Paralympic Viewing Guide: Canadians of All Ages Win Medals

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Canadians of all ages rack up Paralympic medals

Three Canadian cross-country skiers from three different generations each won their second Beijing Winter Games medal today.

The great Brian McKeever, a 42-year-old Gen Xer, headlined the day by winning the men’s sprint for the visually impaired for his second gold medal of the Games and the 15th of his unprecedented career. A precocious Gen Z skier who is half McKeever’s age also won his second gold medal at the Games. Natalie Wilkie’s victory in the women’s standing sprint gives her three Paralympic titles (and five medals overall) at just 21 years old. bronze) by placing third in the men’s sitting sprint.

In five days of competition in Beijing, the Canadians won 16 medals, including seven gold. This puts Canada in second place official classificationbehind China, and third in total medals, behind the host nation and Ukraine.

Day 6 promises to be quieter for Canada, but there is a solid chance for a medal in alpine skiing, which is coming back from a two-day break. Meanwhile, the Canadian wheelchair curling team is looking to secure a playoff berth on the final day of round robin play. Here’s what to watch Wednesday night and Thursday morning:

Alexis Guimond is aiming for his second alpine medal of the Games.

After picking up a bronze medal in the men’s standing super-G on day two, the 22-year-old has a good chance to repeat as a medalist in the giant slalom, where he won bronze in 2018. Canada also count one skier in each of the other two men’s giant slalom events that make up the day 6 alpine programme. Brian Rowland is competing in the seated category while, in the visually impaired division, 19-year-old Logan Leach will attempt to lean on his top-nine finishes in each of his three races so far at these Games. Races begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and each competition consists of two rounds.

Unfortunately, Canada lost its top medal contender in men’s giant slalom when visually impaired skier Mac Marcoux withdrew from the Games due to injury after his second race. Marcoux won giant slalom gold in 2014 and bronze in 2018. The 24-year-old won his sixth career Paralympic medal with silver in the downhill on day one in Beijing. But he was forced out of the Games with a lower-body injury after crashing in the super-G on day two.

The Canadian wheelchair curling team can earn a playoff berth.

Captain Mark Ideson, Canadian flag bearer Ina Forrest and teammates Jon Thurston and Dennis Thiessen ended their three game losing streak with wins over Great Britain and Estonia today to move to 6- 3. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs and Canada is currently alone in third place, behind China and Sweden (6-2 in both cases) and ahead of Slovakia (5-3) and a trio of teams 4-4.

The Canadians can secure a spot in the semifinals by winning their round robin final at 8:35 p.m. ET against Norway (4-5). Learn more about what’s in store for Canada by watching That Curling Show with hosts Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones at 8 p.m. ET on CBC Sports YouTube Channel.

Learn more about the Paralympics

Catch up on anything you may have missed from Day 5 here. Read about a young Ukrainian biathlete who pulled out of her event after discovering her father had been captured by Russian forces here. Find out how Canadian snowboarder Tyler Turner calmed down before his gold medal run by thinking about skydiving – the hobby that nearly killed him – here.

How to watch live events

They are streamed on the CBC Sports Beijing 2022 website, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. See the full broadcast schedule here, including links to watch the events when they’re live. You can also catch the Paralympic action daily on the CBC Television Network. See the full TV schedule here. Learn more about CBC Sports’ Paralympic coverage plans here.

WATCH | What you missed on day five of the Paralympic Games:

While you were sleeping: gold for McKeever and Wilkie, bronze for Cameron

Brian McKeever won his 19th Paralympic medal in his sixth Paralympic cycle, Natalie Wilkie won her second gold in Beijing and Collin Cameron added a fifth bronze to his collection. Catch up on what you missed overnight with CBC Sports’ Jacqueline Doorey. 3:50

Quickly…

Alex Ovechkin tied Jaromir Jagr for third place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. Ovechkin’s 35th and 36th goals of the season in last night’s win over Calgary brought his regular-season career tally to 766. Ovechkin got here 480 games fewer than Jagr. The Russian star is now just 35 goals behind number 2 Gordie Howe, 128 from Wayne Gretzky’s record and, yes, still displays this picture of him next to Vladimir Putin as his Instagram Profile Picture.

The defending Brier champions won a battle of undefeated. Brendan Bottcher’s Canadian team beat Matt Dunstone’s wild-card team today in a rematch of last year’s semi-final, which Bottcher won en route to his first Brier title. With today’s win, Bottcher’s side (6-0) edged Dunstone’s (6-1) for first place in Pool A and clinched a playoff spot. The only other undefeated team is Wild Card Rink led by three-time Brier champion Brad Gushue, who lead Pool B 5-0. Bottcher’s team has another tough game coming up tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET when they take on Alberta Ice 5-1 against four-time winner Kevin Koe. Learn more about today’s action at the Brier here.

And finally…

The “fifth majors” of tennis and golf are about to begin.

The Indian Wells tennis event isn’t quite a Grand Slam, but it’s the next best thing considering its prestige, big purses, and men’s and women’s tournaments taking place simultaneously at the same place. Canada’s Leylah Fernandez is coming strong after winning the Monterrey Open last week. She’s seeded 18th and has a bye to the women’s round of 64, which begins Friday. Fellow Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime (ninth seed) and Denis Shapovalov (13th) are byes in the men’s round of 64, which begins Saturday.

The Golf Players Championship, which kicks off Thursday morning at TPC Sawgrass (the course with the island’s signature green), is a non-major in name only. Fans love the venue and players love the players because of the massive amount of cash prizes up for grabs. This year’s event features a US$20 million prize pool, the largest in golf history. Corey Conners is the top Canadian contender for the record $3.6 million winner’s check. He finished seventh in The Players last year and is currently ranked 42nd in the world.

You are aware. Speak to you tomorrow.

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