Mark Arendz3 March 1990 Charlottetown, Canada
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships: Gold - biathlon middle distance and sprint; Silver - biathlon individual; Bronze - cross-country middle distance and open relay
- 2016-17 Biathlon World Cup: Overall second
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Silver - biathlon short distance; Bronze - biathlon middle distance
- 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships: Gold - short distance biathlon; Bronze - middle and long distance biathlon
Mark Arendz celebrated two golds, one silver and one bronze at Finsterau 2017, his best performance at a World Championships. The Canadian was the fastest in both the biathlon middle distance and sprint events.
He also finished second in the 2016-2017 World Cup overall rankings in the sport. His recent performances position himself as one of the strongest candidates for gold in the men’s biathlon standing category for PyeongChang 2018.
Arendz already has two Paralympic Winter Games under his belt, having competed at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, where he claimed one silver and one bronze in biathlon. He was also named 2014 Senior Male Athlete of the Year in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
He first tried skiing at age five. Two years later, he was involved in a farm accident which resulted in the amputation of his left arm above the elbow. He was attempting to put corn into a corn auger and lost his balance.
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