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But on Nov. 14, 2006, five days before the world long course triathlon championship she was injured in a cycling accident. A former national age group triathlon champion, a three time Ironman finisher, she was training for the championship in Australia when a car ran over her arm while she was training on the bike.
"This is a great stepping stone for me. I'm going to gain experience and hopefully I'll get some results along the way."
They talked it over and decided to do the race despite being Adidas Los Angeles White Sale
"I had a feeling in the morning that I would win a medal," he said.
"We felt like we needed to get a race in and we felt we were healthy enough not to jeopardize the next races by racing today. That was the main focus. Neither one of us prepared mentally very well for this race. We just tried to do the best we could."
She's only been on skis for three years. The face of the War Amps organization in television ads, he's only 20 and a now face of the Paralympic program after Adidas Primeknit Ultra Boost
"This equals our best biathlon performance at a Paralympics," said Brian. "In Salt Lake City (in 2002) we were sixth and in Turin we were eighth. We proved that we can still ski despite the fact we're not 100 per cent. I think as it gets better, as our health improves, we'll be able to mount a pretty challenge in the cross country races."
Canadian biathletes find Paralympic triumph in spirit of Games
When she had her accident she was told that she'd never be able to do sports again.
"We're happy to be racing but not happy with how the body is feeling," said Robin. "We do what we can."
Canada's positives came from different places.
joined the CHAMP program of the War Amps and then became a junior counsellor to help others.
"We gave ourselves a chance to medal in the morning," said Brian McKeever, referring the morning qualifying race. "We saw ourselves in a position where we had a shot at the medals and that made it easier to decide to race in the afternoon."
Then there's Barber. She wasn't even a para nordic athlete when the 2006 Games took place in Turin.
And then there were the McKeevers, from Canmore, Alta., Brian, the cross country ski stud who also made the 2010 Canadian Olympic team and his guide, brother Robin. They reached the final in the men's three km pursuit (visually impaired) despite battling the flu for the past week.
"Im really happy with that race," said Arendz. "I'm only 20 so it's the beginning of hopefully a long career. There were a few jitters on the range and that cost me. I'll work on that and get better as the week progresses.
As for the sixth place finish, that was OK too.
"That was one of the biggest things for me," he said. "At first it was for my parents and then for me to see that were so many people out there like me. I owe a lot to them for my Adidas Primeknit Women attitude of wanting to keep going and not letting my disability stay in my way.
"I didn't know about para nordic skiing. I phoned Cross Country Canada, they got me all dialed in and hooked up with the right people. It just sort of took from there. It's been a lot of hard work and training but totally worth it. It's good to set big goals and see where they take you."
Ukrainians and Russians are a confident bunch in biathlon. Six gold medals were handed out Saturday. Russia won three of them, Ukraine two and Germany one.
"The goal now is to inspire the younger amputees."
less than 100 per cent.
"To be here it's really hard to describe," she said. "It's a wonderful thing. No matter where we're at we need to set goals and to try to achieve our full potential in wherever our passions are.
Russia landed gold from Kirill Mikhaylov in the men's three km pursuit (standing), Irek Zaripov in men's 2.4 km pursuit (sitting) and Anna Burmistrova in women's three km pursuit (standing). Ukraine won gold from Olena Lurkovska in 2.4 km pursuit (sitting). Germany's gold came from Verena Bentele and guide Thomas Friedrich in women's three km pursuit (visually impaired).
a seventh place finish men's three km pursuit (standing).
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When Arendz was just seven years old he caught his left arm in the blades of a grain auger. It had to be amputated below the elbow.
Ukraine's Vitaliy Lukyanenko, who won gold with guide Volodymyr Ivanov in the three km pursuit (visually impaired), was asked when he knew he would win a medal.
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