Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award during a presentation at the site of the opening ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
Sir Philip Craven, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and a past winner of the Disabled Athlete Award, presented the award to Petitclerc, a dominant figure in wheelchair racing.
Petitclerc has won five gold medals in each of the last two Paralympics, covering races from 100 meters to 1,500 meters. In Beijing in 2008 she set three world records and four Paralympic records. She has 21 career Paralympic medals, including 14 golds.
Petitclerc participated in the opening ceremony for the 2010 Games, which continue through 21 March.
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