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Canadian cross country skiers win gold at Winter Paralympics

Chris Klebl
Chris Klebl
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According to, team Canada won two gold medals in cross country skiing on Sunday on the closing day of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Brian McKeever of Calgary, Alberta won a gold medal in the men's 10km cross country skiing event for the visually impaired and Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alberta won a gold medal in the men's 10km sit skiing event.

The gold medal for McKeever was completely expected because he won the gold medal in the men's 10km at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

McKeever also won in dominating fashion. His time of 23:18.1 was exactly seven seconds faster than silver medalist Stanislav Chokhlaev of Russia. Thomas Clarion of France won the bronze medal with a time of 24:14.9.

However, the gold medal for Klebl was not expected. According to CBC Sports, Klebl's win was a complete surprise because the favourite was Russian Roman Petushkov. Maksym Yarovi of Ukraine won the silver medal with a time of 31:06.05, compared to Klebl's time of 30:52.0. Grigory Murygin of Russia won the bronze medal with a time of 31:18.2.

Team Canada finished with 16 medals--seven gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals. They were fourth in the medal standings behind Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

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