RED DEER, A.B. – Three Fort St. John athletes helped lead Team B.C. to their first medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
The team, consisting of Yuna Lovell (Fort St. John), Amanda Mitchell (Fort St. John), Laura Hall (Salmon Arm) and Brooke Braun (Fort St. John), edged out Manitoba by .34 of a second to take the bronze medal on Sunday afternoon in the Team Pursuit.
“It is amazing, really great,” said Amanda Mitchell, who is from Fort St. John. “Honestly, it means so much. It means our hard work has paid off. It means that we are finally able to show something for all this work and years of dedication we have put into this sport.”
MEDAL ALERT – #TeamBC Women's Long Track Speed Skating Team Pursuit wins BRONZE to secure British Columbia's first medal of the @2019CanadaGames @BCSpeedSkating @SSC_PVC #WEareBC #jcg2019 pic.twitter.com/3j8t0YrjGS
— Team BC (@GoTeamBC) February 17, 2019
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Quebec won gold with a time of 3:28.70 and Alberta earned silver with a time of 3:33.05.
It was only about 30 minutes later that freestyle skier Brayden Kuroda (Penticton) landed Team B.C. their first gold medal.