|GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK|
Gold: USA Para Ice Hockey Team
(United States of America, Para Ice Hockey)
Team USA won its fourth straight Para Ice Hockey gold medal in a row, in Beijing 2022. With this medal, Josh Pauls became the first player to win four Paralympic and two World Championship gold medals. In 2018, Team USA beat Canada 2-1 in Overtime but this time they won by a considerable 5-0. Team USA scored 30 goals and received just 1 within their four games played, and won.
Full roster: Ralph DeQuebec, Travis Dodson, David Eustace, Declan Farmer, Noah Grove, Malik Jones, Griffin LaMarre, Jen Lee, Kevin McKee, Josh Misiewicz, Evan Nichols, Josh Pauls, Rico Roman, Brody Roybal, Jack Wallace, Joseph Woodke, Kyle Zych
Watch the gold medal match (Paralympic)
Silver: Brian McKeever and Russell Kennedy
(Canada, Para Cross-country skiing)
McKeever extended his record s the winningest Para Cross-Country Skier in Winter Paralympic history, as he won his 15th and 16th Paralympic gold medals, again with Russell Kennedy. This week he won the first Paralympic 12.5 kilometers Men’s Visually Impaired competition and his fourth Sprint competition in a row. These are meant to be his last Paralympic competitions.
Watch the Men’s 1.5 km Sprint Visually Impaired highlights (CBC)
Bronze: Vitaliy Lukyanenko and Borys Babar
(Ukraine, Para Biathlon)
Lukyanenko extended his record as the winningest Para Biathlon competitor in Winter Paralympic history, winning his eighth gold medal, taking the Men’s 10 kilometers Visually impaired, in a Ukrainian 1-2-3, and winning silver in the 12.5 kilometers, behind Oleksandr Kazik and Serhii Kucheriavyi in another 1-2 for them. He had already taken a gold medal last week.
All of Ukraine’s eleven Paralympic gold medals came in Nordic Skiing: 8 in Biathlon and 3 in Cross-Country Skiing. Oksana Shyshkova and her Guide, Andriy Marchenko, scored 3 golds in these Games, one this week. Ukraine also won the Cross-country Open 4 × 2.5 kilometer relay, while the USA won the Mixed 4 × 2.5 kilometer relay.
Relive the highlights (Paralympic)