Goodbye Beijing 2022, hello future!

Submitted by Hernan on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 17:23

As we reach the end of nine days of sweat, tears, triumph and defeat, one thing is certain: The future has never been brighter for winter Para sports.

Of the 72 medals won in six sports, many witnessed the coming of a new generation of skiers, curlers and skaters.

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Sleeping giants China have also now fully woken up and have made their presence known, whilst those who have been looming large over the ice and snow for longer - such as Ukraine - continue to get stronger.

Beijing 2022 Games close with savouring memories

Submitted by Hernan on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 17:18

Like the Great Wall of China, that has withstood the test of time, the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games’ success will be etched as a monumental feat!

The Games was nothing short of a blockbuster – 10 days of complete action, thrills and emotions; where several compelling stories were told and historic moments etched.

One such talking point was the resurgence of host China like never before. From what was just one medal from PyeongChang 2018 Games, China’s four-year journey to emerge as the top team is by no means a small achievement. Read more

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IPC President Andrew Parsons' Beijing 2022 Closing Ceremony speech

Submitted by Hernan on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 17:16

"As beacons of hope, and champions for peace, your actions spoke way louder than words.

"In the Paralympic Villages there were different nations, different views, different abilities.

"Differences here did not divide us. They united us. Together for a shared future.

"Through this unity we have hope." Read more

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Day 9 review: USA victorious as Pedersen, Masters leave as most successful athletes

Submitted by Hernan on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 12:54

The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games ended in style on Sunday (13 March) with a victorious USA in Para Ice Hockey and the most successful athletes crowned.

The USA executed a 5-0 take-down of Canada as Norway’s Jesper Pedersen won his fourth Para Alpine Skiing gold. The USA’s Oksana Masters was part of the winning relay team in Para Cross-Country for her third triumph and seventh medal overall.

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China end their home Paralympics at the top of the medals table with an incredible 61 medals made-up of 18 golds, 20 silver and 23 bronze. Ukraine were second with 11 golds, 10 silver and eight bronze while Canada finish third with eight golds, six silver and 11 bronze. Read more

 

Pedersen leaves Beijing as Games' most successful Paralympian

Submitted by Hernan on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 09:37
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Jesper Pedersen became the most successful Paralympian at Beijing 2022 by winning his fourth gold medal on the final day of Para Alpine Skiing competition (13 March) at the Yangqing National Alpine Skiing Centre.

The Norwegian won the men's slalom sitting with a time of 1:31.10, finishing ahead of Netherlands' Niels de Langen (1:37.18) and Italian Rene de Silvestro (1:38.44).

Pedersen had previously taken the top spot in the giant slalom, super-G and super combined, and silver in the downhill. USA's Para Nordic skier Oksana Masters rounded up her performance with seven medals overall but one less gold than Pedersen.

US win relay to end gold drought in Cross-Country

Submitted by sportzinteractive on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 08:55
US Relay Team

'It's such a cool gold medal for all of us, it's so much fun'

Just when it looked like United States might go dry without a gold in the Cross-Country event at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, their stalwarts delivered.

Oksana Masters, Sydney Peterson, Daniel Cnossen and Jake Adicoff put up a power-packed performance to clinch gold in the Mixed 4x2.5km Relay with a time of 25:59.3 seconds on the final day of the Beijing 2022 Games at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre.

Hosts China led by Yilin Shan, Chenyang Wang, Peng Zheng and Jiayun Cai settled for the second spot with 26:25.3 while Canada’s Collin Cameron, Emily YoungMark Arendz and Natalie Wilkie (27:00.6) completed the podium. Read More

Day 9: Para Ice Hockey gold up for grabs on final day

Submitted by Hernan on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 18:26

The game everyone has been waiting for will be one of the main highlights of the final day of action at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday (13 March), as the USA and Canada reignite their rivalry for Para Ice Hockey gold.

Para Alpine Skiing will wrap-up with the women’s slalom as well as the mixed and open relays in Para Cross-Country Skiing. Read more

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Day 8 review: Wheelchair Curling gold for China, McKeever equals record

Submitted by Hernan on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 17:22

China topped the podium in the mixed Wheelchair Curling at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on Saturday (12 March) as Canada’s Brian McKeever became the joint most decorated male Winter Paralympian of all time.

The penultimate day of action also saw Para alpine skiers Ebba Aaarsjoe of Sweden, Austrian Veronika Aigner and Germany’s Anna-Lena Forster double their gold medal haul in the slalom.

Over at the Para Ice Hockey, the bronze medal face-off saw China emerge the victors. Read more 

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Unstoppable Brian McKeever speaks on his time and more

Submitted by prashant.nd on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 11:25
Canadian legend Brian McKeever in action.

The world will see Canada’s legendary Paralympian Brian McKeever for one last time on Sunday, 13 March, when he would be going all out in the Cross-Country relay chasing a record 17th Paralympic title.

On the penultimate day of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, McKeever teamed up with long time guide Graham Nishikawa and wearing bib No 16, to complete a hat-trick of gold winning the Men's Middle Distance Free Technique Vision Impaired  with a time of 33:06.6.

Sweden’s Zebastian Modin settled for silver while Ukraine’s Dmytro Suiarko claimed bronze.

With his third gold medal in three events, McKeever is now tied with Germany's most decorated Alpine skier Gerd Schenfelder -  16 gold medals. Such has been McKeever’s dominance that he has not lost an individual competition in the Paralympics since Turin 2006 Games. Read More

China swell medals tally in Cross-Country

Submitted by prashant.nd on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 11:16
TOP OF THE WORLD: Chenyang Wang of China reacts after winning the gold as compatriot Jiayun Cai looks on following the Men's Middle Distance Free Technique Standing.

Hosts China raised their game a couple of notches higher on the penultimate day of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games to clinch three golds in the Cross-Country event at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre.

Despite two relay events slotted on the final day of the Games on Sunday, 13 March, China has already sealed the top spot in Para Cross Country with 17 medals - seven gold, five silver and five bronze. They are followed by Canada (5-1-3-9) and Ukraine (2-1-3-6).

Chenyang Wang dashed Frenchman Benjamin Daviet’s dreams of a third gold in Nordic Skiing by clocking a time of 36:48.7 in the Men's Middle Distance Free Technique Standing event. Daviet finished 1.4 seconds behind while Wang’s compatriot Jiayun Cai with another 10.7 seconds behind stood third. Read More