Brian McKeever of Calgary, Alberta will carry the flag for Canada in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The news should come as no surprise whatsoever as McKeever, who is legally blind, is one of the best Paralympians Canada has ever produced.
At the last four Paralympic Winter Games, McKeever has won 13 medals in men’s cross-country skiing and biathlon. Ten of the 13 medals have been gold as McKeever won two gold medals each in cross-country skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, and three gold medals each in cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
McKeever continues to ski exceptionally well at the age of 38. He won one gold medal in the men’s 20 km cross country skiing event for the visually impaired at the 2015 Para Nordic World Championship in Cable, Wisconsin and two more gold medals in the men’s 10 km cross country skiing event for the visually impaired and the men’s 20 km cross country skiing event for the visually impaired at the 2017 Para Nordic World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. The men’s 20 km classical visually impaired race is March 11 at 7:25 pm MT and the men’s 10 km classical visually impaired race is March 16 at 7 pm MT. McKeever will also be a medal contender in the men’s 1 km visually impaired sprint, which takes place at 11 pm MT on March 14.