(PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA) – Barely two weeks after finishing in 4th place at the Winter Olympics, the United State’s paralympic team took up the slack in PyeongChang to claim the team gold. The Canadian para-athletes performed brilliantly on par with the national team athletes by once again claiming the overall bronze.
The US paralympians significantly out shone their national cohorts by increasing their total cache of medals to 36 (13 gold, 5 silver, 8 bronze), up from 23 total medals last month. In taking home 28 medals, the Canadian paralympians collected 8 gold, 4 silver, and 16 bronze, compared to the 11 gold, 8 silver, and 10 bronze their counterparts took home last month.
Canadian paralympian Marc Arendz.
Photo courtesy of PyeongChang 2018.
Sandwiched between the USA and Canada, the Neutral Paralympian Athletes, made up of 30 women and only 13 men, claimed the overall silver with 24.
Norway, which won the overall team gold medal at the February Olympics fell to 14th place among the 25 competing nations, whereas Germany only slipped back three notches to 5th place.
Of Canada’s 16 paralympic gold medals, three were snagged in the alpine skiing by way of sensations Mac Marcoux, Kurt Oatway, and Mollie Jepsen. The lone gold medal in the biathlon was secured by Marc Arendz, who earned 5 medals in total as the most decorated Canadian athlete in both Olympics games this winter.
Four more individual gold medals came in cross-country as Canada’s other new national celebrities, Brian McKeever, raced to three golds in the men’s visually impaired 1.5km sprint classic, 10km classic, and 20km, and Natalie Wilkie netted one for herself in the women’s 7.5km.