Vernon’s Justin Sigal (90) competes for Canada in cross-country skiing at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austrial. Sigal is returning home with a pair of medals, silver and bronze. - Image credit: Special Olympics B.C.

Sigal adds World bronze to medal collection

Vernon athlete wins bronze at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Vernon’s Justin Sigal has added a bronze medal at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Sigal skied to a bronze medal Friday in the 2.5-kilometre M4 cross-country ski race. He earlier won silver in the five-km classic.

Sigal’s parents, Les and Jackie, were on-hand to witness their son’s medal-winning races.

Sigal and Okanagan training partner, Francis Stanley of Kelowna, helped Canada finish seventh in the M02 4 x 1 km freestyle relay race.

All three Okanagan cross-country skiers on Team Canada are returning home with medals.

Stanley won gold in the M1 2.5-km classic race. He was also in the top-10 in the M1 10-km freestyle (sixth).

Tracey Melesko was a double gold medalist, winning the F2 5-km classic and helped Canada win the 4×1-km F01 freestyle relay. Melesko, who trains with Sigal and Stanley, added a bronze in the F1 2.5-km classic.

The trio, joined in Austria by coach Ray Huson of Penticton and coach/wax technician Garth Vickers of Kelowna, are set to land at Kelowna Airport Sunday morning.

The closing ceremonies took place Friday evening.

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