Canada made it a perfect three for three in Paralympic wheelchair curling on Saturday, capturing its third straight gold medal with a resounding 8-3 win over arch-rival Russia.
The Canadian foursome of Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen, Sonja Gaudet and skip Jim Armstrong recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to score eight unanswered points against their top-seeded opponents and ensure that Canada remained the only country to ever top the podium in wheelchair curling.
The Canadian side compiled a 7-2 record in round-robin play to secure a spot in the semifinals, and advanced to the gold medal game by edging China 5-4 earlier in the day.
"It's tremendous," said Armstrong of the gold medal victory. "It's been a long week but we played well today. It was probably our best game of the tournament.
"We got a couple of breaks early and as we learned this week, if you have to chase, it's a tough game."
The gold medal was the third for Gaudet, the Canadian lead. The Canadian first, who carried the flag for her country during the opening ceremonies, is the only member of the current team to have played on the 2006 and 2010 teams as well.
In sledge hockey, Canada beat Norway 3-0 to win the bronze medal, avenging a 2-1 loss to the Norwegians in the third-place game in Vancouver in 2010. Billy Bridges scored two goals for the Canadian side.
And on the hills, 16-year-old Mac Marcoux won his third medal of the Games, this time a gold in the men’s visually impaired giant slalom event.
Elsewhere on the Trail:
- Also, in the men’s visually impaired giant slalom event, Chris Williamson finished fifth.
- In the men’s sitting giant slalom race, Josh Dueck, Caleb Brousseau, and Kurt Oatway all crashed during their initial runs, and did not take part in the second run. Kirk Schornstein placed 13th in the men’s standing giant slalom event.
- Double gold medallist Brian McKeever and teammate Chris Klebl skied two legs each but finished fourth in the 4x2.5 km cross-country open relay, 21.6 seconds out of the bronze medal position.
- The Canadian team of Sebastien Fortier, Robbi Weldon and Margarita Gorbounova competed in the 4x2.5 km cross-country mixed relay but failed to finish.