After five days of competition, Canadian athletes are dominating Bejing’s Paralympic games. Canadians have racked up 19 total medals including seven golds. They are second in gold medals to host China, and third in overall medals behind China and Ukraine.
We thought we’d take a break from the usual legal news about online gambling sites in Canada to focus on the annual 2022 Paralympic Games, in which Canada got off to a great start. They captured 12 medals in the first three days of competition, highlighted by two gold medal victories for Brian McKeever, as he won gold in long-distance and sprint cross country skiing events.
McKeever’s victories resulted in the 15th gold medal and 19th total medal earned during his six Paralympic games that began in 2002. The 42-year-old has stated that the 2022 games will be his final ones, and he goes out on top by earning gold for the 15th time in 17 individual races, and having won gold in the 20km cross country event in every games since he earned a silver medal in 2006.
Tyler Turner became Canada’s first Paralympian to take home gold in a snowboarding event when he was victorious in the Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 event. After averaging four medals per day in the first three days of competition, the next two days brought additional success, pushing Canada’s total medal count to 19.
Canada’s female Paralympians have proved especially tough for the competition to beat. 21-year-old Natalie Wilkie is in her second Paralympic Games, having captured a gold, silver, and bronze in 2018. She has already captured two gold medals in the 2022 games, winning both in women’s standing 15km cross country skiing and the women’s standing cross country sprint.
Alpine skier Alana Ramsay has earned multiple medals at this year’s games, taking the bronze in both Super G and combined alpine events. The 27-year-old spoke of her desire to inspire female athletes as well as highlighting her efforts as a volunteer and coach. Females are underrepresented at the games, with just 13 of 48 of Canadian paralympians and 24% of the athletes overall at the games being female. Five of the 13 Canadian women have taken home at least one medal, with multiple medals for Ramsay and Wilkie.
In addition to Ramsay and Wilkie, the other Canadian women to medal at the games are Mollie Jepsen who won gold in the standing downhill event, Brittany Hudak who took bronze in women’s long distance cross country skiing, and Lisa DeJong who took silver in snowboard cross. DeJong told reporters “I look around and I think that we need more women, and that’s why I’m so proud to be here supporting that as well as hopefully growing the sport for more women in the future.”.
With an impressive medal haul already in the bag, Canada is a great spot to continue adding hardware. Team Canada has reached the semi finals in both curling and ice hockey and are projected as strong contenders for gold in both events. Brittany Hudak will look to add another medal to her haul when she enters the middle distance event.
With five days of competition remaining, Canada has the opportunity to earn the second-largest number of medals at the games and continue their legacy of success in the Winter Paralympic Games.
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