Former Fort St. John resident wins gold

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Former Fort St. John resident Ina Forest came away with a gold medal Saturday in Wheelchair curling.

In front of a boisterous home crowd at Vancouver Paralympic Center, Team Canada successfully defended its Paralympic crown, defeating Korea 8-7 in a nail-biting gold medal match.

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Canada got of to a quick start in the first end, as second Ina Forrest froze her first shot against a South Korean stone and followed that up with another shot right to the four foot.

In the fourth end, the skip Jim Armstrong executed a perfect draw to the four-foot, helping Canada score four to take a commanding 8-1 lead. However, Korea stormed back with two in both the fifth and sixth ends and a single in the seventh to set up the dramatic final end.

Armstrong would have the hammer, fittingly, with the gold medal on the line. As the final rock of the tournament slid down the ice, the entire arena went silent, but as it inched closer and gold was seconds away for Canada, the fans in attendance rose in jubilation. 

Forest was born in Fort St. John, but now lives in Veron with her husband Curtis.

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