Paralympic Recap Day 7

Hudak wins second bronze   

Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak won her second of two medals at the Beijing Winter Games in the women’s standing 12.5-kilometre biathlon race. 

Hudak posted a time of 49 minutes and one second to capture the bronze medal, behind Liudmyla Liashenko of Ukraine who took gold and Zhiqing Zhao of China who took silver.   

“It’s definitely a shooters’ race with one minute added on to your time for every miss, so I would have liked to shoot clean but I was very happy with my skiing today. I had such fast skis out there, so kudos to my wax techs. I’m just happy with a really great race,” she told CBC Sports. 

Canada’s Emily Young placed sixth in the event. 

Hudak’s career Paralympic medal count now sits at three. She was third in her 15-km cross country race earlier in Bejing and she also won the bronze medal in the 12.5-km biathlon at the 2018 Games.  

She’ll have a chance to add to her medal total when she competes in her fifth event of the 2022 Games, the women’s standing 10-km cross country event on Day 8. The race is scheduled to being on Saturday at 9:20 p.m. (SK time). 

Men’s Para hockey reaches for gold 

In their second match up of the Winter Games, the Canadian men’s Para hockey team, led by Saskatoon head coach Ken Babey, breezed by South Korea 11-0 in the semifinals on Day 7 to advance to the gold medal game at the Beijing Paralympics.  

Billy Bridges posted a hat trick, while captain Tyler McGregor put four goals past South Korea on his birthday.  

The Canadians will now face defending Paralympic champions, the United States in the final on Day 8. The American’s shutout Canada 5-0 when the two teams met during round robin play. 

Canada will look to avenge that loss and capture their first gold medal since the 2006 Winter Games in Turin when the puck drops at 10:05 p.m. on March 12 (SK time). 

DeJong misses the podium 

Competing in her final event of the Paralympics, Biggar’s Lisa DeJong placed eight in the women’s banked slalom on Day 7.  

Her best time of 1:20.19 was not enough to reach the podium. 

DeJong, who made her Paralympic debut in Beijing, won’t be leaving empty handed however, as she captured silver in the women’s snowboard cross event —Canada’s first-ever in the discipline— earlier in the Games. 

Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 7 recap on…Mollie Jepsen won silver in the women’s standing giant slalom…Mark Arendz captured silver in the men’s standing 12.5-kilometre biathlon…Canada’s wheelchair curling team won bronze against Slovakia…Tyler Turner won his second medal of the Games, a bronze, in Para snowboard banked slalom…Canada’s medal count is now its at 21 (seven gold, four silver, 10 bronze).     

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