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2004 Disabled World Championships: Canadians Collect Six Medals
That result, however, is less than impressive when you consider that Team Canada garnered 15 medals last year. "The field is a lot tougher since Salt Lake,” says Head Coach and Program Director Ozzie Sawicki. "In the past, Canada, the U.S., and Austria were the teams to beat, but now there's a cross-section of countries getting results. I'm very happy with how our athletes are faring with this higher level of competition.”
Action began on Saturday, January 31st, with the men's and women's downhill events. Toronto's Chris Williamson, who was the World Cup overall champion last season in the men's blind category, earned Canada's only medal in the event which he shared with guide Curtis Christian, finishing third with a time of one minute, 21.14 seconds.
Sunday's Super G brought a bevy of medals for the Canadian contingent, beginning with the crowning of Victoria's Lauren Woolstencroft as the 2004 Women's Super G Champion. Joining Woolstencroft at the medal ceremony was Edmonton's Kimberly Joines who placed third in her category (sitting women) with a time of 1:09.60.
On the men's side, Scott Patterson pulled in a time of 1:02.57 to put him on the podium with silver in the sitting men's category.
Williamson and Christian earned their second bronze medal of the Championships with their time of 1:26.92, only to do it all over again on Tuesday in the men's giant slalom. Due to soft snow conditions, only the blind and standing men's GS got underway.
USA finished first in the medal standings, with Germany and Austria finishing second and third.