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Record-Breaking Winter Games for Canadian Paralympic Team

Record-Breaking Winter Games for Canadian Paralympic Team

Photo: With Para nordic skier Mark Arendz representing the Canadian Paralympic Team as flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony, Canada officially concluded a record-breaking nine days of competition with 28 medals won at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic. Credit Canadian Paralympic Committee.

PyeongChang 2018: A record-breaking Winter Games for Canadian Paralympic Team

  • Canada finishes with 28 medals, its most ever at a Paralympic Winter Games
  • Canadians close out PyeongChang 2018 with four medals on Day 9

PYEONGCHANG, South KoreaMarch 18, 2018 /CNW/ – With Para nordic skier Mark Arendz representing the Canadian Paralympic Team as flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony, Canada officially concluded a record-breaking nine days of competition with 28 medals won at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This is Canada’s greatest number of podium finishes at a Paralympic Winter Games in history. In the standings, Canada finished second in medal count behind the United States who won 36 medals, including 13 gold.

MEDAL CHART:

Gold – 8

Silver – 4

Bronze – 16

TOTAL – 28

With 28 total medals, Canada has crushed its previous best Paralympic Winter Games, 19 medals won at Vancouver 2010. The goal entering competition at PyeongChang had been to improve upon the 16 medals won four years ago in Sochi. The Vancouver Games still marks the most gold medals won by Canada with 10.

“We are so proud of all of our athletes, coaches, and support staff here in PyeongChang,” said Todd Nicholson, Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team. “This has been a superb Paralympic Games for the Canadian Paralympic Team. Not only did we meet our goal of exceeding 16 medals won at Sochi 2014, we absolutely smashed right through it. It has been a phenomenal nine days of Paralympic action. There is a lot of hard work behind-the-scenes that goes into those performances and they are so well-deserved. Congratulations to our entire team; it has been such a joy to watch everyone compete.” 

“The hard work, dedication and commitment of every member of the team contributed to Canada’smost successful Paralympic Winter Games,” said Mark Arendz, six-time medallist in PyeongChang and Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. “Whether athlete, coach, staff, or official, everyone showcased their commitment to the task and pride for the Canadian flag in what they did to help achieve this historic Games.”

PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – CANADIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM MEDALS

GOLD MEDALS
Name – Sport – Event
Mac Marcoux (Guide: Jack Leitch) Para alpine Men’s Downhill, Visually Impaired
Kurt Oatway Para alpine Men’s Super-G, Sitting
Mollie Jepsen Para alpine Women’s Super Combined, Standing
Brian McKeever (Guides: Graham Nishikawa and Russell Kennedy) Para nordic (Cross-country) Men’s 20KM, Visually Impaired
Brian McKeever (Guide: Russell Kennedy) Para nordic (Cross-country) Men’s 1.5KM Sprint, Visually Impaired
Brian McKeever (Guides: Graham Nishikawa and Russell Kennedy) Para nordic (Cross-country) Men’s 10KM Classic, Visually Impaired
Natalie Wilkie Para nordic (Cross-country) Women’s 7.5KM, Standing
Mark Arendz Para nordic (Biathlon) Men’s 15KM, Standing
TOTAL: 8

SILVER MEDALS
Name – Sport – Event
Mark Arendz Para nordic (Biathlon) Men’s 7.5KM, Standing
4×2.5KM Mixed Relay Team (Natalie Wilkie, Emily Young, Chris Klebl, Mark Arendz) Para nordic (Cross-country) 4×2.5KM Mixed Relay
Mollie Jepsen Para alpine Women’s Slalom, Standing
Para ice hockey team (Billy Bridges, Brad Bowden, Greg Westlake, Steve Arsenault, Adam Dixon, James Gemmel, Corbin Watson, Ben Delaney, Dominic Larcoque, Tyler McGregor, Liam Hickey, Tyrone Henry, Rob Armstrong, Dominic Cozzolino, James Dunn, Bryan Sholomicki, Corbyn Smith) Para ice hockey Para ice hockey tournament
TOTAL: 4

BRONZE MEDALS
Name – Sport – Event
Alexis Guimond Para alpine Men’s Giant Slalom, Standing
Mac Marcoux (Guide: Jack Leitch) Para alpine Men’s Giant Slalom, Visually Impaired
Mollie Jepsen Para alpine Women’s Downhill, Standing
Mollie Jepsen Para alpine Women’s Giant Slalom, Standing
Alana Ramsay Para alpine Women’s Super Combined, Standing
Alana Ramsay Para alpine Women’s Super-G, Standing
Mark Arendz Para nordic (Biathlon) Men’s 12.5KM, Standing
Collin Cameron Para nordic (Biathlon) Men’s 7.5KM, Sitting
Collin Cameron Para nordic (Biathlon) Men’s 15KM, Sitting
Brittany Hudak Para nordic (Biathlon)B48 Women’s 12.5KM, Standing
Mark Arendz Para nordic (Cross-country) Men’s 1.5KM Sprint, Standing
Mark Arendz Para nordic (Cross-country) Men’s 10KM Classic, Standing
Natalie Wilkie Para nordic (Cross-country) Women’s 1.5KM Sprint, Standing
Emily Young Para nordic (Cross-country) Women’s 7.5KM, Standing
4×2.5KM Open Relay Team (Collin Cameron, Brian McKeever and guide Graham Nishikawa) Para nordic (Cross-country) 4X2.5KM Open Relay
Wheelchair Curling Team (Mark Ideson, Ina Forrest, Marie Wright, Dennis Thiessen, James Anseeuw) Wheelchair curling Wheelchair curling tournament
TOTAL: 16

“All of our Paralympians have distinguished themselves during these Games and we are very pleased with the results. All Canadians should be extremely proud of these incredible performances. We acknowledge the great work from our national sport organizations, the coaches, and the support staff whom have invested in our athletes for these Games. Through record-breaking viewership on all platforms, Canadians proved they want to witness Paralympic sport and they are eager to support our athletes by tuning in. We would like to thank our media partners and sponsors for supporting our media consortium efforts.” –  Marc-André Fabien, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee.

TOP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) won the most medals by a Canadian in a single Paralympic Winter Games with six medals across biathlon and cross-country – one gold, two silver, and three bronze.
  • Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, BC) was the most prolific female medallist for Canada, as the 18-year-old won four in Para alpine skiing – one gold (super combined), one silver (slalom), and two bronze (downhill and giant slalom).
  • Brian McKeever (Canmore, AB) became Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympian of all-time with his gold medal in the 20KM cross-country race to hit 14 Paralympic medals. He added to his total with two golds in the 1.5KM sprint and 10KM race, and a bronze in the 4×2.5KM Open Relay. He now holds 17 Paralympic medals, 13 of which are gold.
  • Canada’s Para ice hockey team won silver, besting its result from the past two Paralympic Games. They lost a heartbreaking final 2-1 to the United States in overtime.
  • Six teenagers captured medals – Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm, BC) in Para nordic, Mollie Jepsenand Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) in Para alpine, and Liam Hickey (St. John’s, NL), James Dunn(Wallacetown, ON), and Corbyn Smith (Monkton, ON) in Para ice hockey. Together, they were part of eight medals for Canada.
  • Canada’s youngest athlete in PyeongChang won three medals – 17-year-old Natalie Wilkie a gold, silver, and bronze in cross-country skiing.
  • The oldest athlete on the team also won a medal – 58-year-old Jamie Anseeuw (Oak Bluff, MB) a bronze in wheelchair curling.
  • 20 athletes won their first-ever Paralympic medals in PyeongChang.
  • 14 athletes from Ontario won a medal in PyeongChang (11 from the Para ice hockey team). Athletes from other provinces going home with medals include: Alberta (seven), British Columbia (five), Manitoba (four), Saskatchewan (two), Prince Edward Island (two), Quebec (two), Newfoundland and Labrador (one), and Yukon (one). 
  • 11 athletes won multiple medals at these Games (including three guides): Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste-Marie, ON) and guide Jack Leitch (Calgary, AB), Brian McKeever and guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, YK) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore,  AB), Mollie JepsenAlana Ramsay(Calgary, AB), Mark ArendzCollin Cameron (Sudbury, ON), Natalie Wilkie, and Emily Young(North Vancouver, BC).
  • Canada kept its podium streak alive in wheelchair curling for the fourth straight Games, since the sport debuted at the Paralympics in 2006. The team won bronze.
  • Alexis Guimond became the first Canadian male standing skier to medal in 20 years. The 18-year-old rebounded from two fourth-place finishes to win bronze in the men’s standing giant slalom event.
  • Collin Cameron became the first Canadian Para nordic sit skier ever to medal with his bronze in the 7.5KM biathlon. He added a second bronze medal later in the 15KM race and again in the 4×2.5KM Open Relay in cross-country.
  • Canadians just missed the podium several other times as well, with nine fourth-place results and five more in the Top 5.

SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee