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.