Alberta’s Scott Gow and B.C.’s Sarah Beaudry Sprint to Biathlon Gold at Canada Winter Games

HALIFAX—Alberta’s Scott Gow captured his second-consecutive gold medal at the Canada Winter Games while Sarah Beaudry, of British Columbia, sprinted to her first Games’ victory in the men’s and women’s action on Tuesday in Halifax.

The 20-year-old Gow stomped the field for the second-straight day to win the men’s 10-kilometre sprint. Battling wind gusts up to 60-kilometres/hour and blowing snow swirling over the Ski Martock layout, the Calgarian missed just two shots to post a time of 29 minutes, 2.4 seconds.

“The conditions were absolutely brutal today. You just had to wait the wind out on the range,” said Gow, whose Alberta teammates swept the podium for the second time in as many races at the Canada Games.

Aaron Gillmore fired into the silver medal position at 29:45.2, while Stuart Harden shot clean to follow up his opening-race silver on Sunday to post a bronze-medal winning time of 29:55.2.

“Heading into the Games, I was focused on the medals in every race. The goal now is definitely to win four golds,” said Gow. “I’ll have an advantage in the pursuit tomorrow and our team is looking good for the relay.”

Meanwhile Sarah Beaudry, of British Columbia, stormed onto the top of the podium in the women’s 7.5-kilometre sprint. Beaudry clocked a winning time of 22:36.9.

Beaudry held off a hard-charging Audrey Vaillancourt, of Quebec, who charged to hersecond podium finish of the Games by winning the silver at 23:27.8.

“It was so difficult in shooting today with the wind swirling,” said Vaillancourt. “The course was good, but it was challenging because it was icy in places. My focus was on the medals in each race. So far so good.”

Vaillancourt was sandwiched between two British Columbia athletes on the podium. Julian Ransom locked up the bronze after clocking-in at 23:53.3.

The biathlon events continue on Wednesday at Ski Martock with the pursuit competitions.

Biathlon Canada, the governing body for biathlon in the country, oversees the Canadian Championships, Eastern and Western Canadian Championships, and North American Cups held in Canada. The organization’s mandate is to provide national level programs for the continuous development of biathlon athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. For more information on Biathlon Canada, please visit their Web site at www.biathloncanada.ca on the Internet.

Complete Results: www.canadagames2011.ca

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1.Scott Gow, Alberta, 29:02.4; 2. Aaron Gillmor, Alberta, 29:45.2; 3. Stuart Harden, Alberta, 29:55.2; 4. Vincent Blais, Quebec, 30:18.5; 5. Christian Gow, Alberta, 30:49.0

Top-Five Women’s Results:

1. Sarah Beaudry, British Columbia, 22:36.9; 2. Audrey Vaillancourt, Quebec, 23:27.8; 3. Julian Ransom, British Columbia, 23:53.3; 4. Emma Lunder, Alberta, 24:10.2; 5. Yolaine Oddou, Quebec, 24:35.2

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