Vernon’s Justin Sigal (from left), and Kelowna’s Tracey Melesko have won medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria while Francis Stanley of Kelowna (right) has a top-10 finish, all in cross-country skiing. - Image credit: File photo

Vernon’s Justin Sigal (from left), and Kelowna’s Tracey Melesko have won medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria while Francis Stanley of Kelowna (right) has a top-10 finish, all in cross-country skiing. - Image credit: File photo

Okanagan athletes medal at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Kelowna’s Tracey Melesko wins gold, Vernon’s Justin Sigal takes silver

Vernon’s Justin Sigal is coming home from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria with at least one medal.

Sigal won silver Monday in the M6 5-kilometre cross-country ski classic race.

His friend and Okanagan training mate, Tracey Melesko of Kelowna, won the gold medal in the F2 race.

Sigal has a chance for two more medals in Austria. He is slated to compete in the M02 4 x 1-km freestyle relay Wednesday, and the M2 2.5-km classic Thursday.

Melesko is slated to be in the same two events in her divisions, while fellow Okanagan teammate Francis Stanley of Kelowna is scheduled to race with Sigal in the relay. Stanley will also compete in the M1 2.5-km classic.

Stanley was sixth in the in the M1 10-km freestyle race.

The Okanagan skiers are joined in Austria on Team Canada by coach Ray Huson of Penticton and coach/wax technician Garth Vickers of Kelowna.

There are 20 athletes from B.C. on the 108-member Canadian squad, competing in cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, floor hockey, speed skating and figure skating.

Canada won 16 medals on Day 2 Monday, which includes Melesko’s gold and Sigal’s silver.

Canada won 10 snowshoeing medals, including three gold, four silver and three bronze, a gold in figure skating, and three medals in speed skating, including gold.