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McKeever challenged in winning second Paralympic gold in Sochi

Brian McKeever
Brian McKeever
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Brian McKeever of Calgary, Alberta won his second gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi on Wednesday.

McKeever posted a time of 3:59.6 to win the men's 1 km cross country skiing freestyle sprint competition for the visually impaired. Zebastian Modin of Sweden won the silver medal with a time of 4:01.4 and Oleg Ponomarev won the bronze medal with a time of 4:05.0.

It was McKeever's second gold medal, having previously won the men's 20km on Monday. But it is the way McKeever won Wednesday that has the sports world buzzing. McKeever fell at the beginning of the race, but was able to get up and pass his opponents.

Meanwhile in alpine skiing, Kim Joines* of Edmonton, Alberta won a silver medal in women's slalom sit skiing on Wednesday. Joines posted a time of 2:15.16 to win her second career Paralympic medal. She previously won a bronze medal in the women's super giant slalom sit skiing competition at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. Anna-Lena Forster of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 2:14.35 and American Laurie Stephens won the bronze medal with a time of 2:18.45.

Canada also advanced to the semi-finals in wheelchair curling following a 10-4 triumph over South Korea. Canada is now 6-1 and will play Slovakia and Finland on Thursday to close out the round robin. Russia leads the standings at 7-1.

Canada meanwhile sits in third place in the overall medal standings with nine medals--two gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.

*Please note: According to the Sochi 2014 website, the results for the women's slalom sit skiing competition are curiously unofficial. If Joines's silver medal changes, you will be able to read of the change on

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