Week one comes to an end with outstanding performances for Team BC. With 28 medals, Team BC sits in fourth place in the medal count, 14 behind Alberta and 16 behind Ontario. Quebec leads the medal standings with 85 medals.
“What spectacular performances we’ve had this week,” said Team BC Chef de Mission Jennifer Scott. “We want to continue to build on the momentum of week one and create an atmosphere that produces more podium performances in week two.”
Both table tennis and biathlon contributed to half of Team BC total medal count with seven medals each.
It was a golden week for table tennis athlete Benita Zhou (Vancouver). She won three gold medals consisting of the team event, doubles and singles. Teammate Fiona Nie (Surrey) won two gold medals; one in the team event and one in doubles. Steve Wang (North Vancouver) also won three table tennis medals; a bronze in team and silver in doubles and singles. Kenny Jiang (Burnaby) won a bronze medal in the team event and a silver in doubles.
Biathlete Andrei Secu (Coquitlam) won three bronze medals. He was third in the sprint, individual pursuit and 3×7.5km relay. Larissa Black (Squamish), Gillian Gowling (Whistler) and Ryan Elden (Quesnel) all won two medals each.
Team BC boxers added three medals. Brayden Sims (Fort St. John) won a gold medal in the 60kg division while Jonathan Hannah (North Vancouver) and Brayden Hellekson (Nelson) won bronze medals in the 75kg and 81kg divisions respectively.
Freestyle skier Brayden Kuroda (Penticton) won two gold medals; one in aerials and moguls while Skye Clarke (West Vancouver) won a complete set of medals: gold in slope style, silver in big air and bronze in half pipe.
Long track speed skating won a bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit and Josh Telizyn (Fort St. John) won a 1000m bronze medal. Short track speed skating added to the medal tally with a bronze medal in the women’s 3000m relay.
Two bronze medals were won by gymnastics athletes. Emilie Hong (Langley) won a bronze in women’s vault while Ryan Woodhead (Tsawwassen) was third in the men’s pommel horse.
In team sports, wheelchair basketball had its best finish in the last three Canada Games with a 6th place result. Ringette surprised all by finishing 4th, its best finish since the 2003 Canada Winter Games where they won a bronze medal and men’s hockey finished in 7th place.
Week two competition gets underway Sunday with men’s and women’s curling vs. Quebec and women’s hockey vs. hometown Alberta. Squash also gets started Sunday in the team event.