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Gold medal history

Brain McKeever wins Canada’s first gold at Paralympic Games


 

At last: Gold! Brian McKeever, the visually impaired cross-country skier from Alberta, has earned Canada its first-ever Paralympic gold on home soil. McKeever finished his gold-medal 20-kilometre race 40.9 seconds ahead of the silver medallist: Nikolay Polukhin of Russia. He raced with his older brother, Robin McKeever, who competes as his guide. Eager fans gathered around the finish line at Whistler’s Paralympic Park on Monday to cheer on the Canadian; they were, however, asked to remain silent so that the athletes could listen to their guides.

Toronto Star


 
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  1. Another reason to be a proud Canadian, congratulations Brian!

  2. It is unfortunate that Brian missed the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Team Event as well. It would have been a significant historical event to be able to cross the boundaries between the Olympics and Paralympics. I believe that although he was the alternate, he should have been selected to ski that event because as human beings we rise to momentous occasions and he had something to prove on that day. If I was the coach I would value that additional drive over historical half seconds.

    I live in Whistler but was unable to watch Brians event live, as I had a previous engagement. Fortunately that previous engagement was to see the Women's Slalom Standing event that very same day. As a Canadian, I also had the pleasure of watching our Women get Gold and Bronze in person. My daughter also walked away with a 'Gold Medal Hat'. I invite you to see that story on my Blog at http://blog.virtualwhistler.com/?p=502

  3. Congratulations Brian. You deserve it. You will serve as an inspiration to many people. Cheers!

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