|Sonja & Ina|
Name: Sonja Gaudet
Sport: Paralympic Wheelchair Curling
Nickname: The Brain – she invented a piece of equipment that changed her game and made her a winner.
Background: Got back into sports five years after becoming paralyzed in a horseback riding accident. Began with wheelchair basketball and tennis, but after trying curling, realized it was the sport she connected with most naturally.
Medals: Four golds: 2006 and 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, 2009 and 2011 World Championships.
HOW SHE DOES IT
With her self-designed "balance post". Made from an ergonomic, lightweight aluminum, it features a custom clamping system designed to her specs. It's attached to the left side of her wheelchair, and allows her to alter her physical delivery of the stone so that she can sit up straight, the most crucial ability in the act of curling. And one that puts her in the ideal position for accuracy and focus.
Eight months per year - Three ice sessions per week, two gym sessions per week. Four weeks away at international competitions. Forty days away at training camps and competitions.