Team Canada finishes with 28 medals at 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Billy Bridges (Connor Mah. Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada finishes with 28 medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.  On Saturday evening in Canada (Sunday in Pyeongchang). Canada won four medals on the final day of competition.

Three of the four medals were silver and the other was bronze. The medals came in sledge hockey, cross country skiing and alpine skiing.

In cross-country skiing, Natalie Wilkie of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Emily Young of Vancouver, British Columbia, Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alberta and Mark Arendz of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island had a second place time of 25 minutes, 21.9 seconds in the 4 x 2.5 km mixed relay. The Ukraine won the gold medal with a time of 24 minutes, 31.9 seconds. Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 25 minutes, 25.3 seconds. Team Canada earned a podium spot by 26.1 seconds. Japan was in fourth with a time of 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

Also in cross-country skiing, Brian McKeever of Calgary, Alberta and Collin Cameron of Sudbury, Ontario won the bronze medal in the men’s 2.5 km open relay. McKeever and Cameron posted a third place time of 23 minutes, 52.4 seconds. France won the gold medal with a time of 22 minutes, 46.6 seconds. Norway won the silver medal with a time of 23 minutes, 9.1 seconds. Canada earned a medal by 17.9 seconds over Belarus.

In sledge hockey, Canada lost 2-1 to the United States in the gold medal game. The Americans tied the game with 38 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Declan Farmer and then Farmer scored the game winning goal in overtime Billy Bridges of Summerside, Prince Edward Island scored a highlight reel goal in the first period. Bridges beat American goaltender Steve Cash in the top corner of the net to put Canada up 1-0 at the time. South Korea won the bronze medal with a 1-0 win over Italy.

In alpine skiing, Mollie Jepsen of Vancouver. British Columbia won the silver medal in the women’s slalom standing division. Jepsen posted a second place time of 1:59.59. Marie Bochet of France won the gold medal with a time of 1:55.46. Andrea Rothfuss of Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 2 minutes, .08 seconds. Jepsen earned her medal by 1.77 seconds over Mariia Papulova of the Neutral Paralympic Athletes who had a fourth place time of 2:01.36.

Team Canada finished in second place in the medal standings with 28 medals–eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze. The United States won the overall medal count with 36 medals.


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