Bourgonje was on pace to win the gold medal, but she lost valuable time when she crashed in the second of three laps. Her final time of 31:49.8 was less than a minute behind the gold medalist from Belarus, and about a minute ahead of the Ukrainian bronze medalist.
After an automobile accident in 1980 left Bourgonje unable to walk, the former cross-country runner changed her focus to wheelchair racing, in which she has won four medals in four summer Paralympic games. She later tried sit-skiing and has participated in all five winter Paralympic games, earning five more medals.
More information on Bourgonje can be found at:
Q&A with Colette Bourgonje: Spring 2006 Green and White
Paralympic Perspectives: Colette Bourgonje
Medal Update:Bourgonje added her tenth medal--a bronze in the 5 km cross-country sit-ski--on March 18. There may be more on the way, as she has not yet decided if she will participate in the relay.
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