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Lauren Woolstencroft

The long legacy of the Paralympic Winter Games’ "Golden Girl."
Born Nov. 24, 1981
Hometown Banff, AB, Canada
Sport Para Alpine Skiing
Paralympic Winter Games 2002, 2006, 2010


Lauren was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knees, but that couldn’t stop her passion for sports. She began hitting the slopes as a weekend pastime with her ski-enthusiast father, and skiing quickly grew into an impassioned vocation for the budding athlete. Despite tremendous challenges and setbacks, Lauren began racing with the Alberta Para-Alpine Ski Team when she was 14 years old.

"When I first started competing, I definitely thought being on the top step of that podium seemed impossible. But through years of training and hard work—and a great team behind me—I was able to translate that into ten medals at the Paralympic Games."

Quote If I could describe my journey in the Paralympic Games in one word, I would say determination. Unquote

Lauren continued defying what seemed impossible one downhill slope at a time. During her tenure with the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team, Lauren became one of the most decorated Para-alpine skiers in the world, winning ten medals—eight gold, one silver and one bronze—at the Paralympic Winter Games for Team Canada.

When announcing her departure from competitive skiing in 2010, Lauren stated that she wanted to be remembered as an athlete who faced challenges and overcame them to achieve success.

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