Dara Howell’s Olympic gold talk of the town and country as Huntsville celebrates golden girl
HUNTSVILLE - It’s all anyone was talking about – and watching and re-watching on CBC.
Dara Howell’s Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal was the talk of the town across Canada.
But no more so than in her hometown of Huntsville, where about 100 people gathered this morning to watch her two incredible slope style ski runs.
The first was flawless, as she scored 94.20 and her second victory lap was awash in the k knowledge that she won the sport’s first gold.
And the 19-year-old couldn’t be more proud.
Nor could her fan club, which included MP Tony Clement who drover overnight from Ottawa to attend the all-night and all-day party at Howell’s home club the Hidden Valley Ski Area.
With her dad Doug and mom Dee (owners of PowWow Point Lodge in Huntsville) on hand in Sochi to see their daughter achieve here dream, Howell was overcome with emotion as she paid tribute to Sarah Burke, who led the charge to get the sport into the X-Games and these Olympics.
Howell said before the Games that she just wanted a Canadian to win the first gold.
And she told the CBC she “couldn’t believe” she was the first one to do it.
In an interview with the CBC’s Ron McLean later last night, her mother said she was “so proud” of her daughter’s “phenomenal” feat.
In a touching moment, Dara leaned over and put her head on her tearful mom’s shoulder.
Dara’s dad told McLean about how his daughter gave up the early morning rigors and regiments of of downhill training for the freedom of slope style.
And from Huntsville to Gravenhurst, Parry Sound to Dwight, Howell was the first thing out of everyone’s mouth.
“Did you see Dara’s gold medal?”
How could you miss. CBC had her covered from the top of the hill to the bottom and for a dozen and more hours afterwards.
Howell was a hit, as she took first ahead of American Devin Logan and teammate Kim Lamarre.
So, what a party it’s going to be when Howell’s homecoming takes place in the next week or so.
The HiddenValley hill will be lined with supporters and admirers.
Get out your snowboard and skis and wax and wear anything red to welcome here home.
See the first story from the 4:30 a.m. morning run on MuskokaTODAILY.
And see photo gallery below – click photos to enlarge.
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