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Fort McMurrayite brings home gold from Canada Winter Games

PHOTO. Supplied. Lyndsey Janes and Team Alberta bring home gold in Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta earned 100 medals at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer in what’s being called its best performance.

Lyndsey Janes, of Fort McMurray, played on the Women’s hockey team, which brought home one of the record 36 golds earned at the games.

Team Alberta knocked the undefeated Team Quebec down to silver with a 2-1 victory.

Janes said that Team Alberta went in as the underdog, having only won a single game in round robin action – a shootout win over Nova Scotia.

“We went in as the underdogs, ranked fourth, but we persevered and we knew we could win that gold medal and that’s what we did.”

She said the third period was stressful, but it came down to “being gritty.”

Team Alberta came in third overall with 36 gold, 33 silver and 31 bronze medals, behind Ontario with 105 medals and Quebec with 146.

Alberta also showed the biggest improvement compared to last year, earning us the top spot of the Centennial Cup standings.

This is the first time the province has hosted the games in more than 20 years.