03 Apr Paralympic Games – Canada Ranks Third!
With the 2014 Paralympic Games coming to an official close, we are thrilled to announce that Canada ranks third! According to the Toronto Star, Canada
finished with 19 medals including 10 gold. In first place was Russia, who
dominated the leader board, earning a stunning 80 metals, including 30 gold.
Germany took second place falling just behind Russia.
Special gold medal highlights from this year’s games include both veterans
and new comers to the Paralympics. Brian McKeever, a visually impaired
Canadian athlete and past winner of 10 gold medals won gold in all three of
the cross-country ski races he participated in this year! In addition, new
comer 16 year old Mac Marcoux won gold and two bronze medals in para-alpine
A big factor in Canada’s continued success with our Paralympic athletes can
be attributed to a funding program called, Own the Podium. This unique
organization is, “responsible for assessing the performance potential of
Canadian high performance sport (both individual and team), for providing
the technical analysis required to determine Canadian podium targets for
Olympic and Paralympic Games and for making investment recommendations for
the allocation of excellence dollars provided by the national funding
In the Toronto Star article, Anne Merklinger, CEO of Own the Podium said,
“It’s been a really good Games for Canada, there’s been so many terrific
performances. The future really bodes well in terms of the young
up-and-comers that we have.”
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers are ecstatic with Canada’s success at
this year’s games and would like to congratulate all of Canada’s athletes.
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