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Paralympic-esque Blog Wrap Up

Wrapping up the Paralympics. A week late but work took up a lot of time. 12 day stretch with 1 night off. Takes a toll.

A rundown of all the medals from the games. The official website is not the easiest to figure out. Thank you Wikipedia. Medals along with dates that they happened.

Big winner was Lauren Woolstencroft with 5 Gold Medals in skiing. She works as an engineer with BC Hyrdo so quite an impressive feat to win that many in your home province.

Brian McKeever rebounded from the Olympics to win 3 Golds. Viviane Forest, Colette Bourgonje and Karolina Wisniewska rounded out the multiple medallists. Josh Dueck won a silver as well in alpine.

The Wheelchair Curling won Gold. Team consisted of Jim Armstrong, Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet and Bruno Yizek.

Gold Brian McKeever: Cross-country skiing Men’s 20km free, visually impaired March 15
Gold Lauren Woolstencroft: Alpine skiing Women’s slalom, standing March 15
Gold Lauren Woolstencroft: Alpine skiing Women’s giant slalom, standing March 17
Gold Brian McKeever: Cross-country skiing Men’s 10km classic, visually impaired March 18
Gold Viviane Forest: Alpine skiing Women’s downhill, visually impaired March 18
Gold Lauren Woolstencroft: Alpine skiing Women’s downhill, standing March 18
Gold Lauren Woolstencroft: Alpine skiing Women’s Super-G, standing March 19
Gold Lauren Woolstencroft: Alpine skiing Women’s Super combined, standing March 20
Gold Jim Armstrong, Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, Bruno Yizek: Wheelchair curling March 20
Gold Brian McKeever: Cross-country skiing Men’s 1km sprint, visually impaired March 21

Silver Colette Bourgonje: Cross-country skiing Women’s 10km free, sitting March 14
Silver Viviane Forest: Alpine skiing Women’s slalom, visually impaired March 14
Silver Josh Dueck: Alpine skiing Men’s slalom, sitting March 14
Silver Viviane Forest: Alpine skiing Women’s Super-G, visually impaired March 19
Silver Viviane Forest: Alpine skiing Women’s Super combined, visually impaired March 20

Bronze Karolina Wisniewska: Alpine skiing Women’s slalom, standing March 15
Bronze Viviane Forest: Alpine skiing Women’s giant slalom, visually impaired March 16
Bronze Colette Bourgonje: Cross-country skiing Women’s 5km classic, sitting March 18
Bronze Karolina Wisniewska: Alpine skiing Women’s Super combined, standing March 20

Sledge Hockey team showed there is equality. They can overlook a team in the playoffs and lose like any other team. Lost to Japan in which one of the players even said afterwards that they might’ve been looking to the next game. Didn’t feel so bad for that result. The Japanese goalie went to Algonquin College in Ottawa the same time I did. So a fellow Alumni won a Silver medal. Good for him.

Mitsuru Nagase has played for 15 years and finished 5th in three straight Paralympics. A silver and beating Canada in Vancouver along the way might make up for those years.

Glad to see the Closing Ceremony was put on CTV.  Wish the coverage on the channels had been better.  Almost everything being taped and at weird times didn’t help.  Ratings for Sledge Hockey was bigger than they expected so I think CTV/Rogers underestimated how much Canadians wanted to watch.  A chance to see Canadians win medals on home soil is big for many people.  Coverage was better than past year with CBC.  However that wasn’t that hard to do seeing as those were in foreign countries.  With all the resources they had it was a missed opportunity.

Congratulations to all the people involved in the Paralympics.  They had no control over TV coverage and hopefully this will help things get better the next time around.

Dec. 11th Show

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicDec11th2009Hour1

Some Christmas music and a Curling song from R.J. Lautenschlager.

Songs from Teresa Ennis’ latest CD “Stars” and go back to 2004 with The Irish Descendants as they’re coming to Kingston in March.

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicDec11thHour2

Start off with a chat with two Olympic torchbearers from the Kingston area, Laurie Walker and Rev. Gerry Moore. Then with Kirsten Mihailides from the Coca-Cola side of the Torch organizers.

Couple of songs from Kenny Butler then tracks from Ian Foster’s ECMA nominated instrumental album. Almost 30 minutes worth of that.