B.C.'s Sonja Gaudet carrying Canada's flag as Paralympics open
A man from Vernon, B.C., says he will be glued to the television Friday when his wife serves as Canada's flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Dan Gaudet's wife, Sonja Gaudet, is a wheelchair curler with two Paralympic gold medals and three world championships to her name. Gaudet says he learned his wife would be carrying the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies on Tuesday — 12 hours before the official announcement.
"I was sworn to secrecy, so of course it was a long night of no sleep," he said.
Born in North Vancouver, Sonja Gaudet fell from a horse and severed her spinal cord 16 years ago. Since then, the 47-year-old has become the most decorated wheelchair curler in history.
"She's spent every day since her accident trying to empower herself and empower other people with disabilities," said Dan Gaudet.
"I couldn't have thought of a better person to represent her country."
He said he will be watching the opening ceremonies on Friday at home with their son and daughter.
"We'll probably just have our kids and just watch it at home, and have a family, have some family time, and cheer Canada on. I look forward to it."
Canada's Paralympic curling team takes to the ice on Saturday when it competes against Great Britain.
"They'll have a great experience and hopefully bring home another gold for Canada," said Dan Gaudet.
With files from the CBC's Farrah Merali