DeJong captures first-ever medal in Para snowboard
Biggar’s Lisa DeJong made history in her Paralympic debut taking silver in the women’s Para snowboard cross SB-LL2 final and earning Canada it’s first-ever Para snowboard medal at the Games.
After a solid qualifying run on Day 2, DeJong executed a strong, clean run ahead of Brenna Huckaby of the United States and Lisa Bunschoten of the Netherlands, who both went down. Huckaby managed to finish the race and capture bronze despite her fall.
“I feel absolutely amazing. It was unexpected,” the 32-year-old said to CBC Sports following her podium finish. “Just to make it in the big final, I felt like I already did what I came here to do. To come in second is amazing.”
Hudak claims second career Paralympic bronze
Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak is Paralympic medallist once again with a bronze medal finish in the women’s standing 15-kilometre cross country event with a time of 49 minutes and 27.8 seconds.
This is Hudak’s second podium finish in her third Paralympics. She took home bronze in the 12.5-km biathlon in 2018.
Teammate Natalie Wilkie topped the podium with a gold medal time of 48:04.8. Sydney Peterson of the United States was a close second with a time of 49:00.2. Fellow Canadian Emily Young finished fifth with a time of 52:06.7.
Hudak will compete in her third event of the Games on Day 4 in the biathlon 10-km event. Competition is scheduled to start on March 7 at 10:00 p.m. (SK time)
Upcoming Saskatchewan Competition
Saskatoon head coach Ken Babey and the Canadian men’s Para hockey team will take on South Korea in round robin action on Day 4. The puck is scheduled to drop March 7 at 11:05 p.m. (SK time)
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 3 recap on Paralympic.ca… Tyler Turner won gold in the men’s Para snowboard cross event…Alana Ramsay won her second bronze in the women’s standing super combined event… Canada’s medal count is now 12 (four gold, two silver, six bronze).