Young wins first Paralympic medal


Canmore’s Emily Young ended her Paralympic drought winning bronze in the women’s 7.5 km classic cross country ski race in PyeongChang, March 17.

The medal was her best performance at the Paralympic Games after three top ten finishes last week in biathlon.

“I was trying and trying and trying, but was just a little bit short very time, but I knew if anything my chance was going to be in classic,” said Young, who finished 1.7 seconds behind her Canadian teammate Natalie Wilkie, who won gold.

Prior to winning bronze her best result was fourth in the women’s 1.5-kilometre standing sprint classic biathlon on March 14.

“It’s unreal to even be here because I only started skiing three-and-a-half years ago so it’s pretty crazy to one, to be at the Paralympics, but two to bring a medal home.”

Both women were elated to share the podium.

“Team work makes dreams work,” said Young. “I think overall our team is doing unreal this year.”

Brittany Hudak, who won her first career medal finishing third in the women’s 12.5-km biathlon on March 16, finished 8th in the 7.5 classic.


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