Cindy Ouellet is now officially a two-sport Paralympian.
Even more, she has competed for Canada in both the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics. Already a wheelchair basketball player, Ouellet competed in three sitting cross-country skiing events in these Pyeongchang Paralympics. Her best performances were two 17th-place finishes in the 1.1km sprint and the 5km event.
She also finished in 18th place in the longer 12 km event.
Ouellet has a world championship gold medal in the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships, earned in 2014. She has not won an Olympic medal. She was one of three Canadian Paralympians to compete in both the Summer and Winter Paralympics in these 2018 Winter Games.
Before these Winter Olympics, Ouellet said she felt she was doubtful to even qualify for the Games. Yet qualify she did. That’s pretty impressive for taking up the sport for such a short period of time.
Congratulations to Ouellet and all of the Paralympians who competed in these Winter Games!