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Paralympic medallist Wisniewska retires, ski team named

The Canadian Press

5/14/2012 2:11:01 PM

CALGARY -- Paralympic medallist Karolina Wisniewska has announced her retirement from ski racing.

The Calgary native won eight Paralympic medals -- four silver and four bronze -- during her 17-year career on the Para-Alpine team.

She retired in 2004 because of a concussion, but returned to the team in 2007 to prepare for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

Wisniewska, who has cerebral palsy and competes in standing ski, won bronze medals in slalom and super combined in Whistler.

"Obviously because I ended up coming back I wasn't done with ski racing and I am so glad I came back," she said Monday in a statement.

Wisniewska earned a master's in art history from the University of Oxford during her first retirement and now works in Ottawa for Sport Canada.

She won bronze medals in slalom and super combined at last year's world championship and earned 18 career World Cup medals.

Her two silver and two bronze at the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake City made her the first Canadian alpine skier to win four medals at a single Games.

Meanwhile, 11 athletes and two guides were named Monday to the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team for the 2012-13 season.

Edmonton's Kimberly Joines and Viviane Forest, Calgary's Alexandra Starker, Toronto's Chris Williamson, Josh Dueck of Kimberley, B.C., Matt Hallat of Coquitlam, B.C., Vancouver's Morgan Perrin, Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, Alta., Caleb Brousseau of Terrace, B.C., Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., and Michael Whitney of North Bay, Ont., will represent Canada.

Chloe Lauzon-Gauthier of Joliette, Que., and Robin Femy of Mont-Tremblant, Que., will be guides for visually impaired athletes.