Princeton Special Olympics skier

Princeton Special Olympics skier

Special Olympics skier Paul Gabriel wins Olympic Gold

Princeton welcomes home Paul Gabriel from the Special Olympics Winter Games.

Some 150 athletes and coaches and support persons travelled to Crystal Mountain, West Kelowna B.C., for the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games.  The featured events were Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country ski racing. The Games ran March 3rd and 4th, 2011.

Paul returns with a GOLD MEDAL for ALPINE SKIING INTERMEDIATE GIANT SLALOM and a BRONZE MEDAL for ALPINE SKIING INTERMEDIATE SLALOM.

His times were:    1:17.56 Giant Slalom (gold)

1: 32.51 Slalom (bronze)

Paul, and Special Olympics Princeton, wish to thank the many people who helped him achieve success:  Shelby Smith for getting him to Manning Park for race training; the great folks at Manning Park Ski Resort who helped him in many ways this season; the Apex Mountain community who helped in 2010; the community of Princeton for all of the support he has received, including the generous fund raising contributions of so many, and Gloria Gagnon for her tireless efforts for Special O and Paul.

Last but no least, Paul gives a big thank you to his coach, Bob Wicks.  Fun skiing, training, REGIONAL GAMES in Vernon (2010), and the PROVINCIAL WINTER GAMES in West Kelowna (2011).   A great ride and lots of fun.

Congratulations PAUL (GABBY) GABRIEL .  You trained hard and are very deserving of your medals.