#ReliveSochi: March 8, 2014

March 8, 2015

Josh Dueck

Canada blasted out of the start gates at the Games collecting three medals on the first day of competition. Mark Arendz of Hartsville, PEI took the silver in the para-nordic 7.5 kilometre biathlon  standing ski race, Josh Dueck of Vernon, B.C., was also second in the men’s para-alpine sitting downhill and Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., and his guide Robin Fémy of Mont-Tremblant, Que., added a bronze in the para-alpine downhill for visually impaired.

Dueck won his medal on the 10th anniversary of his freestyle skiing accident while Arendz became only the second Canadian to win a biathlon medal and the first to get silver at the Games.

Robin Femy and Mac Marcoux    Mark Arendz

It was a spectacular debut for the 16-year-old Marcoux, Canada’s youngest athlete at the Games.  He was forced to make a major adjustment in Sochi when his regular guide, his brother B.J. Marcoux, hurt his back a couple of weeks before the Games. B.J. made the trip and was still hopeful to race but eventually rendered his spot to Fémy.