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Paralympics are Canada’s best ever

Woolstencroft wins five gold medals, McKeevers three

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While Mosher is shifting his focus to adaptive snowboarding where he's the current world champion - the sport is currently being considered for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia - he says he will continue to cross-country ski, and plans to enter three Birkebeiner ski marathons next season.

"I've really come to enjoy the sport and the fitness is awesome, and I like racing," he said.

When asked if he thought he did everything he could to compete at the Paralympic level, Mosher said it was a tough progression just to get to the Games.

"I'm not a supported athlete, I have to work. I'm in adaptive snowboarding so I have to balance the two sports and life. I have mortgages. It's not like I'm 19 and just cross-country skiing. So no, I didn't do everything I could do. But given what I had and the balance I was able to bring to my life I did better than expected."

There were a few results of note in the cross-country events. Visually impaired cross-country skier Verena Bentele of Germany won three gold medals in the cross-country events and two gold medals in biathlon. Irek Zarpiov of Russia won two gold medals and a silver in cross-country, plus two gold medals in biathlon.

 

Biathlon

Canada did not win any medals in biathlon this year and only a few athletes took part. Jody Barber, Mark Arendz and the McKeevers competed for Canada, with no top-five finishes.

Almost all of the biathlon medals went to Russia (16) and the Ukraine (10).

 

 

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