Brian McKeever became Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympian with his record 14th medal on Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 38-year-old of Canmore, Alta., raced to his third straight Paralympic title in the men’s cross-country 20-kilometre visually impaired freestyle event in a time of 46 minutes 02.4 seconds alongside his guide Graham Nishikawa. It was also McKeever’s 11th Paralympic gold medal.
McKeever surpassed para alpine skier Lana Spreeman, who won 13 medals in her five Paralympic appearances.
Brian McKeever always dreamed of making it to the Olympics. However, after losing his eyesight, he took a new path to the Paralympics, and is now on the verge of becoming Canada’s most decorated winter Paralympian.1:43
Earlier this week, McKeever led the Canadian contingent as the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony in his fifth Games.
He’ll look to improve on his medal total on Wednesday in the 1.5 km sprint.
Canada’s Emily Young and Natalie Wilkie finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s 15 km standing free. Young, from North Vancouver, finished with a time of 51:51.4, while Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C., clocked in at 52:12.9.
Canadian curlers suffer 1st loss
In a battle of undefeated wheelchair curling teams, Canada’s rally from an early 4-1 deficit against South Korea fell short. The three-time defending Paralympic champions ultimately suffered a 7-5 loss.
The Canadians are now 3-1, while the host nation improved to 4-0.
Jaegoen Cha ran Canada out of stones with a double take out in the 8th end, handing South Korea the 7-5 win1:47
They’ll face Great Britain in their second match of the day on Monday at 6:30 a.m. ET.