Monday, March 22, 2010

Germany's paralympians leave Vancouver Games covered in golden glory

Germany's paralympians finished top of the medal table at the Vancouver Winter Games with 13 golds thanks to remarkable performances from skier Gerd Schoenfelder and biathlete Verena Bentele who won the lions share.

Ten days of Paralympic competition came to an end on Sunday night when Vancouver said farewell to the Winter Olympics and passed the flag to the southern Russian city of Sochi, the next Winter Games host in 2014.

More than 500 athletes representing 44 countries participated in the Vancouver Games, a hugely successful event which prompted International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven to call it "the best ever Winter Paralympic Games.''

It was certainly a very successful Games for the German team which topped the medal table ahead of Russia. Germany finished on top with 13 golds, with 24 medals overall, with Russia second with 12 golds and 38 medals overall.

Germany's gold collection was boosted by remarkable overall performances by Gerd Schoenfelder, the skier who won a hugely impressive four gold medals and a silver on the slopes of Whistler, and Verena Bentele who dominated the women's biathlon events.

The 39-year-old Schoenfelder, appearing in his final Paralympics before retiring from the Games, claimed victory in the super combined (standing) ski event on Saturday, adding the title to those of the giant slalom, downhill and super-G won previously.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5378020,00.html

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