Salmon Arm's Natalie Wilkie wins her first Paralympic gold


Team Ukraine got off to a flying start, winning five medals in biathlon on the first day of competition at the 12th Paralympic Games being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, on March 9-18. We support them at major events like the Paralympic Games, in their daily lives, and by removing barriers to physical activity and high-performance sport.

"Seeing Emily ahead of me, she basically pulled me around the course on the last lap, yelling at me", Hudak said.

Evan Strong competes in the banked slalom event Friday at the Winter Paralympics in Jeongseon, South Korea. "I wasn't really thinking about where I was in order, I was just proud of my riding, that I stood it up and was fast".

"After finishing third after the first run I never expected I would win gold", said the delighted Croatian, who dedicated the medal to his wife Barbara and daughter Vita.

"All week, every time I step on that podium, I was thinking to myself that I want to hear those words "Paralympic champion" and then my name, and then hear the anthem", Arendz said.

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Canada is guaranteed another medal Sunday when the hockey team battles the rival Americans for gold. The Neutral Paralympic Athletes also have 24 medals.

She will lead the 74-member U.S. team at the Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Arendz, who lost his left arm after he toppled into a grain auger on his family farm at the age of seven, missed gold four years ago in Sochi by just seven tenths of a second. The Russian finished in 37:42.6, with a flawless performance.

"The gold medal day, I woke up and said, "hey, this is kind of east coast weather" - a little bit of rain, a little bit of snow, freezing, a little bit of ice and then warm temperatures right after - so I felt right at home in that kind of weather and that kind of conditions". Collin Cameron of Canada took bronze at 50:59.1.

Two-time Paralympian Dan Cnossen also continued his unbelievable streak at these Games by winning his sixth medal in six events, a silver in the men's sitting 7.5K cross-country race.