Brian McKeever20 June 1979 Calgary, Canada
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships: Gold - cross-country middle distance, cross-country long distance; bronze - cross-country open relay
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Gold - cross-country middle distance, cross-country long distance, cross-country sprint
- 2013-14 IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup: Overall third place
- 2012-13 IPC Cross-Country World Cup: Overall first
- Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Gold - cross-country middle distance, cross-country long distance, cross-country sprint
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Cross-country veteran Brian McKeever targets further success at PyeongChang 2018, where he will compete at his fifth Paralympic Winter Games.
After claiming double cross-country gold in the men’s cross-country middle and long distance visually impaired races at the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany, he has good chances of reaching the Paralympic podium once again on South Korean soil.
The Canadian is widely-recognised as one of the best Para Nordic skiers ever, having won 10 golds, two silvers and one bronze over four Paralympic Winter Games. He has also sealed 16 World titles during a glittering career.
McKeever first tried skiing at three years old and began competing at 12. He was chosen Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of Salt Lake City 2002.
His older brother Robin, who competed in cross-country skiing at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, has also served as Brian’s guide for several years and has coached the Para Nordic skiing team on the international scene.
At age 19, McKeever was diagnosed with Stargardt disease (a macular degeneration or loss of central vision – fine detail and colour), which had also afflicted his father.
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