Thursday, January 24, 2002 - LatestNews
McKeever Wins Disabled World Cup

Brian McKeever of Calgary, guided by brother Robin, finished in first place in the blind 5 km free style at the first World Cup Disabled cross country skiing race of season in Mouthe France. Nikola• ILIOUTCHENKO of Russia was in second place. Emil OSTBERG of Sweden was in third place. The conditions were were very tough with heavy rain. Brian said "skis were good and we handled the conditions better than everyone else."

Shauna Whyte of Hinton was fifth (5th) in the women's 5 km sit ski race. Shauna was 0:35.6 behind Svitlana TRYFONOVA of Ukraine, the winner of the 2.5 km. Colette Bourgonje of Saskatoon was eighth 1:47.0 seconds behind the winner.

Jean-Thomas Boily of Orford was in 24th place in the 5 km men's sit ski race and failed to qualify for Salt Lake City. Jean-Thomas did not make the Canadian Paralympic Qualification but has a good chance to do so in the coming races as he has already made one qualification to represent Canada at the coming 2002 Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City.

Ragnhild Myklebust of Norway, previously undefeated in women's sit skiing since 1984, was third. This is a major upset.

The next race is the long distance biathlon on Jan. 26. The skiers are preparing for the Paralympics at Salt Lake City March 7-16. The team representing Canada at the Paralympics will be announced today at 1:00 pm in Ottawa.


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News Source: Cross Country Canada.

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