Paralympics games kick off in South Korea

PyeongChang 2018: World champions Canada sail past Sweden

With Canada off to a rousing start at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games by earning seven medals over the weekend, Canadians were celebrating and offering their support back in Victoria. The event in which McKeever struck gold was the men's 20 kilometre cross-country skiing for the visually impaired.

The first US gold of these Paralympics was the first USA gold in the biathlon, with Kendall Gretsch winning the women's 6km sitting biathlon, with teammate Oksana Masters capturing the bronze.

Pyeongchang will host the XII Paralympic Winter Games from March 9 to March 18, after successfully holding the XXIII Olympic Winter Games previous month. Yury Holub of Belarus won the silver medal with a time of 47 minutes, 7.5 seconds. Theo Gmur, who won the gold in the Men's Downhill Standing event contested by Hall on Saturday, was also an early casualty.

McKeever reached the podium by one minute, 26.5 seconds. The Gatineau, Que., native had Canada's best result in the men's downhill with a fourth-place finish.

She has bronze medals in alpine skiing from Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 and cycling in Rio 2016.

On Sunday, Canada posted another shutout with a 10-0 win over Italy.

The offensive barrage was sparked by Tyler McGregor's (Forest, Ont.) four goals, including the first of the game, which was his 100th career point.

Patmore easily beat Italian Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final of the upper limb disability class on Monday to win Australia's first medal of the Games. They lost 7-5 to South Korea and 8-1 to Great Britain to fall to 3-2. They are behind the United States (15 medals), France and the Ukraine (nine medals each).



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