Manitoba ends first week at Canada Games with six medals

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Team Manitoba ended the first week of the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island in seventh place with six medals, three gold and three silver.

On Friday, 17-year-old Sofia Bieber of Winnipeg – Team Manitoba’s opening ceremony flagbearer – won her fifth medal of the Canada Games, striking gold in the women’s mass start. It was her third gold medal to go with two silvers.

“This race was a very unexpected win for me, due to the fact that I have not had much success in the mass start race before,” said Bieber. “I just had so much adrenaline going today during that race, just because it was so cold and it’s the last race of our competition, and I just really gave it all that I had.”

Bieber also won gold in the women’s 1,000m and 500m, silver in the 1,500m and teamed up with Robyn Salie, Lindsay Smart and Skylar Van Horne for silver in team pursuit.

Victoria Lee and Grace Qi won Manitoba’s first medal of the Canada Games with a silver in women’s doubles in table tennis.

Week Two begins Monday with a practice day for most sports – except women’s hockey where Team Manitoba plays Ontario.

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