Paralympic Gold Medal Moments
The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the first to be held on Canadian soil, were an exciting celebration of athleticism and inclusiveness for Whistler’s visitors and residents.
Canadian Paralympians broke records winning a total of 19 medals, 10 of them being gold. The previous record for Canadian medals in a Paralympic Winter Games was 15, achieved both at Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002. All but two of the 2010 Paralympic events were held in Whistler along with the Closing Ceremony and the crowds came out in force to cheer on the athletes and see the inspiring performances.
Canada’s Golden Athletes
Winning five gold medals in alpine skiing, Lauren, a standing skier with prosthetic legs below the knee and a prosthetic arm below the elbow, dominated the Whistler Creekside slopes in Women’s Downhill, Women’s Slalom, Women’s Giant Slalom, Women’s Super-G and Women’s Super Combined.
Viviane, a visually impaired alpine skier, won a total of five medals, at least one in every colour. She won gold in the Women’s Downhill and rounded out her collection with three silvers in Women’s Slalom, Women’s Super-G, Women’s Super Combined and a bronze in Women’s Giant Slalom.
Brian wowed the crowds at Whistler Olympic Park, winning three gold medals in visually impaired cross-country skiing. Competing with his brother, Robin, as his guide, Brian took gold in Men’s 1 km Sprint Classic, Men’s 10 km Classic and Men’s 20 km Free.
The Closing Ceremony wrapped up a magical 10 days of competition; the festivities kicked off with a parade of athletes along Village Stroll and featured First Nations dancers, Whistler’s own Ali Milner singing the Canadian anthem, a musical performance by Chantal Kreviazuk, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Inuit blanket tossing, wheelchair dancers and ended with a brilliant fireworks display high above Whistler Medals Plaza. It was a fitting conclusion to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - the biggest and most exciting experience in Whistler’s history.