- The most decorated winter in Canada, A Paralympian spotlights the country’s hopefuls.
- The 2022 Beijing Paralympics will feature only five sports, but there will be no shortage of intriguing athletes.
Before the occasion ceremony in China on March 4, here are Canadian competitors to keep an eye on:
Brian McKeever, Para-Nordic skiing
Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympian is returning for one last time. McKeever, 42, declared in October 2020 that Beijing would be his sixth and final Olympic Games, capping off a career that included 17 medals, including an eye-popping 13 golds.
“As much as I enjoy it, I have to face the facts that I’m getting old, with my beard getting longer and greyer by the day it’s time,” McKeever said in a statement to Rocky Mountain Outlook.
Perhaps the most significant achievement for the visually impaired athlete from Canmore, Alta., was being named Canada’s Olympic team in 2010, making him the first Canadian to be named to both teams.
McKeever, mentored by Russell Kennedy and Graham Nishikawa, has 20 world titles and served as the opening ceremony flag-bearer in Pyeongchang.
Mark Arendz, Para-Nordic skiing
Arendz is no stranger to the Paralympics, having competed in four of them. “At each game, there is a unique feel and atmosphere. Vancouver was at home, getting my feet wet. Sochi was a defining moment for me. It was the venue where I wanted to perform. I was a little disappointed when I left Sochi.
However, there was a strong drive for the next four years, which resulted in the third Pyeongchang Olympics, which was a huge success, “Arendz stated.
The 31-year-old from Hartsville, P.E.I., may be overstating when he calls the 2018 Games a “big success” Arendz won a Canadian-record six medals in Korea, including one gold, to quadruple his career total to eight.
Source: CBC News
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