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Sports McKeever races to Paralympic gold No. 12

18:35  14 march  2018
18:35  14 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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11. 12 .2014. Canada’s Brian McKeever famously fell flat on his back during the 1km sprint race at Sochi 2014, but overtook three competitors to claim gold . McKeever and Nishikawa went on to win three cross-country titles in total, to bring McKeever ’s Paralympic gold medal haul to 10.

11. 12 .2014. Canada’s Brian McKeever famously fell flat on his back during the 1km sprint race at Sochi 2014, but overtook three competitors to claim gold . McKeever and Nishikawa went on to win three cross-country titles in total, to bring McKeever ’s Paralympic gold medal haul to 10.

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Brian McKeever's bitterness over the 2010 Vancouver Olympic snub cost him the better part of two seasons, and robbed him of his love of the sport.

Canada's most successful winter Paralympian — with guide Russell Kennedy — skied to his second gold medal in Pyeongchang in the 1.5 kilometre sprint classic, the 12th gold of his career, and the 38-year-old from Canmore, Alta., talked about the tough road back from resentment.

"I was angry," said McKeever, who's visually impaired. "Every year I still feel that, I feel that I lost something. I feel like I lost a chance. And that will probably never go away. I tried to train through it, and I tried to train with a renewed purpose, that 'I'm going to go back and get to the next level.'

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No matter the challenge or setback, McKeever clearly chooses the former on his well-beaten path to the Paralympic podium. McKeever 's gold medal in the men's visually impaired 20km cross-country skiing event "These guys did a great job of towing me today," McKeever marvelled after the race .

History was made on Monday ( 12 March) when Canadian veteran Brian McKeever won his eleventh Paralympic gold medal. Paralympic champion in the 15km women’s vision impaired race . Benjamin Daviet of France won silver to add to his biathlon sprint gold but was no match for the winner.

"But it was with the wrong emotion, it was with the wrong head. And once I was able to refocus and say 'If I'm going to make it to Sochi and do well, I have to do it on my own terms and enjoy it.'"

McKeever's gold was one of six medals won Wednesday, boosting Canada's total to 16, tying their result from four years ago in Sochi.

McKeever, who carried Canada's flag into last week's opening ceremonies, was poised to make history in Vancouver as the world's first athlete to compete in both the winter Olympics and Paralympics in the same year. But Canada's Olympic cross-country coaches opted to enter four other skiers in the men's 50-kilometre race in a controversial decision.

McKeever, the odd man out, hadn't been focused on making history so much as he'd dreamed of lining up against the world's best on sport's grandest stage. And when it didn't happen "I actually gave away a couple of good years," he said.

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by FasterSkier General, News, Para Nordic, Racing March 12 , 2018. Make that record-breaking medal No. 14 for Brian McKeever . In his fifth Paralympics , the 38-year-old Canadian raced to the 11th gold medal of his career (and 14th medal total) on Monday at the 2018 Paralympics in

Cross-country skier Brian McKeever won the men’s visually impaired 20-kilometre race on Monday. The eight-time Paralympic gold medallist — who has been battling a virus since arriving in Russia last week The idea was for Carleton to guide the first 12 kilometres before giving way to Nishikawa.

He eventually went back to the basics and forced himself to remember why he loves skiing — "just the feeling of gliding, and the effort that it takes to get that . . . and I find it very meditative, the training aspect. It's repetitive for hours and hours. I enjoy that. It's good for my head."

Wednesday's sprint races saw skiers leave from the start at intervals based on the severity of their disabilities. McKeever and Kennedy started 28 seconds behind Zebastian Modin and then hunted down the Swedish skier and his guide, furiously double-poling up the steep climbs until they caught the Swedes. McKeever entered the stadium with a comfortable lead, crossing in four minutes 3.2 seconds, 2.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Modin.

The five-foot-eight McKeever, dressed in a red-and-white Canadian cap and red wraparound sunglasses, laughingly grumbled about how this particular victory had been no fun at all.

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Canadian cross-country legend Brian McKeever skied one of the great races in Paralympic history on Wednesday, overcoming an early fall to win gold in the men’s visually impaired 1 km race in Sochi. Last Updated:Mar 12 , 2014 8:06 AM ET. Canada's Brian McKeever , left, and his guide Graham

03/ 12 /2014 06:40 EDT | Updated 05/ 12 /2014 05:59 EDT. Canadian cross-country legend Brian McKeever skied one of the great races in Paralympic history on Wednesday, overcoming an early fall to win gold in the men’s visually impaired 1 km race in Sochi.

"I don't like these sprints," said McKeever, who has two more races in Pyeongchang. "Maybe when I was early 20s, but the older I get the harder this is, and the more that I focus on longer distance stuff, the harder this is too."

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He and Kennedy joked about how they were going so hard, they communicated on the course through "grunts."

Kennedy, a Paralympic rookie who competed for Canada in last month's Olympics, said he's loving this new side of the sport.

"It's different especially coming from the Olympics where it's all focused on yourself," said the 26-year-old from Canmore, Alta. "It's a lot more communication and talking to each other, but it's also really rewarding because you do it as a team."

Mark Arendz and Natalie Wilkie each won bronze Wednesday in the 1.5-kilometre race, while Canada picked up three bronze in alpine skiing's giant slalom, from Mollie Jepsen, Mac Marcoux, and Alexis Guimond.

McKeever said a big part of finally shaking that post-Vancouver anger was remembering how much he loves promoting Paralympic sport. And as one of Canada's most recognizable Paralympians, the 19-time world champion plays a huge role in that.

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Canadian cross-country legend Brian McKeever skied one of the great races in Paralympic history on Wednesday, overcoming an early fall to win gold in the men’s visually impaired 1 km race in Sochi. Brandon Hicks · CBC Sports · March 12 , 2014.

The eight-time Paralympic gold medallist — who has been battling a virus The idea was for Carleton to guide the first 12 kilometres before giving way to Nishikawa. Carleton was named on the start list for the race and will share the gold medal with McKeever , something that suited Nishikawa just fine.

McKeever has Stargardt's disease, which took his central vision at the age of 19. He still has 100 per cent peripheral vision. He dad lost his vision to the disease, while his older brother Robin, a retired Olympic skier and Brian's first guide, wasn't affected.

McKeever would love to change perceptions of people with disabilities.

"So what? I can't drive. If that's the worst of it, no big deal. There's 30 million people in Tokyo, how many of them are driving? They're all taking the subway to get to work," McKeever said. "Everybody has something that makes us insecure, and shapes our perspective of the world that we live in. We can see it as a physical disability, we can see it as an emotional disability, and we can see it as pyschological. All that stuff is there. Or we can choose to not see it at all."

McKeever said he quit seeing it in the Paralympic world.

"You walk past the wax rooms, and there's a bunch of wheelchairs, and a couple of legs lying on the ground, and that's just totally normal," he said.

Having a blind dad with a great sense of humour helped.

"We grew up on the farm with some pretty black humour, there was a lot of self-deprecating humour," he said. "It probably helped me move on from my own disability when it started to happen, but also from a lot of just social issues that we come across too.

"I was fortunate to grow up really liberal in that sense, taking people as individuals and not lumping people into groups. That's the easiest thing to do. It's difficult to go up to somebody, regardless of disability, race, whatever, and see that this person is an individual and we could get along great or we could hate each other, but we don't know that until we start talking. As opposed to 'I'm a blind guy from Canada. This guy's missing a leg from Ukraine.' It's really important to have that conversation and make your own decisions after meeting somebody."

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