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2014 Winter Paralympic preview--Canadian edition

Standing biathlete Mark Arendz from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the 2013 World Champion in the men's 7.5 km.
Standing biathlete Mark Arendz from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the 2013 World Champion in the men's 7.5 km. Hannah Peters, Getty Images

According to the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi begins on Friday.

Brian McKeever
Brian McKeeverHannah Peters, Getty Images

Team Canada is sending 54 athletes who will be participating in the sports of sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-alpine skiing, para-snowboarding, para-nordic skiing and biathlon.

Like the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Canada is strong in hockey and curling, however the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be an attempt for redemption for the sledge hockey players. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the Canadian team finished in a very disappointing fourth place.

From an individual standpoint, Calgary's Brian McKeever will try to add to his gold medal collection after finishing thrice on top of the podium at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. McKeever is an elite cross-country skier, who will be competitive in every men's cross-country skiing event for the visually impaired.

Canada will try to improve on their medal total of 19 from the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. However that might be difficult without Calgary's Lauren Woolstencroft, who dominated the women's para-alpine skiing events four years ago by winning five gold medals, and has since retired.

Here is a slideshow of some of Canada's medal contenders at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.