Victoria Alpine Skier Captures Second Gold at Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austri
Victoria’s Michael Langridge has won his second gold medal of the games taking place in Austria, after finishing with the fastest time in the Novice Giant Slalom event today (Tuesday, March 21st).
Langridge’s medal follows his winning race in the Super G event on Sunday (March 19th).
Langridge’s World Games Coach Mark Schnurr says he is extremely excited for his athlete.
“He had the race of the day it’s a dream come true for him to be here and compete with the very best. A special thanks to his mom and all his supporters at home”
Langridge’s mom has travelled with him to cheer him on in person while his friends at Special Olympics BC – Victoria have been rooting for him from home. Victoria Local Coordinator Joy Croll:
“all of us at Victoria Special Olympics are so proud of Michael’s phenomenal accomplishment of two gold medals at the world games. Michael is an incredible representative for Canada and an inspiration to all”
A number of BC skiers had fantastic results at the games. Cranbrook's Erin Thom and Roxana Podrasky both captured silver, Cranbrook's Jonathan Robins earned bronze, Surrey's Susan Wang raced to fourth, and Maple Ridge's Katherine St. Amand skied to sixth.
The world event features 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 1,100 coaches from 110 countries. Team Canada has the third largest team at the event and has athletes competing in six different sports: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.
About Special Olympics BC - Victoria
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