Québec athletes come away with 17 medals from the 2013 World Winter Games
13 February 2013
Québec athletes come away with 17 medals from the 2013 World Winter Games

The 8 Special Olympics athletes from Team Canada representing Québec are back from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games with 17 medals.

From January 29 to February 5, nearly 3,200 athletes living with an intellectual disability representing 120 countries congregated in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, for one week of competitions in 7 sports.  

The Canadian delegation, comprised of 102 athletes, accumulated a total of 109 medals, among which 6 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 3 bronze medals were secured by the Québec athletes.  

In these Games, the Québec athletes made their mark in alpine skiing. Michaël Gilbert from Saint-Donat earned 3 gold medals, Stéphanie Savard from Québec City captured 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals, and Gabrielle Thériault fromVerchères won 2 silver medals.

In the speed-skating category, hopes for Québec rested on the shoulders of Philip Ste-Marie, from Montréal. He can be proud to come back with 1 gold and 2 silver medals around his neck.

Among our snowshoers, Jessica Larivée fromBoucherville made her mark by acquiring 1 gold medal and 2 silver medals while his colleague Matthieu Besnier, from Québec City, reached her personal goal and came back with 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal. Jean-François Leclerc from Québec City won a bronze medal at the 4 X 400 m Relay.

It is a source of great pride for the Québec movement to see the achievement of these 8 athletes at the international competitions. Their success proves their determination, discipline and passion.

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