Canada’s Medals and Moments at the 2022 Paralympics
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As the final day of the 2022 Paralympics wraps up, and the Beijing Olympics become a fleeting memory, let's take a look back at the awe inspiring performances of the athletes that represented Canada in this year's Paralympics.
Canadian Paralympians thrived in Beijing and brought home an impressive 25 medals: 8 gold, 6 silver, and 11 bronze medals, which puts Canada in third for total medals behind just Ukraine and China.
While this update is focused on Canada, Ukraine deserves a special nod here: with all that is going on, for Ukrainian athletes to achieve a second place finish in the overall medal standings is an impressive show of resilience. Ukraine has traditionally been a strong contender in the Paralympics (taking fourth position in 2014 and sixth in 2018), but this is the country's best ever Paralympic medal count and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Now, let’s take a moment and appreciate all the incredible feats that Canadian athletes achieved in Beijing.
By the numbers: Team Canada’s success at the Paralympics in Beijing
49 - the number of athletes, and guides, that represented Canada in the Beijing Paralympics
16 - the number of Canadian athletes bringing medals home from Beijing
11 - Bronze medals won by Canadian athletes
8 - Gold medals won by Canadian athletes
6 - Silver Medals won by Canadian athletes
1 - Athlete bringing home three medals. Mark Arendz brought home a bronze, silver, and gold in the men’s Para Biathlon events.
Unforgettable moments of the 2022 Paralympics
Mollie Jepsen was an athlete we expected to do big things at this year's games and she did not disappoint.
Mollie secured Canada’s first gold medal at the 2022 Paralympics and even managed to snag herself a silver medal, quite an impressive feat and surely a moment to remember.
Brian Mckeever and his guide Russell Kennedy secured Brian’s 19th career medal, 15 of which have been gold medals, when they took gold in the visually impaired sprint cross-country event.
This will be the last Olympics that Brian competes in after competing since 2002 and he has certainly made his mark and built an impressive legacy at the Olympics.
Brittany Hudak was another athlete we expected to land on the podium in Beijing and she not only secured Canada’s first bronze medal, but would go on to secure a second bronze medal!
Needless to say, Brittany is a fierce competitor who made Canada proud and we expect her to continue to collect medals at future games.
Natalie Wilkie was Canada’s youngest athlete at the 2018 Paralympics at only 17 years old and she managed to become a breakout star securing a bronze, silver and gold medal.
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In 2022, Natalie continued to show her athletic talent by securing two gold medals in the 15km cross country and the sprint cross country, two very demanding and competitive events. You can expect more incredible performances from this young women in future games.
The future of Olympics and #BC2030
The days of the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics are sizzling to a finish and the hundreds of athletes that competed in both these events for Canada certainly made it a year to remember. With the end of some careers and the beginning of others only just coming to life, the future of Canadian Olympians are looking very bright.
It is time for us, as Canadians, to take a look at the future in the 2030 games, by remembering how fruitful the past has been in the form of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The 2010 Olympics, while having an extremely positive impact on the culture and economy in British Columbia, was only a fraction of what could be for the province if they were to bring the games back in 2030 with an Indigenous-led Olympic bid.
Read what Doc Pow had to say about an Indigenous-led Olympic bid. And let's set our sights on #BC2030!