RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Canada’s Paralympic athletes are touching down at airports across the country Monday after a record setting games.
In Vancouver, the athletes were welcomed as heroes, with cheers, waving flags and signs from the crowd that gathered at the international arrivals terminal.
Among the returning Olympic team was alpine skier Mollie Jepsen. Overcoming two torn ACLs and a broken ankle, the 18-year-old from West Vancouver brought home four medals, including a gold, silver, and two bronze.
“Honestly, I don’t really think I’ve processed it fully. It’s been pretty go, go, go the entire time,” Jepsen said with her four medals around her neck. We started racing on day one and the girls finished racing on the last day of the games. I’m just really happy to have been able to put down some good skiing.” she said.
Jepsen won gold in super combined, silver in slalom and bronze in downhill and giant slalom.
Her father, Dan, watched every race and was waiting for meet his daughter at the airport, sign in hand.
“I’m so proud that she skied so well for Canada. It’s amazing. It’s a dream for her come true. She’s amazing, so [I’m a] proud dad,” he said.
Jepsen isn’t ruling out more Paralympic games.
Canada’s Paralympians brought home a record 28 medals.