Canada's Brian McKeever wins second gold medal
KRASNAYA POLAYNA, RUSSIA hundred metres into the race, Brian McKeever was suddenly on his backside and it appeared his ninth career Paralympic gold medal was slipping away.
But he wasn letting it go without a fight and the Canmore, Alta., cross country skier, led by guide Graham Nishikawa of Whitehorse, caught up to the pack to win the men visually impaired sprint at the Sochi Paralympics on Wednesday.
It McKeever second gold of the 2014 Games and the 12th medal of his illustrious Paralympic career. The 34 year old also won gold in the 20 kilometre event on Monday.
The two Canadians easily advanced to the final where a Russian skier stepped on McKeever pole, causing him to crash around the 2 metre mark of the one kilometre race.
But McKeever scrambled to his feet and, with the help of Nishikawa, caught up to the rest of the pack.
wouldn be right for me to tell you what I said in my head, but once the cuss words were out, the only thing you can do is get back up and race, said McKeever. thought we were clear, but that is normal and it happens in sprinting when you are all fighting and tight. Everyone is going flat out. It is intense and everyone is at their limit. We are just fortunate it happened in the first 2 metres and not at the end so we had time to catch up. A decision is expected Thursday morning.
Not including a medal for Joines, Canada has eight medals (two gold, two silver, four bronze) and sits third in the overall tally. Russia has a wide lead with 47 total medals while Ukraine is second with 14. Canada goal is to finish in the top three in gold medals but is currently in fourth with McKeever two. Ukraine is third with three while Germany is second with five and Russia leads with 16.
Nishikawa admitted he feltfelt wholesale Broncos cheap jerseys
a rush of panic when he saw McKeever go down.
wasn until we got back up around the Russians and had the Swedes in sight that I felt a huge relief, he said.
McKeever credited Nishikawa with getting him the gold.
snow was so heavy today, he said. basically towed me up that hill and gavegave wholesale jerseys Broncos cheap
us a chance. It is not how we planned things, but that was a pretty awesome day.
Earlier this week, Nishikawa shared guiding duties with Erik Carleton to lead McKeever to his first gold of the 2014 Games. But Carleton name was on the startstart cheap Broncos jerseys from china free shipping
list so he was the only one to receive a gold medal. Nishikawa performance Wednesday has earned him a gold of his own.
feels absolutely awesome, said Nishikawa, who races on the able bodied World Cup circuit. said earlier this is a whole new world for me. I so impressed by everything. This whole experience has been amazing and I just wanted to do whatever I could to be here and help Brian. We have been friends for a long time so this is very special. Chris Klebl of Canmore qualified for the men sit skiing heats but did not advance to the final.final. cheap authentic Broncos jerseys free shipping
Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., along with her guide Phil Wood of Canmore had their day come to an end in the semifinals of the women visually impaired category, while Paralympic rookie Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert,Albert, Broncos new jerseys 2014
Sask., did not advance past the women standing semifinals.