Canada’s Para-Nordic athletes added another gold and bronze to their bag of medals at the IPC World Cup in Obberied, Germany on Tuesday in sprint racing.
Brian McKeever struck gold in the men’s visually impaired classification, while Collin Cameron, of Sudbury, Ont., broke through for his first medal of the season in men’s sit-skiing.
McKeever, of Canmore, Alta., rebounded after being knocked off the golden step of the podium for the first time in the last four years, by winning for the second time in Germany. The 38-year-old star of the Paralympic world, and his guide Graham Nishikawa of Whitehorse, sprinted into the winner’s circle.
“It wasn’t a bad day all around. I went on kick wax in the qualifier since my back injury doesn’t handle double poling well, but it was too slow on this course and I had no choice but to switch for the semi- and the finals. It was a good call since it gave me a chance for the win,” said McKeever of the classic-ski sprint race.
“The final was chaotic, but I was able to be aggressive and create space to make a good pass in the last 100 metres.”
The 13-time Paralympic medallist snagged the gold from Neutral athlete, Vladimir Udaltsov, who was forced into the silver-medal position. Sweden’s Zebastian Modin skied to the bronze.
The Canadian trail to the podium continued in the men’s sit-skiing sprint race.
Collin Cameron celebrated the first medal of his season, claiming the bronze in the men’s sit-ski race.
“It feels wonderful to get on the podium, especially after some really tough results for me so far here in Germany,” said the 29-year-old Cameron. “I remained focused today. I was battling stomach issues all day, and almost wasn’t going to race in the first heat.”
After winning his semifinal heat, Cameron dug deep in a hard-fought struggle to the finish line to claim his third career medal on the IPC World Cup.
“I just skied through it all (the stomach issues), and kept my focus on going as fast as I could. It was an awesome battle to the end, and was very close.”
Neutral athlete Ivan Golubkov won the men’s sit-skiing sprint race. Andrew Soule, of the United States, topped Cameron in the photo finish.
Emily Young, of Kelowna, B.C., also advanced to the final in the women’s standing cross-country ski sprint race where she finished fifth.