Paralympics News

Canadian Trail: Chris Williamson adds 1 more bronze

Canada's veteran alpine skier Chris Williamson picks up a bronze medal at the Sochi Paralympics on Thursday, while the sledge hockey suffers a stunning loss to the United States.

Canada now 5th in medal count

Canada's Chris Williamson competes in the second run of the men's visually impaired slalom race — and finishes third. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Williamson won Canada's 10th medal of the Sochi Paralympics on Thursday, winning bronze in the men's visually impaired slalom event despite tricky conditions.

"I'm extremely happy," Williamson, 41, said of his medal. "I just got back from injury; this is my first race of the year. A medal of any colour is exceptional. I've had a minimal amount of training but [guide Nicke Brush] and I have worked so hard for the last few days."

The 2014 Games are Williamson's fourth and will be his last. He competes next on Saturday in the men's visually impaired giant slalom.

Elsewhere along the Trail:

  • Canada's wheelchair curling team dropped to second in the wheelchair curling standings after a stunning 12-1 to Finland. They will play China in the semifinals on Saturday.
  • In the men's slalom standing category, Kirk Schornstein, of Spruce Grove, Alta.,​ finished the race in 16th place.  
  • In the men's slalom sitting category,  Josh Dueck, of Vernon, B.C., and Caleb Brousseau, of Terrace, B.C., did not finish the first run and did not advance. Kurt Oatway advanced to the second run but did not finish it.
  • Canada's sledge hockey team lost to the United States 3-0 in the semifinals. Canada will now play Norway for the bronze; the U.S. will play Russia for gold on Saturday.


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