Editor: Look, there’s something incredibly wrong with this picture. When one of Canada’s “Golden Girls,” Islander Heather Moyse, won her second Olympic gold medal for bobsledding, she was featured front and center on both the front page and sports section of The Guardian. When Island biathlete, Mark Arendz, won his second - not first - second, medal at the Paralympic games in Sochi, there was a small article at the bottom of the front page highlighting his success.
I recently attended the Eastern Canadian Biathlon Championships and Canadian Youth Junior Biathlon World Championship selection trials which were held in February at the Brookvale Nordic Centre. All the athletes competing demonstrated a great amount of athleticism as they skied around the course. Biathlon is one of the most difficult sports in the Olympics. It requires a great amount of stamina and precision while shooting. To think that local media such as The Guardian gave such unbalanced coverage of these two athletes competing on the world stage is appalling.
Mark won a silver medal in the men’s 7.5km Standing, only a mere 0.7 of a second off the 1st place time, and a bronze medal in the men’s 12.5km Standing. Heather Moyse is being awarded the Order of Prince Edward Island based on her “extraordinary act” of winning two Olympic gold medals. If Mark’s performance at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games doesn’t demonstrate and extraordinary act of athleticism, I really don’t know what does.