Natalie Wilkie21 January 2001
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Gold: cross-country middle distance; Silver: cross-country mixed relay; Bronze: cross-country sprint
She had made her Nordic skiing debut only months before at a home World Cup in Canmore, finishing fourth in all her cross-country events.
In South Korea, Wilkie prevailed over her more experienced rivals to take a much-celebrated gold in the women’s middle distance standing. She followed that up with bronze in the sprint and silver in the mixed relay.
As a result, she received the Canadian Paralympic Sport Award for Best Paralympic Debut by a Female Athlete.
Wilkie lost four fingers on her left hand in an accident during woodwork class at school in 2016. "I was planing a piece of wood. The wood kicked back so my hand went into the machine, and I was stuck for an hour."