Durango's Brittani Coury wins snowboard silver at Paralympic Games

The 28-year-old, a victor of five medals at the Games, including two golds, was chosen by a vote of fellow American athletes.

Gold medal winner Bibian Mentel-spee of Netherlands, center, silver medal winner Brittani Coury of the United States, left, and bronze medal winner Lisa Bunschoten of Netherlands, right, celebrate during the victory ceremony for the women's snowboard banked slalom SB-LL2 at the 2018 Winter Paralympics Friday in Jeongseon, South Korea.

To accomodate competitors who sit, stand, or are are visually-impaired, there are three classifications within alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and biathlon.

Taking part in her third Winter Games, Lysova topped the podium in the biathlon race with a time of 37 minutes and 42.6 seconds. Americans Noah Elliot and Mike Schultz won gold and silver, respectively. "I just wanted to be down at the bottom as fast as I could, and it actually paid off".

"It's so unbelievable. I can't even describe it", she said.

Ideson's rink rallied for another comeback win - this time against the Neutral Paralympic Athletes - and then held on to beat Slovakia 9-5 in the second match Wednesday.

"I didn't think about that". To go out there and win bronze feels even more exciting for me than Sochi.

Brittani CouryOn winning her first Paralympic medal."It's just insane".

Despite the injury, she has continued to shine on the global stage, claiming cross-country gold medals in the 1.1km sprint and today's 5km event. The two skiers said they are ready to compete in cross-country skiing mixed relay despite the absence of their male counterparts, who were denied entry to the Games by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). "I'm really proud of the way that the team played", said Ideson. Amy Purdy (Silverthorne, Colorado) won her second medal of the Games and the third of her career as she grabbed bronze.

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  • Angelo Rivera