Paralympic wake-up call: Canada grabs 5 medals, secures another in Para ice hockey

Four Canadian athletes and Canada's wheelchair curling team added more hardware to the country's Beijing Paralympics medal haul between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Here's what you may have missed on Day 7 of the Beijing Paralympic Games

Canada's Mollie Jepsen captured her second Beijing Paralympics medal by striking silver in the women's standing giant slalom race at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre on Friday. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Four Canadian athletes and Canada's wheelchair curling team added more hardware to the country's Beijing Paralympics medal haul between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Mollie Jepsen, Mark Arendz, Brittany Hudak, Tyler Turner and the Mark Ideson-led curling rink pushed Team Canada's medal count to 21 ahead of the final weekend.

And another prize is already secured, as the Canadian men's Para ice hockey team breezed past South Korea 11-0 to qualify for the tournament's final.

Para alpine skier Jepsen, 22, finished second in the the women's standing giant slalom with a time of two minutes 0.95 seconds to improve on her PyeongChang 2018 bronze in the same event.

The West Vancouver, B.C., native posted the third best time in the first run, moving into the top position after finishing her second attempt with only two other skiers to go.

When Sweden's Ebba Aarsjoe crashed out on her second run, Jepsen's worst-case-scenario improved from bronze to silver. And that's what ended up happening after Zhang Mengqiu of China posted the best time in the second run — just as she did in her first go — to strike gold.

It was Jepsen who captured Canada's first Beijing Paralympics gold medal last Friday, in the women's standing downhill event.

WATCH l Canada's Jepsen captures 2nd medal at Beijing 2022:

Canada's Mollie Jepsen captures giant slalom silver for her 2nd medal at Beijing 2022

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Duration 2:56
Mollie Jepsen from West Vancouver, B.C., skies to second place in the women's standing giant slalom at the Beijing Paralympics with a combined time of two minutes 0.95 seconds.

Hartsville, P.E.I., native Arendz added to his medal collection with a men's standing 12.5-kilometre biathlon silver.

The 32-year-old's time of 40:13 was enough for him to add an 11th career medal over four Paralympic Games.

Arendz went six for six in medals at PyeongChang 2018, setting a Canadian record for most medals in a single Winter Paralympics.

He now has a medal of each colour in Beijing after capturing the men's 6km standing biathlon sprint bronze last Friday and winning the men's standing 10km biathlon event on Tuesday.

WATCH l Canada's Arendz completes Beijing Paralympics set with a silver medal:

Canada's Mark Arendz completes the Beijing Paralympics set with a silver medal

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Duration 5:32
The 32-year-old from Hartsville, P.E.I., secured second place in the men's standing 12.5-kilometre event, giving him a medal of every colour at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games.

Read more about Jepsen's and Arendz's silver medals.

The Canadian wheelchair team successfully defended its bronze from PyeongChang 2018 with a 8-3 win against Slovakia on Friday.

Jon Thurston's final stone in the final end of the bronze medal match was able to sneak past the guard for the takeout to score four and secure the victory for Canada.

Here's more of what you missed on Thursday night and Friday morning in the Beijing Paralympics:

More familiar faces

Hudak was another Canadian to find her way back to a podium in Beijing.

In the women's 12.5km standing biathlon event, the 28-year-old posted a time of 1:41.4 to defend her PyeongChang 2018 bronze.

On Monday, the Prince Albert, Sask., native also finished third in the 15km cross-country event.

WATCH l Hudak collects 3rd bronze of Paralympic career:

Brittany Hudak claims her 2nd bronze medal at Beijing Paralympics

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Duration 2:00
Brittany Hudak from Prince Albert, Sask., finishes third in the women's 12.5km standing biathlon and captures her second bronze medal at Beijing 2022.

Campbell River, B.C, native Turner handed Canada its first-ever Para snowboarding gold medal on Sunday, cruising to victory in his favourite event, the snowboard cross, in the SB-LL1 category.

In the men's banked slalom SB-LL1 event on Friday, it was all about having fun — but he also ended up on the podium, as his time of 1:14.00 was good enough for bronze.

"I kept saying, I'll just do my best and wherever that lands me [is fine]," said the 33-year-old. "I never in a million years thought it'd land me here in third. I'm a little speechless."

WATCH l Canada's Turner boards to banked slalom bronze:

Canada's Tyler Turner boards to bronze

9 months ago
Duration 2:06
Tyler Turner, of Campbell River, B.C., won bronze in the men's banked slalom SB-LL1 event for his second medal of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, following his gold medal in the men's snowboard cross SB-LL1 event earlier in the week.

Read more about Hudak's and Turner's bronze medals.

Para ice hockey to play for gold against rival U.S.

Canada's men's Para ice hockey team earned a chance to play for its first gold medal in 16 years on Saturday at 10:50 p.m ET.

To get there, the Canadians routed South Korea 11-0 in a semifinal match on Friday, propelled by captain Tyler McGregor's four goals and a Billy Bridges hat trick.

Canada will meet the U.S. in the gold-medal game in an anticipated rematch. The Americans, who have captured all three Paralympic titles since Canada last claimed it in Turin 2006, defeated China 11-0 in the other semifinal.

In preliminary round play, Canada was defeated by the U.S. 5-0 in the opening game before taking a commanding 6-0 win over the South Koreans.

The group's fourth team would have been the Russian Paralympic Committee, banned from competing in Beijing one day before the opening ceremony.

At PyeongChang 2018, Canada was leading 1-0 until the Americans tied it up with only 38 seconds remaining in regulation. An overtime goal by the U.S. meant the Canadians would have to wait four more years for their chance to be on top of the podium.

Read more about Canada's men's Para ice hockey team's semifinal win.

WATCH l Captain McGregor scores 4 goals to lead Canada to gold-medal game:

Captain Tyler McGregor scores 4 goals to lead Canada to the gold medal game

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Duration 2:24
Tyler McGregor scored four goals as Canada hammered South Korea 11-0 in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games Para ice hockey semifinals.

Canada's wheelchair curling team defends bronze

The Canadian wheelchair curling team captured its second consecutive Paralympic bronze medal with a 8-3 victory over Slovakia on Friday.

Canada has never missed the podium in wheelchair curling since it was added to the Paralympic program, having won gold at Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014 before taking bronze at PyeongChang 2018.

Thurston's final stone in the eighth end was able to get past the guard for the takeout and scored for Canada to keep the consecutive medal streak alive.

WATCH | Canada defends wheelchair curling bronze:

Canada successfully defends Paralympic wheelchair curling bronze medal

9 months ago
Duration 4:57
Canada scored four in the final end to seal an 8-3 victory over Slovakia and defend their bronze medal won at the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Games.

The Canadian squad, led by skip Ideson, fourth Thurston, third Ina Forrest, second Dennis Thiessen and alternate Collinda Joseph finished round robin play as the fourth seed with a 7-3 record.

Canada met the first-seeded Chinese team in the semifinal and suffered a 9-5 defeat to the defending Paralympic champions earlier on Friday.

Sweden, who defeated Slovakia 6-4 in the other semifinal, will play China for gold on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET.

Read more about Canada's wheelchair curling team's bronze medal victory over Slovakia.

WATCH | Canada falls to reigning champions China in wheelchair curling semifinal:

Canada to play for bronze after wheelchair curling semifinal loss to China

9 months ago
Duration 3:05
Canada fell 9-5 to China in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games wheelchair curling semifinals.

Here's a quick look at other Day 7 events in Beijing:

China's Liu Mengtao captured the men's sitting Para biathlon gold medal to add to the home country's leading campaign at the Beijing Paralympcs. After Day 7 action, China has won 47 medals (14 gold, 14 silver and 19 bronze). (Fred Lee/Getty Images)
Ukrainian athletes continue to shine at the Beijing Paralympics. Above, Oksana Shyshkova celebrates her women's visually impaired Para biathlon win with guide Andriy Marchenko. Team Ukraine shows up second in the medal table with 25 medals (9 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze). (Fred Lee/Getty Images)
Members of the Italian men's Para ice hockey team celebrate a 4-3 overtime win over the Czech Republic for fifth place in the tournament in a placement game. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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