Brian McKeever

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Date of Birth: June 18, 1979
Place of Birth: Calgary, Alberta
Hometown: Canmore, Alberta
Club: Lifesport Ski Team
Coach: Robin McKeever
Years on Senior Team: 16
Career Highlights


Personal Sponsors: Lifesport, StoneCor, Visa
Equipment:
Skis: Fischer
Poles: One Way
Boots/Bindings: NNN/Fischer

Photo Gallery

Background

National Ski Team Background:
Brian McKeever is one of Canada’s most-accomplished Paralympic athletes having racked up 13 medals in three trips to the Paralympic Winter Games, including 10 gold. Teaming up with former guide, and brother Robin, Brian has won nearly everything on the table in Para-Nordic skiing. Brian has continued his tradition of winning with new guide and childhood friend, Erik Carleton. He also added friend, and national team athlete Graham Nishikawa to his team as an additional guide at the Sochi Paralympics. In 2010, Brian became the first athlete in the world to be named to the Olympic and Paralympic Teams. While Brian did not start in the Olympic races in Whistler, he went on to win three gold medals at the Parlaympics. Brian has worked his way through the national program competing at all levels in both able-bodied and Para-Nordic skiing. He competed in his first World Championships in 2007 where he led the Canadians with a 21st-place finish in Sapporo, Japan. Prior to being diagnosed with Stargaard’s disease in 1998, Brian also represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in Pontresina, Switzerland.
 
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Growing up in an active family, Brian began skiing at the early age of three, and entered his first competitive race at age 12. What he enjoys most about skiing is the adrenaline rush he receives when racing or competing. Kaspar Wirz introduced him to the blind skier category of the Para-Nordic ski world as he was new on the team at the time.
 
Personal:
It wasn’t only his father’s influence that shaped Brian’s life, but a rare genetic disease as well. Brian’s father and aunt suffered from Stargaard’s disease (macular degeneration or loss of central vision – fine detail and colour). Doctor’s had always told Brian that he may get the disease, but both his father and his aunt contracted the disease in elementary school. Brian felt that he may have beat the odds as he grew into his teens.
 
In 1998, Brian competed in the 1998 World Junior Championships, but by 1999 he was having trouble reading billboards from the car window. He had his eyes checked and was diagnosed with Stargaard’s disease. “The easiest way I can describe the feeling is that if you stared at the sun for a long time and turn away, you get these fuzzy spots. Well for me, the fuzzy spots don’t go away. It’s the loss of central vision. Sort of like a fuzzy blob in the middle of my vision. I always knew it was a possibility,” continues Brian. “But it wasn’t much of a transition because soon after I was diagnosed, the disabled team came knocking.”

Notable Results

Winner of 13 Paralympic medals, including 10 gold
Won three gold medals at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in  Sochi, Russia
Won three gold medals at 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver-Whistler
First athlete in the world to qualify for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in same year
Won two gold medals at 2013 Para-Nordic World Championships
Overall winner on 2013 IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup
Won five gold medals on 2013 IPC World Cup Circuit
Won three gold and one silver at 2011 Para-Nordic World Championships
Races on the World Cup in both the able-bodied and para-nordic circuits
Finished 21st in the 15km free event at the 2007 FIS World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan
Four-time gold, silver and bronze medalist at Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy
First overall in 2004, 2003 and 2002 Disabled World Cup rankings for cross-country skiing - Men's Blind Category;
Five-time gold medalist at 2003 Disabled World Championships;
Two-time gold and silver medalist at Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City

Full Results

Paralympic Results:
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 1 (Sprint)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 1 (20km C)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 1 (10km F)
2010 – Paralympic Games, Vancouver-Whistler, B.C.: 1 (Sprint)
2010 – Paralympic Games, Vancouver-Whistler, B.C.: 1 (20km F)
2010 – Paralympic Games, Vancouver-Whistler, B.C.: 1 (10km C)
2006 – Paralympic Games, Torino, Italy: 1 (5km F)
2006 – Paralympic Games, Torino, Italy: 3 (7.5km Biathlon)
2006 – Paralympic Games, Torino, Italy: 1 (10km C)
2006 – Paralympic Games, Torino, Italy: 2 (20km C)
2002 – Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City, USA: 1 (5 km C)
2002 – Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City, USA: 1 (10 km F)
2002 – Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City, USA: 2 (20 km F)
2002 – Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City, USA: 6 (Biathlon)
 
World Championship Results:
2013 – IPC World Championships, Solleftea, SWE: 1 (Sprint and Long Distance)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 1 (Middle Distance)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 1 (Long Distance)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 1 (Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 2 (Biathlon Long)
2009 – IPC World Championships, Vuokatti, Finland: 1 (20km/C)
2009 – IPC World Championships, Vuokatti, Finland: 1 (10km/F)
2009 – IPC World Championships, Vuokatti, Finland: 2 (12.5km/Biathlon Long)
2009 – IPC World Championships, Vuokatti, Finland: 2 (1.2km/Sprint)
2007 – FIS World Ski Championships, Sapporo, JPN: 34 (50km)
2007 – FIS World Ski Championships, Sapporo, JPN: 21 (15km)
2007 – FIS World Ski Championships, Sapporo, JPN: 39 (Pursuit)
2005 – IPC World Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1 (Biathlon 7.5km)
2005 – IPC World Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah: 6 (Biathlon 12.5km)
2005 – IPC World Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1 (10km F)
2005 – IPC World Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1 (Biathlon 5km C)
2005 – IPC World Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1 (Biathlon 20km F)
 
World Cup Results:
2014 – IPC World Cup, Canmore, CAN: 1 (Middle Distance, Long Distance)
2014 – IPC World Cup, Oberstdorf, GER: 1 (Middle Distance and Long Distance)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 1 (Sprint, Middle Distance, Long Distance)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 1 (Sprint and Long Distance)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 1 (Sprint)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 1 (Middle Distance)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 2 (Long Distance)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Middle Distance)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Long Distance)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Sprint)
2009 – IPC World Cup, Whistler, BC: 1 (1.24km/Sprint)
2009 – IPC World Cup, Whistler, BC: 1 (10km/C)


2008 – IPC World Cup Finals, Nes, NOR: 1 (Sprint)
2008 – IPC World Cup Finals, Nes, NOR: 1 (7.5km Biathlon)
2008 – IPC World Cup Finals, Nes, NOR: 1 (Pursuit)
2008 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (20km)
2008 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (10km)
2006 – IPC World Cup, Lillehammer, NOR: 1 (5km C)
2006 – IPC World Cup, Lillehammer, NOR: 3 (20km F)
2006 – IPC World Cup, Lillehammer, NOR: 1 (Sprint)
2005 – IPC World Cup Lillehammer, NOR: 1 (5km)
2005 – IPC World Cup Lillehammer, NOR: 3 (20km)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Tannheim, Germany: 1 (10 km C)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Tannheim, Germany: 1 (10 km F)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Tannheim, Germany: 1 (Sprint)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Mont Orford, Que.: 1 (5 km F)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Mont Orford, Que.: 1 (20 km F)
2004 – IPC World Cup, Mont Orford, Que.: 1 (Sprint)
 
National Results:
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 1 (10km F)
2013 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Whistler, B.C.: 3 (50km F)
2007 – Haywood NorAm Cup, Canmore, Alta.: 2 (Pursuit)
2005 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Prince George, B.C.: 2 (Sprint)
2005 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Prince George, B.C.: 3 (Pursuit)
2005 – Haywood Ski Nationals, Prince George, B.C.: 4 (10km C)