Team BC got the first day of competition underway at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Here is a breakdown of some events.
Speed skating team pursuit wins Team BC’s first medal
Female long track speed skaters won Team BC’s first medal of the 2019 Canada Winter Games after finishing with a bronze in the team pursuit event.
The team — consisting of Yuna Lovell (Fort St. John), Amanda Mitchell (Fort St. John), Laura Hall (Salmon Arm) and Brooke Braun (Fort St. John) — edged out Manitoba by .34 of a second to take the bronze medal.
Quebec won gold with a time of 3:28.70 and Alberta earned silver with a time of 3:33.05.
Freestyle skier earns Team BC’s first gold at Canada Winter Games
Penticton’s Braydon Kuroda won Team BC their first gold medal of the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Kuroda (Penticton), on the freestyle team, took gold in aerials with a combined score of 121.65.
Competition was tight between the three medallists with Alex Mysko (Ontario_ taking silver with a score of 119.57 and Olivier Lessard (Quebec) who earned bronze with a score of 119.29.
After qualifications, Kuroda sat in second place with a score of 121.57.
BC’s Josh Maga (North Vancouver) finished in fifth place with a score of 112.59 and Sam Cordell (Vancouver) in seventh with a score of 104.78.
Biathlete Andrei Secu wins bronze medal
Biathlete Andrei Secu shot ten for ten enroute to a bronze medal performance in the sprint competition on a frigid and blowing snow day at River Bend Golf & Recreation Area.
“My race was pretty good overall,” said a beaming Secu. .”I managed to put it together on the range which was a pretty big part. I think that was key in the tough and windy conditions. On the skis I was feeling a bit slow but that will only get better as the week goes on.”
After the Canada Games, Secu will head to Sweden and Norway representing Canada for the very first time.
All four men were in the top 12 and three of the BC women were in the top seven.
“I’m pretty happy with how the team did,” said coach Jessica Blenkarn (North Vancouver). “The weather conditions were challenging today. It’s always good to get that first day over with. Now the athletes know the course and their routines. I look forward to the rest of the competition.”