Sunday, March 25, 2018

Paralympics PyeongChang 2018: Top five medal winners

PyeongChang 2018: Top five medal winners

Performances that lit up these Paralympic Winter Games
a sit skier celebrates on his knees holding the South Korean flagEui Hyun Sin is South Korea's first Winter Paralympic champion © • Getty Images
By IPC
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Among the 241 medals awarded at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, these medallists stood out.
USA tops the table
A dramatic come-from-behind overtime win only added to the glory of the USA’s dominant in PyeongChang.
The US ice hockey team upset reigning world champions and favourite Canada for the gold medal on the very last day of competition. That brought the USA’s count to 36 total medals, with 13 golds.
Five of those came from snowboard, with two-time champion Brenna Huckabyliving up to her debut hype.
Oksana Masters and Kendall Gretsch also combined for four titles in Nordic skiing.
Silver does not spoil Slovakian success
Henrieta Farkasova, with guide Natalia Subrtova, leave PyeongChang as the most decorated Paralympian with four gold medals and a silver in alpine skiing.
A silver medal in the women’s slalom vision impaired on the last day brought them to tears. They were going for a fifth and perfect Paralympic Games. But it should not take away from an overall successful week for the three-time Paralympian Farkasova, who has had her guide Subrtova since 2008.
Host nation hero
Eui Hyun Sin’s became South Korea’s lone gold medallist and most successful athlete in his home Games.
Sin stole the show when he men’s sitting 7.5km race, feeling the roaring crowd surge him to the finish line.
Sin entered the Games ranked ninth in the overall World Cup standings. But there was hidden potential as a two-time medallist from the 2017 World Championships in Finsterau, Germany.
His gold added go the 15km cross-country bronze in PyeongChang.
China went 9-2 in the round-robin sessions, en route to a 6-5 victory over reigning world champion Norway in the finals. Led by skip Haitao Wang, their victory marked not only China’s first Paralympic medal in the sport, but also the country’s first in a Paralympic Winter Games.
Missing the 2017 World Championships podium, the team had a strong round-robin showing and came through in a tight contest against Norway.
McKeever leads Canadian success
Canada was second in the medals tally with 28 total, eight behind golds.
Leading the way was vision impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever, who won his 13th Paralympic gold after the 10km event.
It was his fifth Paralympic Winter Games appearance, and he showed no sign of slowing down.
The official site for PyeongChang 2018 can be found here.

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