Paralympics

Canada's Brian McKeever takes silver at para-nordic World Cup

Brian McKeever sprinted to the silver medal in the men's visually impaired category Monday at a para-nordic World Cup stop.

Natalie Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C. adds bronze in Dresden, Germany

Brian Mckeever is Canada's most decorated Paralympic cross-country skier ever with 17 career medals - including 13 gold. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)

Brian McKeever sprinted to the silver medal in the men's visually impaired category Monday at a para-nordic World Cup stop.

The 40-year-old McKeever, of Canmore, Alta., crossed the line with guide Graham Nishikawa just behind Sweden's Zebastian Modin.

"We fought hard, but didn't ski well enough to win," said McKeever, a winner of 17 Paralympic medals. "We didn't make up enough time where we needed to and then it was over. Some days just aren't great. Modin is fast, and a really good sprinter."

Germany's Nico Messinger was third.

Meanwhile, Natalie Wilkie of Salmon Arm, B.C., took bronze in the women's standing skate-ski sprint race.

Starting at the back of the pack based on her classification, the three-time Paralympic medallist finished third in the hard-fought final against gold-medallist Ekaterina Rumyantseva of Russia and runner-up Vilde Nilsen of Norway.

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