Gosselin captures silver medal

Joyce Gosselin captured a silver medal today in the 200m snowshoeing event at the 2005 Special Olympics Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
The Fort Frances resident, the oldest competitor in the group at 58, crossed the finish line in a time of 2:36.45—more than four seconds better than her qualifying time of 2:40.89.
Taking first place was Laura Ferraro, 41, of Italy with a blistering time of 2:09.45 while Sara Jane Daigle, 27, of Canada snagged the bronze medal with a time of 3:19.75.
Gosselin still has two more events, including her favourite—the 100m race—tomorrow.
She will be competing in that one against Marlene Rechberger, 18, of Austria, who enters with a qualifying time of .26.05, and Daigle, who has a qualifying time of 1:34.00.
Gosselin’s qualifying time is 1:07.39, so she will be in tough if she hopes to claim a gold medal against Rechberger.
Gosselin—named Citizen of the Year in Fort Frances last fall—also is entered in the 4x100m relay, which she has never competed in before.
Gosselin, joined by Josee Camire, Corrie Anne Carlile, and Daigle, will run the lead leg for the team that has been dubbed Canada Leafs.
They finished with a time of 4:06.39 in their qualifying race, well behind Team USA 2, which finished with a time of 3:21.68.
The final of the relay won’t take place until Friday.