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Cross-Country Skiing : Brian McKeever 'devastated' to miss Olympic debut

Whistler (AFP) - Paralympian Brian McKeever admitted Saturday he was devastated to miss out on Canada's four-man team for Sunday's 50km cross-country, the final ski event of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. >>>

Postcard from Torino: Nordic skiing at Pragelato Plan

Covering two disciplines – cross country skiing and biathlon – Nordic skiing has more medals up for grabs than any other Paralympic sport. >>>

VANOC to conduct operational testing at Whistler competition venues during trio of Nordic and alpine sport events over next two weeks

Vancouver, BC – The final testing of Whistler venues built for the 2010 Winter Games will be conducted over the next two weeks during sport events for able-bodied biathlon and three Paralympic competitions: biathlon, cross-country and alpine skiing. All events are free and open to the public. >>>

Paralympic Perspectives : Colette Bourgonje

As an able-bodied athlete, Colette Bourgonje of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, rose to the national level in cross-country running. She became an athlete with a disability in 1980 after an accident. She then took up wheelchair racing and later cross-country skiing in the sit-ski class. This elementary physical education teacher has competed in five Paralympic Winter Games: Tignes-Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002 and Torino 2006. She has also competed in three Paralympic Summer Games, including Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. A member of the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, she has a career total of eight medals — four from the Summer Games and four from the Winter Games.  >>>

Paralympic Perspectives: Robin McKeever

Robin McKeever of Canmore, Alberta, is a nine-time able-bodied Canadian national champion in cross-country skiing. He also competed as a member of the Canadian team during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympic Games. McKeever now competes in cross-country skiing as the sighted guide for his brother, Brian McKeever. Together the McKeever brothers won two gold medals and one silver medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. At the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, the duo won two gold medals and one silver medal in cross-country skiing, plus a bronze medal in the 7.5-kilometre biathlon competition. The McKeever team is on target to contend for multiple Paralympic medals at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.  >>>

Ski: Canada's McKeever to make history in Vancouver

Banff (AFP) - Canadian cross-country skier Brian McKeever was chosen for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, making him the first winter sports athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. >>>

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