Lauren Woolstencroft makes history with five consecutive gold medals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 22, 2010 10:45 am

Lauren Woolstencroft of the Olympic Para-Alpine ski team has made history this past weekend by taking home her fifth consecutive gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

The Canadian Paralympic ski team in general also performed well, winning 13 of the country’s 18 medals. This beats the previous record of 12 medals.

That fifth medal makes Woolstencroft the most decorated female athlete from any country at a single Winter Paralympic Games. “I am a competitor, I always want to race my best and it was a bit of a tricky course so I had to be super focused. At the same time I knew I had to get down so I needed to ski a smart run. Obviously I’m super happy and surprised with the outcome,” said the 28-year-old Woolstencroft, who was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knees.

“I never though I would actually win the five medals. The biggest challenge here was to ski your best day after day. I am mentally fried right now, today my only focus was the race and I am pretty mentally tired. I had great confidence coming in and I was super prepared. I knew I had the potential but you can never know what is going to happen,” added Woolstencroft. “I don’t know if all of this has set in yet, I am just kind of surprised still.”

2010 Paralympic Winter Games
Whistler Creekside, BC – March 20, 2010
Super Combined

Men’s Standing
Gold: Gerd Schonfelder, Germany, 2:11.84
Silver: Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, France, 2:12.04
Bronze: Cameron Rahles-Rahbula, Austria, 2:13.85
4. Robert Meusburger, Austria, 2:14.00
5. Lionel Brun, France, 2:15.34

Men’s Sitting
Gold: Martin Braxenthaler Germany, 2:10.16
Silver: Jurgen Egle, Austria, 2:12.80
Bronze: Philipp Bonadimann, Austria, 2:12.96
4. Taiki Morii, Japan, 2:13.99
5. Takeshi Suzuki, Japan, 2:15.90

Men’s Visually Impaired
Gold: Jakub Krako, Slovakia, 2:14.61
Silver: Gianmaria Dal Maistro, Italy, 2:16.18
Bronze: Miroslav Haraus, Slovakia, 2:16.31
4. Chris Williamson, Canada, 2:18.42
4. Nicolas Berejny, France, 2:18.42

Women’s Standing
Gold: Lauren Woolstencroft, Canada, 2:22.67
Silver: Solene Jambaque, Italy, 2:34.82
Bronze: Karolina Wisniewska, Canada, 2:35.4
7 4. Marie Bochet, Italy, 2:36.14
5. Allison Jones, Winter Park, CO, 2:36.73

Women’s Sitting
Gold: Stephani Victor, Park City, UT, 2:40.71
Silver: Claudia Loesch, Austria, 2:44.28
Bronze: Alana Nichols, Farmington, NM, 2:47.54
4. Anna Schaffelhuber, Germany, 2:52.84
5. Laurie Stephens, Wenham, MA, 2:53.01

Women’s Visually Impaired
Gold: Henrieta Farkasova, Slovakia, 2:34.61
Silver: Viviane Forest, Canada, 2:35.94
Bronze: Anna Kuliskova, Czech Republic, 1:38.02
4. Anna Cohifornell, Spain, 2:51.85
5. Natasha de Troyer, Belgium, 2:53.45