Paralympics News

3 things you missed in Sochi last night

Canada's Paralympic team got off to a strong start in Sochi in Saturday, grabbing three medals and flexing their muscle on the ice as well.

Canada's Para-Alpine ski team didn't waste any time getting on the medals board in Sochi

1. Marcoux, Dueck win alpine medals

Mac Marcoux became the first Canadian to reach the Paralympic podium in Sochi, finishing third in the visually impaired downhill event on Saturday.

The youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic team at 16, Marcoux had to race with replacement guide Robin Femy, after his older brother Billy Joe injured himself during training on Wednesday.  

The Canadian Para-Alpine team wasn’t done after Marcoux’s bronze, as Josh Dueck captured the silver medal later in the day in the men’s sitting downhill race. The 33-year-old, who also won silver in the slalom sit-ski event in Vancouver in 2010, finished just 0.39 seconds behind Akira Kano of Japan.

Dueck is also a medal contender in the upcoming super-G, super combined and giant slalom events.

2. Mark Arendz wins biathlon silver

Mark Arendz of Hartsville, P.E.I., came within seven tenths of a second of winning the men’s 7.5 km standing biathlon, finishing just behind Russia’s Vladislav Lekomtcev.

The second-place finish gave Canada its second silver medal of the day, and third medal overall at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.  

3. Canada routs Sweden in sledge hockey opener

Canada began its quest for a medals sweep in Olympic and Paralympic hockey with a 10-1 rout of Sweden in preliminary round play.

Seven different players lit the lamp for the Canadian team, which is hoping to rebound from a disappointing fourth-place finish in Vancouver in 2010.

Swedish netminder Ulf Nilsson allowed seven goals on only 15 shots, and was replaced by Kenth Jonsson for the third period. Canadian goalie Benoit St-Amand had his shutout bid ruined early in the final frame when Swedish forward Per Kasperi slipped the puck just inside the post.

Canada’s next game is Sunday against Norway.