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Northern B.C. Makes the Medal Podium

Sunday, February 15, 2015 @ 8:44 PM

Emily Dickson on the Biathlon course – image courtesy TeamBC

Prince George, B.C.- Burns Lake  born Emily Dickson has become the first  Northern B.C.  athlete to make it to the medal podium at the Canada Winter Games.

Dickson  won the bronze medal  in the 12.5 km biathlon event.

Northern B.C. had its first athlete take the podium on Sunday when Emily Dickson earned a bronze in 12.5 km biathlon event.

Although born in Burns Lake, the 17 year old has  lived in Prince George for the past three years, attending the Canadian Sport School.

“Today was a whirlwind of emotions for sure,” said Dickson. “I skied well and shot well for the first two rounds but then had a few misses in my shooting so had to ski fast to make up the time. I guess I did that well and pulled off the bronze.”

After completing her race Dickson had more than an hour to wait for the final skiers to finish and the results to be posted.

“I knew I was close but there was quite a bit of suspense waiting so when I heard the news I certainly felt relieved but also so excited.”

The hometown advantage helped calm Dickson’s nerves and made for a memorable Canada Winter Games experience. “It was a very cool atmosphere here today with family and friends and teammates cheering me on.”

Dickson wasn’t the only Team BC athlete to win a medal on day two of the competition.

Sara Spence took silver in the women’s 1500m long track speed skating event and B.C.’s freestyle skiers had the best kind of deja vu possible at the Canada Winter Games. Elena Gaskell of Vernon and Sofiane Gagnon and Teal Harle, both from Whistler, racked up more hardware. They repeated their wins from Saturday’s slopestyle competition but in the big air event. Gaskell and Harle earned their second gold medals and Gagnon got her second bronze.

The freestyle skiers alone have now won seven medals for Team BC and there are still more freestyle events to come next week.

The atmosphere at the outdoor speed skating oval was also exciting, and much colder, with the events kicking off early in the morning to preserve the integrity of the ice. In the days leading up to the competition there were questions about whether or not the ice would be in racing condition for today but freezing temperatures overnight meant the outdoor oval was good to go.

Spence skated through her warm up at 6 a.m. and then took to the long track for the 1500m event.

“I was really happy we got to skate here today as part of the Games,” said Spence. “By the time my race got going it was pretty sunny and the ice was melting a bit but it was still good.”

The  long track speed skating events for Monday  have been  scheduled an hour and ahalf earlier than initially planned  in order to take advantage of the  cooler early morning temperatures.

Spence will be back on the track on Monday for the 500m event and team pursuit.

(submitted by TeamBC)


Congratulations to you Emily and your crew. Some of us know how much practice, effort and dedication, it takes to be an elite athlete in your sport.

You make the Omineca Ski Club proud.

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