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MCKEEVER Brian
Sport Cross Country Skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthCalgary, CAN
Height1.77 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Graham Nishikawa; Russell Kennedy
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age three, and began competing at age 12.
Why this sport?
He enjoys the adrenaline rush when racing.
Club / Team
Lifesport Ski Club: Canmore, AB, CAN
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national, brother], CAN
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US distance runner Marla Runyan. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
Injuries
In late 2015 he suffered an injury while training in Finland. (cccski.com, 19 Nov 2015)

His performances during the 2010/11 season were affected by a sinus and chest infection. (vancouversun.com, 15 Mar 2011)

In March 2009 he broke his left humerus [upper arm] after crashing during the Canadian championships. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)

In October 2008 he suffered a micro-fracture in his ribs. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's a job but it's also a lifestyle and a pleasure." (paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Canada at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (cbc.ca, 08 Mar 2018; paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)

In 2016 he and his brother Robin received a Meritorious Service Medal [civil division] from the governor general of Canada in recognition of their sporting achievements. (skitrax.com, 24 Jun 2016)

He received the Best Male Athlete award at the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2014)

He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2007 International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He has also participated in able-bodied cross-country skiing at international level. (paralympic.ca, 2014; paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
Famous relatives
His older brother Robin competed in cross-country skiing at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He has also served as McKeever's guide and coached Para Nordic skiing at international level. His nephew Xavier has participated in cross-country skiing at provincial level in Canada. (cccski.com, 17 Aug 2015; albertaventure.com, 01 Jul 2015; edmontonnordic.ca, 11 Dec 2014)
Impairment
At age 19 he was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a condition that also affected his father. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
Other information
WORLD-FIRST HEARTBREAK
At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he looked set to become the first athlete to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the same year when he was selected for the Canadian able-bodied team. He skis with a guide at Paralympic events, but relies on the outlines of competitors in able-bodied competition and tries to follow at similar speed. However, the night before the 50km classic in Vancouver, the Canadian team announced its four-man line-up and he had been left out as he was the fifth-ranked member. "I am crushed by the decision, but I understand. Our boys are racing so fast and they have deserved everything they have got." (nationalpost.com, 08 Mar 2017; metronews.ca, 11 Mar 2011; cbc.ca, 27 Feb 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2002 7.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 18:11.5
3 2006 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:59.4
8 2006 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 38:05.0
6 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
  2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNS
  2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired  DNS
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002 5km Classic Style B3 12:07.3
1 2002 10km Freestyle B3 22:39.1
2 2002 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 55:41.4
1 2006 5km - Visually Impaired 11:35.1
1 2006 10km - Visually Impaired 26:09.5
2 2006 20km - Visually Impaired 1:57:07.6
1 2010 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 51:14.7
1 2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 26:01.6
1 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
1 2014 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 52:37.1 
1 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 3:59.6
4 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:51.9
1 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 23:18.1 
1 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 46:02.4
1 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:03.2
1 2018 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 23:17.8
3 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:52.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 42:12.1
1 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 24:08.2
1 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:27.9
6 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 38:13.7
  2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  DNS
2 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 38:55.4
2 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 39:57.3
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002/2003 5km - Visually Impaired 13:29.1
1 2002/2003 10km - Visually Impaired 29:45.4
1 2002/2003 20km - Visually Impaired 1:00:52.5
1 2004/2005 10km - Visually Impaired 26:52.2
1 2004/2005 5km - Visually Impaired 13:05.0
1 2004/2005 20km - Visually Impaired 53:22.6
1 2008/2009 20km Classic Style B1-3 52:35.8
1 2008/2009 10km Freestyle B1-3 24:49.0
2 2008/2009 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 24:28.5
1 2010/2011 20km - Visually Impaired 53:26.7
1 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
1 2012/2013 20km - Visually Impaired 51:18.9
  2012/2013 10km - Visually Impaired  DNS
1 2014/2015 20km - Visually Impaired 43:44.5
3 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:53.4
1 2016/2017 20km - Visually Impaired 57:35.4
1 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 22:15.1