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(February 27, 2019 - Red Deer, AB) Wednesday was an incredible day for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB with Alberta athletes earning a total of 17 medals – five gold, six silver, and five bronze medals.
The judokas continued on their roll adding five medals for Team Alberta at Westerner Park, while Badminton captured five medals on the court of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Figure skaters earned three medals, while the Alpine Skiing events grabbed three medals at Nakiska Ski Resort.
Alberta now sits in third place of the medal standings with 81 medals (28-31-22). With three days of competition left, the number of medals equals the medal haul set by Alberta at the 1995 Canada Winter Games that took place in Grande Prairie, AB.
The record of medals earned for Alberta at Canada Winter Games is 91 medals (28-36-27), established at the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbelton, New Brunswick.
The highest number of gold medals earned by Alberta at Canada Winter Games goes back to 1995 in Grande Prairie, AB when Alberta had won 30 gold medals.
Medals – February 27, 2019
- Gold, Alpine Skiing – Slalom Women Para – Hanna Chilson
- Gold, Alpine Skiing – Slalom Men Para – Ethan Gillese
- Gold, Badminton – Doubles Men – Bauer/Lee
- Gold, Badminton – Doubles Mix – O'Donoghue/Bauer
- Gold, Judo – 57kg Female – Kiera Westlake
- Gold, Figure Skating – Singles Pre-Novice – Michelle Deng
- Silver, Alpine Skiing – Slalom Women – Cydnie Timmermann
- Silver, Alpine Skiing – Slalom Men – Ryley Fergusson
- Silver, Badminton – Doubles Mix – Wang/Wadia
- Silver, Badminton – Singles Men – Kevin Lee
- Silver, Figure Skating – Dance Pre-Novice Mix – Pelé/Portz
- Silver, Judo – 73kg Men – Nicholas Gagnon
- Bronze, Figure Skating – Dance Pre Novice Mix – Martel/Chant
- Bronze, Badminton – Singles Men – Imran Wadia
- Bronze, Judo – 63kg Female – Teyana Roberts
- Bronze, Judo – 81kg Men – Taylor Althouse
- Bronze, Judo – +81kg Men – Sasha Tanasiuk
In other sports, Squash ended the preliminarily round with a 4-1 record. They will play in the crossover round tomorrow morning, with the hopes of advancing to the next round.
The men and women’s curling teams from Alberta are both sitting at 6-1 with three matches to go against Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia in the preliminary round. The team played against New Brunswick with the men winning their match and the women dropping their first game of the tournament. In the evening draw, both teams won their matchups against Nova Scotia.
Snowboarding resumes tomorrow with the presentation of the slopestyle event at Canyon Ski Resort.
The women’s hockey team practiced today in preparation of their quarterfinals against Manitoba tomorrow evening at 4 pm at the Downtown arena. The winner of that match will advance to the semifinals. The women’s hockey match between Alberta and Manitoba will be featured on TSN3, showcased at 9 pm Eastern/7pm Mountain.
FOUR MEDALS FOR ALPINE SKIERS AT NAKISKA
Team Alberta continued earning medals on the snow in Alpine Skiing at Nakiska Sir Resort with four medals earned in the slalom events.
Alberta earned gold medals in both the men and para para-slalom events with Hann Chilson, 15, of Hardisty, AB earning her second medal of these Canada Games, stopping the clock at 2:44.76. Tuesday during the slalom events, Chilson earned the bronze medal. Ethan Gillese, 19 of Edmonton, AB earned the gold medal with a time of 2:09.06, just 0.7 seconds ahead of the silver medal position.
In the women slalom race, Cydnie Timmermann, 15, of Calgary, AB raced to the silver medal with a cumulative time of 1:35.48.
The men’s race featured one member of Team Alberta skiing his way to the silver medal, with Ryley Fergusson of Edmonton, AB, surpassing his closest competitor by 0.01 second. He finished the two-run event with a time of 1:40.04 for the silver medal.
Of note, Alberta won all four para-alpine gold medals available, in giant slalom and slalom.
The Alpine skiers will travel to Red Deer, AB tomorrow morning, where they are competing in the ski cross race on Saturday at Canyon Ski Resort to close out the Canada Games.
ALBERTA CONTINUES STRONG JUDO PERFORMANCES ADDING FIVE MEDALS
Team Alberta had a stellar day in Judo on Tuesday earning six medals, and the trend continued today with athletes earning five additional medals for the team in the combat sport.
Kiera Westlake, 16, of Lethbridge, AB went on to win the gold medal in the weight class, defeating her opponent Caleigh Takara Kuramoto of British Columbia
Nicholas Gagnon, 17, of Sturgeon County, AB made it to the gold medal by defeating his opponents from Newfoundland and Manitoba, where he faced Quebec’s Victor Gougeon-Gazé. Despite fighting aggressively throughout the match, Gougeon-Gazé came on top for the gold medal, with Gagnon earning the silver medal.
Three Alberta judokas earned bronze medals, with Teyana Roberts (63kg); Taylor Althouse (81kg) and Sasha Tanasiuk (+81kg) all winning the respective bronze medal fights.
Judo athletes will benefit from a day off tomorrow, with the team events taking place on Friday.
STELLAR DAY FOR BADMINTON ATHLETES WITH FIVE MEDALS
The Badminton competition concluded today at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, and Team Alberta contributed five medals to the province’s tally, with two gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal.
The Doubles Men team of Austin Bauer, 22, of Calgary, AB and Kevin Lee, 20, of Calgary, AB fought for the gold medal in the men’s double dominated the match winning in two straight sets of 21-10, 21-9 for the gold medal.
In the Mixed Doubles, the Team Alberta duo of Kyleigh O'Donoghue, 22 of Calgary, AB and Austin Bauer played against their Alberta teammates of Takeisha Wang, 21 of Edmonton, AB, and Imran Wadia, 22, of Calgary, AB. The O’Donoghue/Bauer won the first set 21-16 and lost the second set 21-11. In the ultimate set of the tournament, the duo overpowered their opponents 21-18 for the gold medal.
Minutes after playing in the men’s doubles finals with Bauer, Kevin Lee went back to the court to face British Columbia’s Antonio Li in the gold medal match of the men’s singles competition, the banner event. The thrilling first set went all the way to the maximum number of points that can be earned, losing the first set 30-29. Tired after playing the men’s doubles finals and a challenging first set, Lee conceded the victory 21-14 in the second set, earning the silver medal.
Two Alberta teams faced off in the men’s singles bronze medal match, with Imran Wadia and Yunzhi Chen facing off with the bronze medal on the line. Wadia took the first set 21-19, but Chen bounced back in the second set with a 21-15 victory. Wadia came back in the third and showed his impressive abilities to take the ultimate set 21-14.
Badminton continues for the next three days with the team tournament.
FIGURE SKATERS EARN GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS
The first medals were presented in figure skating at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, and Alberta placed two of its athletes on the podium in the Dance Pre-Novice category. Grace Pelé, 14, and Joel Portz, 15, of Calgary skated to a silver medal, thanks to a well executed free routine that bumped them from third to second place after the pattern dance routine. Team Alberta’s Savana Martel, 13, and Kobi Chant, 16, dropped from first place after the pattern to third place following the free routine, securing the bronze medal for Alberta.
Later in the evening, Michelle Deng, 13, of Edmonton, AB skated to a gold medal in the Singles Pre-Novice competition. She posted the best score of the short program with a substantial lead, and once more delivered a strong performance in the free routine to secure the medal.
Deng scored a cumulative score of 108.93 points, surpassing her previous personal best by more than five points.
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Deng won the 2018 Alberta Winter Games and 2018 Skate Canada National Summer Series events.