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Bourgonje retires after winning 10 medals in Paralympic career

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The Canadian Press
4/30/2014 11:39:21 PM
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OTTAWA -- Canada's Colette Bourgonje, a 10-time Paralympic medallist, retired Wednesday to end a 24-year career.

The Prince Albert, Sask., native is the only athlete in the world to have competed in all seven Paralympic Winter Games from 1992-2014.

Bourgonje, 52, also competed at three Paralympic Summer Games in wheelchair athletics. She won three silver and three bronze medals in the Winter Games while taking four bronze in the Summer Games.

Bourgonje was the first Canadian to win a Paralympic medal at home after taking silver in women's 10-kilometre sit-ski at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, a heartfelt thank you to Colette for her contributions to Paralympic sport and congratulations on an unparalleled career," said Karen O'Neill, CEO of the CPC, in a statement.

"Colette has been a great leader on the national para-nordic team through her accomplishments and experience. We wish her well in retirement."

Fireworks at closing ceremony (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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