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WOOLSTENCROFT Lauren
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthCalgary, CAN
Height1.72 m
Weight 56 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - University of Victoria: Victoria, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age four in Whitefish, Montana, on family skiing holidays, and began competitive racing aged 14.
Why this sport?
"I was 14 years old when a friend, who was on the Alberta para-alpine team at the time, suggested I come out and try racing. I did, and instantly liked it. I am a competitive person by nature. It was a good fit. I had skied for a lot of years. I could pick it up fairly easily and quickly. I had some early success and I did pretty well fairly early on. So, I thought, if I stuck with it, I would have had a chance to do well."
General Interest
Nicknames
Her Salt Lake City teammates nicknamed her 'Pudding' because of her sweet tooth. She was also known as Canada's 'Golden Girl' of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (canadianliving.com, 14 Aug 2011)
Hobbies
Hiking, mountain biking, cooking. (upmagazine.com, 30 Nov 2009; canadianliving.com, 14 Aug 2011 )
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the first Paralympic Winter Games to be held in Canada in 2010, where she won a record-breaking five gold medals. (prospectmagazine.ca, 13 Jul 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (prospectmagazine.ca, 13 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol
"I never really had sports heroes. I grew up with a disability, and the Paralympics weren’t really big then, so I never really looked up to athletes in that way." (upmagazine.com, 30 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There's no magic formula for success. Ultimately, it's about believing in yourself, making realistic goals, believing you can achieve them and going for them without hesitation. Live with no regrets." (canadianliving.com, 14 Aug 2011)
Awards and honours
She was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. Her grandfather, Arthur 'Art' Davis, is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. (albertasportshalloffame.com, 01 Jan 2012)

She was Canada's only nominee at the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards. (albertasportshalloffame.com, 01 Jan 2012)

In honour of her 2010 Paralympic Winter Games performance, she was chosen to be Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremony. (canada-heros.com, 18 Feb 2011)

In 2007 she was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, which recognises "outstanding Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with physical disabilities". (canada-heros.com, 18 Feb 2011)

She was named Best Female Athlete in 2007, the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Year in 2006, and the Top Female Athlete at the 2002 Winter Paralympic Games. (albertasportshalloffame.com, 01 Jan 2012)
Famous relatives
Her grandfather, Arthur 'Art' Davis, won the Alberta Tennis championship four times. He also played baseball, soccer, and professional hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks, before turning his attention to golf. (albertasportshalloffame.com, 01 Jan 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
Shortly after the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver she announced her retirement from the sport. (insideworldparasport.biz, 13 Jan 2011)

PARALYMPIC BEST
At the time she achieved it, her haul of five gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver was the most won by any winter Paralympian at a single Games. (bsb.com, 01 Jan 2011)

IMPAIRMENT
She was born without legs below the knee and without her left arm below the elbow. (canada-heros.com, 18 Feb 2011)

OCCUPATION
She works as an electrical engineer at BC HYDRO in Canada. (prospectmagazine.ca, 13 Jul 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2002 Downhill LW3,4,6/8,9  DNF
1 2002 Super-G LW3,4,6/8,9 1:27.04
3 2002 Giant Slalom LW3,4,9 2:42.33
1 2002 Slalom LW3,4,9 2:04.26
2 2006 Super-G - Standing 1:22.67
1 2006 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:07.03
1 2010 Downhill - Standing 1:25.54
1 2010 Slalom - Standing 1:51.97
1 2010 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:34.03
1 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:26.46
1 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:22.67
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2003/2004 Downhill LW3,6/8,9 1:30.97
1 2003/2004 Super-G LW3,6/8,9 1:32.78
4 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW3,6/8,9 2:35.36
  2003/2004 Slalom LW3,6/8,9  DNF
1 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 1:56.61
1 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 1:48.43
1 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:13.78
1 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:03.06
5 2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing 2:08.57