Paralympic wake-up: Day 5 news you might have missed from the Games

Here's a quick recap of all the important Paralympic news you might have missed overnight and what's to come later today.

Canada faces South Korea in Para ice hockey semis

Brian McKeever, right, embraces guide Russell Kennedy after winning gold in the men's 1.5-kilometre cross-country sprint. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Canada had a dominant day at the Winter Paralympics, claiming another six medals — headlined by Brian McKeever's 12th career gold — to bring the country's total to 16 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Meanwhile on the curling sheets, the Canadian rink keeps finding ways to rally.

Here's a quick recap of all the important Paralympic news you might have missed overnight and what's to come later today.

'Superpower' potential in cross-country?

Brian McKeever thinks Canada is well on its way to that elite level. The 15-time Paralympic medallist has reason to be optimistic; in addition to his gold in the men's 1.5-kilometre visually impaired sprint, Canadians Mark Arendz and Natalie Wilkie earned their first-ever cross-country medals, with both taking home bronze.

McKeever won gold in the men's 1.5km cross-country visually impaired sprint. It's his second gold medal in Pyeongchang and 12th overall in his career. 5:03

Arendz was involved in a "nerve-racking" photo finish that saw the biathlon star tie for third with Finland's Ilkka Tuomisto and both receive medals.

Mark Arendz of Hartsville, P.E.I. was tongue-tied after claiming his third medal of the 2018 Paralympics, this one a photo-finish tie for bronze in the men's 1.5-kilometre cross-country sprint standing final. 0:59

Alpine skiing success

It's not just Canada's cross-country skiers who are raking in medals. A trio of Canadian alpine skiers — Mollie Jepsen, Mac Marcoux and Alexis Guimond — won giant slaom bronze in their respective disciplines.

The bronze was Guimond's first-career Paralympic podium, while Jepsen added to her super combined gold and super-G bronze from earlier at these Games; Marcoux and guide Jack Leitch earned downhill gold on the first day of competition, but Marcoux crashed out in his next two events.

Canada curlers keep winning

Mark Ideson's rink rallied for another comeback win — this time against the Neutral Paralympic Athletes — and then held on to beat Slovakia 9-5 to moving closer at clinching a playoff berth.

Mark Ideson's Canadian rink scored two in the 8th and final end to defeat the Neutral Paralympic Athletes from Russia 5-4 in wheelchair curling. 2:34

It's been a total team effort on the ice so far from Ideson, Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen, Marie Wright and alternate James Anseeuw. Canada takes on Germany this evening at 8:35 p.m. ET and Finland on Thursday at 1:35 a.m. ET.

​What's coming up on Wednesday?

Other than Canada's remaining curling draws, para ice hockey is the main event today.

Canada takes on South Korea in the semifinals tonight at 11 p.m. ET. The Canadians committed to a demanding fitness-first system in order to capture the country's first Paralympic gold since 2006, and the on-ice results so far — the team outscored its opponents 35-0 in group play — speak for themselves.

The United States continues its quest for a third-straight Paralympic title when it takes on Italy in the other semifinal on Thursday at 7 a.m. ET.

Para Ice Hockey has come a long way since its debut at the Paralympics in 1994, including a name change. Rob Pizzo takes you inside this fast and exciting sport that is growing in popularity every day. 2:02

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