The 2022 Paralympics Are Over & Team Canada & Ukraine Were Among The Biggest Winners
It was almost a record-breaking year for Canada! 🥇
The 2022 Paralympic Games have officially come to a close as of March 13, and Team Canada fared pretty well in the final medal count.
As a matter of fact, the team did so well it was actually the second-best performance from the Canadian Winter Paralympic team ever recorded in history, with the best being 28 medals at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
As the closing ceremonies begin, Team Canada will celebrate taking third place overall, with a whopping 25 medals in total.
Of those, 8 are gold, 6 are silver and 11 are bronze. The only two countries that will take home more than Canada are China with 61 medals and Ukraine with 29.
@JepsenMollie, Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games #TeamCanada closing ceremony flag bearerpic.twitter.com/Xf5l15SkAY— Canadian Paralympic Committee (@Canadian Paralympic Committee) 1647174676
This year's Paralympics saw some amazing firsts for Canada, including the country's first-ever medals in the sport of para snowboarding.
It also saw some returning Paralympians thriving, such as para Nordic skier Brian McKeever winning three gold medals, bringing his total career Paralympic medal count to 20 since his first Games in 2002.
He is currently tied with a German athlete for the most gold medals won by a man at the Paralympic Games ever.
Other impressive performances include Natalie Wilkie, who won two gold medals, one silver and one bronze; and Mark Arendz, who won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals — both in para Nordic skiing.
The 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games began on March 4 and were marked by some controversy. Notably, due to the war in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian athletes were at first told they wouldn't be allowed to compete under their flags and instead have to compete as "neutral" athletes, but were ultimately banned from the competition altogether.