China wins wheelchair curling gold for first-ever Winter Paralympic medal

18 March 2018, 01:29 | Kristine Mills

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It's been a successful Games on the trails for Canadian athletes as P.E.I. native Mark Arendz took gold in biathlon, winning the 15-km standing race. At Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, he was the first to cross the finish line among 37 contestants with a time of 22 minutes and 28.4 seconds. "I just wanted to be down at the bottom as fast as I could, and it actually paid off".

"It's so surreal to think that I'll be carrying the nation's flag and representing all of Team USA", Masters said. "You make a dream or goal, and you can achieve it, whether it's starting from the smallest province or a small town, you can get onto the world stage, you can win Paralympic titles".

Brittani CouryOn winning her first Paralympic medal."It's just insane".

"I felt good coming down, but it's so hard in my category because these girls are fast".

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"To me, it's my first-ever Paralympic medal, it's going to be my first time on the podium, and I had as many butterflies today as I had (in Friday's semifinal), and I'm so excited". "My kids and my friends, they can't go anywhere and somebody will say 'Hey, I know your friend!' or 'Hey that's your mom!' It's just exciting". But we want to take part in the race and to defend the country's prestige. "I wasn't really thinking about where I was in order, I was just proud of my riding, that I stood it up and was fast".

"We want to compete, it's a team relay and it's always very interesting, taking into account both male and female participants are allowed to perform together", Milenina added.

The Chinese team then displayed their stunning form as Chen, the third player, made a precise draw around six guards to sit in the four-foot as shot stone, which Norway failed to clear with its last two attempts, awarding China its first-ever gold medal in the Winter Paralympic Games.

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