As the Paralympic Winter Games grew in popularity, they began to attract top talent from around the world. The Games have grown and with this number of competitions and competitiveness.
The Paralympic Winter Games have, over the years, witnessed many outstanding performances by para-athletes who will live on in our minds for years to come.
Here’s a look at some of the memorable moments from the Paralympic Winter Games.
BIBIAN MENTEL-SPEE (HOLLAND, PARA SNOWBOARD, PYEONGCHANG 2018)
In one of the best moments of the 2018 Games when Bibian Mentel-Spee won two gold medals. An incredible performance as she arrived at the Games just two months after undergoing cancer treatment at the age of 45.
The Dutch snowboarder didn’t have time to prepare as she was undergoing cancer treatment for the whole of 2017. Despite this, she won her first gold medal in snowboard cross and it was a very special moment. moving for her as she beat compatriot Lisa Bunschoten. Mentel-Spee then edged American Brittani Coury by 0.07 seconds to win gold in the banked slalom.
Mentel-Spee, who has undergone cancer treatment nine times in her life, switched to para snowboarding after being diagnosed with bone cancer and having her leg amputated.
CHINA TEAM (WHEELCHAIR CURLING, PYEONGCHANG 2018)
The Chinese wheelchair curling team won its first Paralympic winter medal for China at the 2018 Games.
A force to be reckoned with at the Summer Paralympics, China had to wait until 2018 for their first Winter Games medal. And they took it in style, with the wheelchair curling team topping the podium after a 6-5 win over Norway in the gold medal game after an extra end.
The win was also seen as a boost for winter parasports in the country, especially with the upcoming Games scheduled for Beijing.
USA TEAM (PARA ICE HOCKEY, SALT LAKE 2002)
Para ice hockey, then known as sledge hockey, was introduced at the 1994 Paralympic Games in Lillehammer and the United States team did not participate. Four years later in Japan, they finished last in their preliminary round pool.
But in 2002, with the Paralympic Games at home in Salt Lake City, Team USA broke through to win its first gold medal.
The US sledge hockey program has become the sport’s gold standard, winning three straight gold medals through 2018. It began a four-in-five Games gold streak that the team will look to extend in Beijing. The United States also won a bronze medal in 2006. Since 2009, the United States has also won five world championship gold medals.
BRIAN MCKEEVER (CANADA, ALPINE SKIING, VANCOUVER 2010 AND SOCHI 2014)
Brian McKeever’s triple success will remain a cherished moment for him and his fans,
Visually impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever, guided by Graham Nishikawa, once again confirmed his status as Canada’s most decorated winter Paralympian, sweeping all three individual events to reach 13 gold medals in five Games to become the most successful cross-country skier of the Paralympic Games. country skier. After all that, he still had enough energy to lead his team to the final bronze medal in the final day’s relay event. Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated his success on Twitter, repeatedly congratulating McKeever along with the other Canadian medalists.
At Sochi 2014, his success was all the more incredible. The Canadian made a spectacular comeback despite a fall to record a sensational victory in the 1 km cross-country sprint.
A ski clash with Russia’s Vladimir Udaltcov near the start of the men’s visually impaired event not only threw McKeever on his back, but momentarily dashed his hopes of winning his second Games gold and ninth Paralympic title in career. Eventually he overtook three competitors with the leader, Sweden’s Sebastian Modin to claim gold.
The race generated enormous interest around the world and became one of the most iconic moments of Sochi 2014, as well as in Paralympic history.
“We are runners, so once you’re on the course and things happen, it’s part of the race. You just have to put the bit between your teeth and go,” said McKeever, who eventually won 10 Paralympic gold medals.
THEO GMUR (SWITZERLAND, ALPINE SKIER, PYEONGCHANG 2018)
The Swiss star made an outstanding winter Paralympic debut at the PyeongChang 2018 Games by winning triple gold in alpine skiing.
Although he shares a very competitive men’s category with Austrian Markus Salcher, Frenchman Arthur Bauchet, New Zealander Adam Hall and neutral Paralympic athlete Aleksei Bugaev, the 21-year-old managed to win the triple medal of gold in downhill, super-G and giant slalom.
OKSANA MASTERS (USA, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, PYEONGCHANG 2018)
Oksana Masters, who won two gold medals at the Pyeongchang 2018 Games – in the 1.5km classic sitting sprint and the 5km sitting – has the unique distinction of being a successful Paralympian at the Summer Games and of winter. At the Tokyo 2020 Games, she won two gold medals in H4–5 Road Time Trial and H5 Road Race.
At PyeongChang 2018, she also racked up two silver medals in parabiathlon and a bronze in cross country.
ROMAN PETUSHKOV (BIATHLON AND CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, SOCHI 2014)
Russian Nordic skier Roman Petushkov won an unprecedented six gold medals at his Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014.
The 36-year-old joined winter Paralympic greats such as Canadian alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft and German biathlete Verena Bentele in winning five individual titles and a relay title at the same Games.
LAUREN WOOLSTENCROFT (CANADA, ALPINE SKIING, VANCOUVER 2010)
Lauren Woolstencroft began her Paralympic Winter Games journey with two golds and a bronze at Salt Lake 2002. She won another gold and silver in 2006 in Turin. As she considered retiring after Turin, the home Games in Vancouver in 2010 prompted her to continue and what a decision it turned out to be.
In Vancouver, Woolstencroft set the record for most individual gold medals at the Paralympic Winter Games by winning five gold medals in giant slalom, slalom, super-G, alpine skiing and super combined. – one of the best performances at a single game.
SOUTH KOREA TEAM (PARA ICE HOCKEY, PYEONGCHANG 2018)
Hosts South Korea had already put on a revelatory performance as they reached the para ice hockey semi-finals for the first time at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Supported by home fans, they broke the chains against Italy to clinch a thrilling victory for bronze. with 3.18 minutes to go.
Dong-Shing Jang shoved the puck into the net for a dramatic 1-0 win – the late win sparking emotional celebrations that will live long in the memory. The standout performance came from Jae Woong-Lee who, on his birthday, came with nine incredible saves.