#ReliveSochi: March 16, 2014

March 16, 2015

Chris Klebl and Brian Mckeever with gold medals

Canada concluded the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in grand style with gold medal performances for Canmore para-nordic cross country skiers Brian McKeever and Christopher Klebl.  Over the last three days of competition, the Canadians won five gold medals to soar to third overall in the medal standings with seven gold, two silver and seven bronze.

In the 10 kilometre race, McKeever and his guides Graham Nishikawa and Erik Carleton trailed Russian rival Stanislav Chokhlaev until the final kilometre but made a furious dash to the finish to overcome  an eight-second deficit for the victory.  For the second straight Games, McKeever won three gold medals to bring his career total to a national record 10 Paralympic Games victories.

Brian McKeever and Erik Carleton   I'm Possible   Chris Klebl

Agitos   Chris Klebl   Josh Dueck flag bearer

Klebl  surprised the field with a stunning victory in the men’s 10-kilometre sitting race for his first-ever Paralympic medal.  A three-time Paralympian, Klebl moved to Canmore to join the Canadian team from the United States following the Vancouver 2010 Games.

Sit-skier Josh Dueck, a gold and silver medallist at the Games, was Canada’s flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.

Team canada walking into closing ceremonies