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    Brian McKeever

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    Canada Canada Para Nordic skiing 20 June 1979

    Calgary, Canada

    male Para Nordic skier Brian McKeever


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Vision impairment
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification B3
    Guide Graham Nishikawa
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Canmore, AB, CAN
    Languages English, French
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried skiing at age three, and began competing at age 12.
    Why this sport? He enjoys the adrenaline rush when racing.
    Name of coach Robin McKeever [national, brother], CAN
    Training Regime He trains up to six hours a day.
    General Interest
    Hero / Idol US distance runner Marla Runyan. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
    Injuries He injured two discs in his spine in June 2017. (btcalgary.ca, 23 Mar 2018)

    In late 2015 he suffered an injury while training in Finland. (cccski.com, 19 Nov 2015)

    His performances during the 2010/11 season were affected by a sinus and chest infection. (vancouversun.com, 15 Mar 2011)

    In March 2009 he broke his left humerus [upper arm] after crashing during the Canadian championships. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)

    In October 2008 he suffered a micro-fracture in his ribs. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "It's a job but it's also a lifestyle and a pleasure." (paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2013)
    Awards and honours He was named Male Athlete of the Year for Winter Sport Performance at the 2018 Canadian Sport Awards. (Twitter profile, 21 Sep 2018; games.paralympic.ca, 21 Sep 2018)

    He was named flag bearer for Canada at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He performed the same role at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (cbc.ca, 08 Mar 2018; paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)

    In 2016 he and his brother Robin received a Meritorious Service Medal [civil division] from the governor general of Canada in recognition of their sporting achievements. (skitrax.com, 24 Jun 2016)

    He received the Best Male Athlete award at the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2014)

    He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2007 International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Paralympic Sport Awards. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
    Other sports He has also participated in able-bodied cross-country skiing at international level. (paralympic.ca, 2014; paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
    Famous relatives His older brother Robin competed in cross-country skiing at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He has also served as McKeever's guide and coached Para Nordic skiing at international level. His nephew Xavier has participated in cross-country skiing at provincial level in Canada. (cccski.com, 17 Aug 2015; albertaventure.com, 01 Jul 2015; edmontonnordic.ca, 11 Dec 2014)
    Impairment At age 19 he was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a condition that also affected his father. (paralympic.ca, 05 Feb 2014)
    Other information WORLD-FIRST HEARTBREAK
    At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he looked set to become the first athlete to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the same year when he was selected for the Canadian able-bodied team. He skis with a guide at Paralympic events, but relies on the outlines of competitors in able-bodied competition and tries to follow at similar speed. However, the night before the 50km classic in Vancouver, the Canadian team announced its four-man line-up and he had been left out as he was the fifth-ranked member. "I am crushed by the decision, but I understand. Our boys are racing so fast and they have deserved everything they have got." (nationalpost.com, 08 Mar 2017; metronews.ca, 11 Mar 2011; cbc.ca, 27 Feb 2010)

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