Brian McKeever and Erik Carleton Sprint to Silver Medal at IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in Norway

December 19, 2011

-Colette Bourgonje narrowly misses podium in fourth spot-

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SJUSJOEN, Nor.-Canada's Brian McKeever and Erik Carleton sprinted to their third-straight silver medal at the IPC World Cup on Saturday in Sjusjoen, Norway.

Battling fatigue after a long racing stint in Europe over the last month, the 32-year-old McKeever, of Canmore, Alta., and Calgary's Carleton, 33, developed a race strategy to conserve energy until it was time to make a charge for the gold in the final.

Qualifying for the head-to-head heats in sixth spot, the Canadian duo easily made their way through the opening two rounds to secure a spot in the final. After winning silver in the distance and team relay over the last two days, the worn out Canucks could not find the next gear in the finals and crossed the line second.

"We really tried to conserve as much energy as possible today until the finals, but came up short," said McKeever. "We hung back in the first two rounds, but just didn't have enough. We really did as good as we could today."

Russia's Stanislav Choklaev and Maksim Pirogov knocked off the Canadian duo for the second time this week in the men's visually impaired category to win the gold. Russia's Aleksei Toropov and Ilya Cherpanov claimed the bronze.

Saskatoon's Colette Bourgonje narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in the women's sit-ski sprint. Germany's Andrea Eskau was first across the line to claim the gold, while Norway's Mariann Marthinsen skied to the silver medal, and Germany's Anja Wieker was third.

The IPC World Cup wraps up on Sunday in Norway with classic-ski distance races.

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 Complete IPC World Cup Biathlon Results:  http://www.ipc-nordicskiing.org/Results/index.html?

 Top-Five Men's Visually Impaired Sprint Results:

1. Stanislav Chokhlaev/Maksim Pirogov, RUS; 2. Brian McKeever, Canmore, Alta./Erik Carleton, Calgary, CAN; 3. Aleksei Toropov/Ilya Cherepanov, RUS; 4. NikolayPolukhin/Andrey Tokarev, RUS; 5. Zebastian Modin/Albin Ackerot, SWE.

Top-Five Women's Sit-Ski Sprint Results:

1. Andrea Eskau, GER; 2. Mariann Marthinsen, NOR; 3. Anja Wieker, GER; 4. Colette Bourgonje, Saskatoon, CAN; 5. Olena Iurkovska, UKR.

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