Brian McKeever

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Brian McKeever
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Brian McKeever(right) and Robin McKeever after receiving their gold medals at the 2010 Paralympics
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Born (1979-06-18) June 18, 1979 (age 38)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Brian McKeever (born June 18, 1979) is a Canadian cross-country skier and biathlete.

Biography[edit]

He began skiing at the age of three and started competing at thirteen. At 19 he began losing his vision due to Stargardt's disease.[1] At the 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympics he competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon. He won two gold medals and a silver in cross-country the first year and bronze medal for biathlon plus two gold medals and a silver for cross-country skiing in the later year.[2][3]

His older brother, Robin McKeever, competed as his guide when Brian skis in the Paralympics, until 2014, when Erik Carleton took over.[4]

In 2010, he became the first Canadian athlete to be named to both Paralympic and Olympic teams.[5][6] At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was going to compete in the men's 50km cross-country race, however Canada's coach decided to replace him with a skier who did well at an earlier event at the 2010 games and thus he did not become the first athlete in the world to compete in the Winter Paralympics and Winter Olympics in the same year.[7][8][9][10]

At the 2010 Paralympics McKeever won three gold medals for cross-country skiing.

He repeated this triple gold medal performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics, sweeping the men's visually impaired cross country skiing individual events for the second time.[11]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2011, McKeever was inducted alongside his brother Robin into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paralympic Sport Awards". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Results for brian mckeever from the International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ "Brian McKeever". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Brian McKeever video profile by Paralympic Sport TV
  5. ^ Boston Herald, "Visually impaired skier Brian McKeever to make Olympic history", Associated Press, 23 January 2010
  6. ^ Kingston, Gary (23 January 2010). "Blind to limitations; McKeever becomes first winter Paralympian to qualify for Olympic Games". Vancouver Sun. p. G3. 
  7. ^ http://www.ctvolympics.ca/cross-country-skiing/news/newsid=53303.html?cid=rsstsn
  8. ^ Cernetig, Miro (17 February 2010). "Legally blind skier embodies the Olympic ideal; Brian McKeever will be the first disabled athlete to compete in Winter Games and Paralympics". Vancouver Sun. p. D6. 
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Canada's McKeever to ski at Olympics, Paralympics", Rachel Cohen, 17 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  10. ^ Boston Herald, "Blind Olympian doesn’t believe in limits", Steve Kelley, 20 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  11. ^ Hicks, Brandon (March 16, 2014). "Brian McKeever makes history with more Paralympic gold". CBC Sports. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Previous Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved 5 January 2018.