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Williamson wins bronze in alpine skiing at Paralympic Winter Games

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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Chris Williamson of Edmonton, Alberta won a bronze medal on Thursday in the men's alpine skiing slalom competition for the visually impaired at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Williamson, at 41 years of age, posted a time of 1:48.61. Valerii Redkozubov of Russia won the gold medal with a time of 1:43.21, followed by Yon Santacana Maiztegui of Spain with a time of 1:46.82.

Meanwhile another Edmonton native saw a medal she won switch from silver to bronze. On Wednesday, it was reported on www.examiner.com, that sit skier Kim Joines unofficially won a silver medal in the women's slalom. According to CBC Sports, German skier Anna Schaffelhuber was initially disqualified for not having her outriggers (skis used for poles) in a stationary and fixed position at the start of the race. Schaffelhuber won her appeal Thursday, won the gold medal, and bumping Joines down one podium spot.

In wheelchair curling, team Canada finished the round robin at 7-2. They hammered Slovakia 16-0, but then got hammered themselves in losing to Finland 12-1. They will now play China in the semifinal Friday, with the winner playing the winner of Great Britain and Russia in the gold medal game on Saturday.

Finally in sledge hockey, Canada lost 3-0 to the United States in the semifinal and will now play Norway for the bronze medal at the second straight Paralympic Winter Games. The United States will play Russia for the gold medal.

Team Canada now has ten medals--two gold medals, two silver medals and six bronze medals and are in third place in the overall medal standings behind Russia at 50 and the Ukraine at 14.

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