Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards: Brian McKeever closes out legendary career in Beijing

Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 24, 2023

Most decorated Canadian Winter Paralympian named Best Male Athlete with three gold in final Games


Heading into his sixth Paralympic Winter Games at Beijing 2022, Brian McKeever had announced it would be his last Games as an athlete. The Para nordic skiing legend entered the Games already as Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympian and only further cemented his status as one of the greatest of all-time, adding three gold medals to his trophy case.

McKeever raced to victories in the men’s vision impaired long distance (20km) and sprint alongside guide Russell Kennedy, as well as the middle distance (12.5km) event with guide Graham Nishikawa.

“It was a heck of a Games but also a very challenging Games with all that was happening in the world at the time,” said McKeever looking back. “The memories I have of the Games that stand out are our team, the Canadian team, just being able to rise above the distractions and perform. I think it was due to good coaching, good staff, good teamwork. I’m very proud of all the team that was there and was just happy to be a part of it, especially as my last Games.” 

With the three golds won in Beijing, McKeever closed out his Paralympic career with 20 total medals, 16 of which are gold. This ties him with German Para alpine skier Gerd Schoenfelder for the most-ever gold medals won by a male winter Paralympian.

Beijing 2022 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards

Best Paralympic Debut by a Female Athlete – Lisa DeJong
Best Paralympic Debut by a Male Athlete – Tyler Turner
Best Team Performance – Wheelchair Curling 
Best Male Athlete – Brian McKeever
Best Female Athlete – To be announced

The Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards recognize outstanding athlete and team performances at the Paralympic Games. For more information visit

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