaz

3:43.05

40 40 Greece

PAPAVASILEIOU Ioannis

4:10.19

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