[DOUBLE MEDAL ALERT] Natalie Wilkie wins gold, Brittany Hudak bronze in Para cross country

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 07, 2022

Para nordic skiers share podium in women’s long-distance event

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BEIJING – Canada produced two medallists in the women’s standing 15-kilometre cross country race Monday with Natalie Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C. taking the gold and Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, Sask. the bronze.

After a difficult biathlon race on Saturday, Wilkie returned with a fury clocking 48 minutes and 4.8 seconds. Sydney Peterson of the U.S. took the silver in 49.00.2 and Hudak snared the bronze in 49:27.8

Emily Young of Kelowna, B.C. was fifth.

Wilkie, who lost four fingers on her left hand in a school workshop accident in 2016, made a spectacular Games debut in 2018 earning three medals, including one gold, as Canada’s youngest team member. She was sixth in the long-distance event in PyeongChang.

It was a second career Games medal for Hudak, born missing part of her left arm, who is now a three-time Paralympian.

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