Mark Arendz

Mark Arendz

 

Mark Arendz heads into the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as a man on a mission. Already with a stellar career under his belt, Arendz was Canada‘s big star at the 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships in Finsterau, Germany in February 2017, earning five medals. He won three in the biathlon: gold in the 12.5 kilometre and 7.5 kilometre standing and silver in the 15 kilometre; in addition he won two more in cross country: bronze in the 10 kilometre and 4x2.5-kilometre relay. It was a first-ever worlds medal for Canada in the relay. Arendz was shut out of the medals at the previous worlds in 2015.

Arendz was one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He competed in five events (two cross country and three biathlon events). He earned two medals in biathlon with silver in the 7.5 kilometre standing and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre standing. Arendz’s silver was Canada’s best-ever result in biathlon at the Games. He just missed a third trip to the podium, placing fourth in the 4x2.5 kilometre relay in cross country skiing.

Arendz entered the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games as the reigning World Cup biathlon champion and the world champion in the 7.5 km biathlon sprint.

He was also a member of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic team and has continued to rise in the international standings ever since. He produced a breakthrough season in 2010-11, ranking second overall in the IPC World Cup standings, collecting three gold, two silver and a bronze. He showed in 2011-2012 that season was no fluke, earning two gold, two silver and two bronze on the World Cup, which again, ranked him second overall.

In 2012-13, Arendz captured his first career IPC Biathlon World Cup Crystal Globe. He earned four podium finishes on the circuit, in addition to racking up three World Championship medals including his first victory at the worlds. 

In 2014, he volunteered for SchoolBox and that spring travelled as a member of the non-profit group to Nicaragua to help build a school for a community ravaged by landslides.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Led the Canadian team with five medals at 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships… Named P.E.I’s male athlete of the year in 2013 and 2014… Double medallist in biathlon at 2014 Paralympic Games… 2013 world champion in 7.5 km biathlon… 1st overall in 2012-13 World Cup standings… 2nd overall in 2010-11 and 2011-12 World Cup standings.

PERSONAL

Arendz lost his left arm above the elbow in a farming accident at age seven. After his accident he worked for the War Amps organization as a junior counsellor. He used his experiences to teach others about farm safety. While the accident was initially a major shock, it did not deter him from pursuing his love for sport and competition.

Started skiing at age five in his back yard…started his competitive career with a ski prosthetic in able-bodied events… inspired to compete in biathlon after watching 2002 Winter Olympics… Within a year was on local cadet biathlon team…was on first PEI biathlon team to medal at nationals.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 12.5 km biathlon – 1st

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 7.5 km biathlon – 1st

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km biathlon – 2nd

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 10 km cross country – 3rd

2017 Para-Nordic World Championships – 4x2.5 km cross country relay – 3rd

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – 7.5 km biathlon – 2nd

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – 12.5 km biathlon – 3rd

2013 Para-Nordic World Championships – 7.5 km biathlon – 1st

2013 Para-Nordic World Championships – 12.5 km biathlon – 3rd

2013 Para-Nordic World Championships – 15 km biathlon – 3rd

2010 Paralympic Winter Games – 3 km pursuit biathlon – 7th

2010 Paralympic Winter Games  - 4x2.5 km cross country relay – 7th

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2014 Sochi ParalympicsBiathlon7.5km Standing - Menssilver
2014 Sochi ParalympicsBiathlon12.5km Standing - Mensbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 7.5km Standing - Mens 2
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 15km Standing - Men 11
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 10km Standing - Mens 11
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 4 x 2.5km Relay - Open 4
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 12.5km Standing - Mens 3
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Biathlon 3km Pursuit Standing - Mens 7
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1 x 4km + 2 x 5km Relay - Men 7