Team BC Off to a Great Start at Canada Winter Games
Prince George, B.C. – Team BC dominated the podium in freestyle skiing on the first day of Canada Winter Games competition Saturday, earning two golds, one silver and one bronze medal in slopestyle.
13-year-old Elena Gaskell of Vernon was the first B.C. athlete to earn a medal at the 2015 Games, finishing first in the slope style event. Her teammate Sofiane Gagnon, 15, of Whistler earned the bronze. Teal Harle, 18, also from Whistler, took the gold in the men’s competition, while Vernon’s Patrick Dew, 16, won silver.
“I was so happy to win gold and I am so proud, I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” said Gaskell. “I got down my first run and I felt really confident.”
Harle said the perfect conditions at Tabor Mountain played a big role in his gold medal finish. “It was a really nice day and everyone killed it,” said Harle. “The course was great and I was really pumped – it felt great to win.”
Harle’s teammate, Patrick Dew, met one of his personal goals when his silver medal resulted in Team BC taking first and second place in the men’s competition.
“We have been trying for a one-two finish on the podium so this is awesome,” said Dew. “The conditions were great and the snow was perfect. There was just the right amount of sun and the landing was soft enough so it didn’t hurt when you fell.”
The skiers will be back on the slope today when they take on the big air freestyle event.
Team BC’s female hockey squad posted a tough 7-0 loss against Quebec. They will be back on the ice tonight to face Quebec at 7:30 p.m.
After the first day of competition, B.C. is in first place with four medals. Ontario is the only other province to win medals so far, collecting a silver and a bronze.