Speechless. That was Emily Dickson‘s reaction after winning her fourth 2015 Canada Winter Games medal, her second of the gold variety, as she and her teammates celebrated their win in the 3 x 6 km women’s biathlon relay on Friday.

“It’s such a great, great feeling to have this,” said Dickson, a Burns Lake native and Prince George transplant who anchored Team BC, which included Prince George’s Claire Lapointe and Kelowna biathletes Tekara Banser and Jennah Smailes.

“I had a bit of a lead, so I knew as long as I didn’t have any wipe-outs or anything on the course I’d be good,” she said about coming down the final stretch. “Around the last technical corner I cruised through the stadium finish and I was so happy, the crowd was chanting my name and my teammates were going crazy, it was so cool. I really haven’t experienced anything like that before.”

She added that it was an awesome experience being able to share with her team. Dickson won three individual medals before Friday, a bronze in the 12.5km Individual, silver in 7.5km Sprint, and gold in the 10km Pursuit.

On the final leg, Dickson held onto a lead given to her by Lapointe, who went a perfect 10-for-10 at the range and built up a 16-second lead over the next skier before handing it off to her teammate.

“To have that extra energy in the crowd, it adds a little extra, out on the course,” said Dickson. I found that extra bit of energy to push me through, especially on that final lap. So it was fantastic to have everyone out, and I’m so glad I can share it with them.”

Originally published: February 21, 2015
(Submitted by Carol Hansson)