TEAM CANADA AT THE PYEONGCHANG 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are set for March 9 to 18, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Games are expected to attract up to 670 athletes competing in 80 medal events.
Five sports are on the Paralympic Winter Games program: wheelchair curling, Para ice hockey (formerly known as sledge hockey), Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard and Para Nordic, which includes cross country and biathlon events.
Canada expects to send a full team, with qualification and test events beginning in March 2017. Test event dates (all in 2017) include:
- March 4-11: wheelchair curling, world championships, Pyeongchang, South Korea
- March 8-13: Para snowboard, World Cup Final, Pyeongchang, South Korea
- March 9-18: Para alpine skiing, World Cup Final, Pyeonchang, South Korea
- March 10-15: Para Nordic, World Cup, Pyeongchang, South Korea
- April 15-23: Para ice hockey world championships, A Pool, PyeongChang, South Korea
At the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Canada placed third in the gold medal standings, and fourth in the total medal standings with seven gold, two silver and seven bronze.
The Canadian Paralympic Team’s performance goal for PyeongChang is not yet set. It will be established, in consultation with Own The Podium and national sport organizations, after the 2017 winter season has finished and results are analyzed.
CHEF DE MISSION
Five-time Paralympian in para ice hockey (formerly called sledge hockey) Todd Nicholson was announced as Chef de Mission on Jan. 24, 2017. Nicholson was a member of Canada’s National Sledge Team from 1989 to 2010, was team captain for 15 years and won three Paralympic medals: gold (2006), silver (1998) and bronze (1994).
Since his retirement from competition, Nicholson has remained deeply involved in sport at both the national and international levels as an athlete representative and advocate, on and off the field of play.