Arendz skis to gold at IPC World Cup

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Mark Arendz won a gold medal in the men’s stand­ing divi­sion while fel­low Cana­dian Brian McKeever took sil­ver in the men’s vis­ually im­paired cat­e­gory Wednes­day at the open­ing event of the IPC Nordic World Cup cir­cuit. Arendz, from Spring­ton, P.E.I., won his first-ever IPC World Cup cross-coun­try race, com­plet­ing the 10-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit in a time of 27 min­utes 2.4 sec­onds. “This was a fan­tas­tic way to kick off the new sea­son,” Arendz said. McKeever, from Can­more, Alta., fin­ished sec­ond in the men’s 10-kilo­me­tre vis­ually im­paired race in 27:35.1, be­hind Swedish skier Se­bas­tian Modin’s time of 26:05.7. “I just didn’t have any­thing to­day,” said McKeever, who skied with­out in­jured guide Gra­ham Nishikawa. “But even

if I was fast to­day, I wouldn’t have beaten him. Se­bas­tian was im­pres­sive to­day.”

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