In total, athletes won 87 medals, including 30 gold medals. Though British Columbia has just 13 per cent of the population in Canada, Team BC won 17 per cent of the medals at the Games.
Penticton’s Brayden Kuroda contributed two gold medals to that total, standing atop the podium in the freestyle skiing disciplines of aerials and moguls.
Summerland’s Heming Sola won gold with the alpine team in the men’s slalom race, leaving it all out on the course.
Sola was sitting in fifth place after the first run but managed to push it on the second run and bring himself back up to first place.
“My first run was good, I just wanted to finish my first run. After that, I was happy to just go for it on my second run and I really flew. Happy to get the gold,” said Sola.
Sola also reflected on his experience at these games post-race.
“Experience here has been awesome. All the volunteers, I would like to thank them. The weather has been perfect. It has been an awesome event.”
Sola also raced to a bronze medal in the men’s alpine ski cross event.
Sola took the top spot in his heat during the round of 64 skiiers. He then finished first in the 32-participant heat and the quarterfinals. During the semifinals, he crossed the finish line in second place, pushing him to the big finals (medal) event.
Team BC’s women’s hockey team battled in a tense game against Ontario to win the bronze medal 5-4 at the Canada Winter Games.
It’s the first medal for the women’s Team BC program at the Games since they won a silver medal in 1991. BC lost their chance for a gold medal after a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Alberta the day before in the semifinals —a team that they defeated in the preliminary pool play 6-1.
Okanagan Hockey Academy players Anna MacCara (Penticton), Reece Hunt (Nelson) and Sarah Paul (West Kelowna) all suited up for Team BC. MacCara had one goal over the tournament, Hunt had two assists and Paul had three goals and one assist over the duration of the Games.
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