|McKeever, Whyte Second in Disabled Biathlon World Cup|
Brian McKeever of Calgary, guided by his brother Robin, placed second in the blind 5 x 2.5 km at the first World Cup Disabled Biathlon race of season in Mouthe France. Frank Höfle of Germany was first and Willi Brem of Germany was third.
The conditions were tough with light wet snow yesterday and during the night. The temperature during the race was +7C with lots of water in the track.
Shauna Whyte of Hinton was second in the women's 5 x 2.5 km sit ski race. Shauna was 0:20.8 behind Svitlana Tryfonova of Ukraine. Tryfonova has been "the one to beat" this season in World and Europa Cup races. Ragnhild Myklebust of Norway, previously undefeated women's sit skier since 1984, was fifth. This is a major upset.
Head Coach, Kaspar Wirz of Saskatoon, said "both skiers were happy with the results. Shauna shot and skied very well and Brian had to ski very hard to place." This is Brian's second year in biathlon.
The next race is January 27. Canada will have 4 skiers in the long distance race.
The skiers are preparing for the Paralympics at Salt Lake City March 7-16. The team representing Canada at the Paralympics was announced January 24 in Ottawa. The Nordic Team consists of Shauna Whyte of Hinton, Brian McKeever of Canmore guided by his brother Robin and Colette Bourgonje of Saskatoon.
News Source: Cross Country Canada. Reported by Jeff Whiting.
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