June 20, 2018

Ukraine wins 5th gold at 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang

14 March 2018, 08:06 | Melvin Schneider

PAMillie Knight has won two silver medals on the first weekend of competition

Millie Knight

Ukrainian Paralympic athletes have won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

McKeever and Kennedy, both of Canmore, took the lead on the last turn of the race and sped through the final stretch to cross the finish line first.

South Korean wheelchair curlers gather during their match against Sweden at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on March 14, 2018. "We have six more days of action to enjoy and I would encourage everyone to come and share this special moment with us".

"It's Simmi's day. We tried hard but it's boardercross and anything can happen", Tudhope said.

With the gold medal, McKeever surpassed para-alpine skier Lana Spreeman for the most all-time medals won by a Canadian Paralympian at the Winter Games. Thomas Clarion of France finished third.

Also on Wednesday, Russian Mikhalina Lysova grabbed silver in the women's vision-impaired sprint, while Marta Zaynullina took bronze in the women's sitting-skiing sprint.

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Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-beom added: "We are delighted with the record ticket sales that we have achieved at Pyeongchang 2018".

"That was a little nerve-wracking", Arendz said of the finish.

He was the first person to win a gold medal at both the X games and the Winter X Games in the same year in different sports in 2010.

According to the IPC, by Monday evening sales had surpassed the 316,200 sold for the 2014 Sochi Games and almost doubled the 162,974 tickets sold for the 2006 Turin Games, which the IPC attributed to growing interest in disabled sports.

"They did an awesome job today", McKeever said on his guides. Spreeman won a total of 13 medals in her five Paralympic appearances.

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