That golden feeling
Sandra Smith, Crystal Young return home after streak of success in Austria
Crystal Young and Sandra Smith’s lofty accomplishments last week at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria were something else. Representing Canada at an event featuring thousands of athletes from around the world, Young and Smith won a combined five medals at the games in snowshoeing.
Carbonear and Harbour Grace have a lot to celebrate as Sandra Smith and Crystal Young, two gold medal-winning athletes, return home from two weeks of competitions at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Smith and Young are both members of the TriCon Gentle Giants Special Olympic Club, and have both participated in competitions on the provincial, national, and world levels.
The two athletes spent the first of their three weeks in Austria not only practicing, but getting to know the country they’d be spending the majority of a month in. After that, however, it was time for the games to begin.
Smith, who calls Carbonear home, has been involved with the Special Olympics for over a decade, and has taken part in swimming, athletics, and snowshoeing events. During her time at the World Winter Games, she got the chance to showcase her skills in the snowshoeing races.
Smith, wearing bib number 62, earned herself two gold medals, and one silver medal.
Her two gold medals come from the 200-metre snowshoeing race, where she finished in first place with a time of 1:10.54, and the 4x400-m snowshoeing race, where her team finished with a final time 9:18.00. She earned her silver medal in the 400-m snowshoeing race, with a final time of 2:37.76.
Young, in bib number 65, has been a member of the Tri-Con Gentle Giants since 1999, and has participated in both summer and winter games on a national level, taking part in both snowshoeing and track and field.
Young came home with two gold medals. One of these was from the five-kilometre snowshoeing race, where she came in first with a final time of 36:26.64. She was also a part of the same relay team as Smith that claimed gold in the 4x400-m snowshoeing race. Young also placed fourth in the 1,600-m snowshoeing race with a final time of 13:32.30.
Both Young and Smith were due to arrive home on Sunday, March 26, and will have much to celebrate in the coming weeks.
Fra Right: Young (left) and Smith both sporting their hardware from the games.
Sandra Smith during the 200-metre snowshoeing race.
Right: Crystal Young competing in one of her snowshoeing events.