Canadian roundup: Brian McKeever becomes Canada's most decorated Winter Paralympian
Canmore, Alta., cross-country skier earns record 14th medal
Brian McKeever became Canada's most decorated Winter Paralympian with his record 14th medal on Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 38-year-old of Canmore, Alta., raced to his third straight Paralympic title in the men's cross-country 20-kilometre visually impaired freestyle event in a time of 46 minutes 02.4 seconds alongside his guide Graham Nishikawa. It was also McKeever's 11th Paralympic gold medal.
CONFIRMED <br><br>Brian McKeever takes top spot<br><br>It's his 14th Paralympic medal and 11th gold 🇨🇦🥇 <a href="https://t.co/3RE70ihpGh">pic.twitter.com/3RE70ihpGh</a>—@cbcsports
McKeever surpassed para alpine skier Lana Spreeman, who won 13 medals in her five Paralympic appearances.
Earlier this week, McKeever led the Canadian contingent as the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony in his fifth Games.
He'll look to improve on his medal total on Wednesday in the 1.5 km sprint.
Canada's Emily Young and Natalie Wilkie finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women's 15 km standing free. Young, from North Vancouver, finished with a time of 51:51.4, while Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C., clocked in at 52:12.9.
Hockey dominance continues
Canada guaranteed top spot in Group A with an 8-0 win over Norway. The team posted 35 goals in group play while not allowing a single one.
The Canadians play in the semifinals on Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET against the second-place team from Group B.
Canadian curlers suffer 2 losses
In a battle of undefeated wheelchair curling teams, Canada's rally from an early 4-1 deficit against South Korea fell short. The three-time defending Paralympic champions ultimately suffered a 7-5 loss. The struggles continued in the second match as Great Britain, on the heels of several early steals, trounced Canada 8-1.
The Canadians will look to get back on track with games against China (8:35 p.m. ET) and the U.S. (6:35 a.m. ET on Tuesday).
Snowboarders shut out of podium
It was a difficult day on the course for Canada's seven para snowboarders, who were unable to medal in snowboard cross.
Calgary's Michelle Salt was the top Canadian, finishing fourth in the women's LL1 event. Sandrine Hamel lost in her LL2 quarter-final.
On the men's side, John Leslie (LL2) and Curt Minard (UL) both reached the quarters, but lost in their respective runs. Earlier, Minard bested fellow Canadian Andrew Genge in the 1/8 finals. Alex Massie and Colton Liddle both lost in their LL2 1/8 finals.