The Breathtaking Performances of PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games have come to an end, bringing a close to one of the most successful Paralympic events in history.

New heroes rose, while famliar favourites showed the world what achievements hard work and dedication can bring. No matter the sport or discipline, each athlete lived up to their top flight Paralympic status.

USA Get the ‘Threepeat’

It was smooth sailing for the USA’s Para ice hockey team on the road to the final, with the mix of Paralympic Games veterans and rookies putting up high scores against each opponent.

It wasn’t until their final match against Canada that Team USA faced a real challenge on their PyeongChang campaign.

A hard-fought final score of 2-1 required Declan Farmer to produce some magic in overtime. The final Para ice hockey goal of the games required a vital score with 3.30 on the clock during the overtime period, also saw Farmer tie the record for the most goals ever at a single Paralympics.

Mentel-Spee Champion of Challenges

Like many other Paralympians, Bibian Mentel-Spee from the Netherlands routinely overcomes monumental challenges outside of the Games that make her participation in the Paralympics even more impressive.

Consistently battling tumours in her body, by the time PyeongChang 2018 rolled around she was only two and a half months clear from her most recent operation to treat a tumour in her neck. At PyeongChang 2018, Bibian Mentel-Spee retained her snowboard cross gold medal from Sochi.

Bauchet: Multi Medalist and Happiest Athlete at PyeongChang 2018

17-year-old French para-skier Arthur Bauchet was a standout name among an impressive new generation of talent that shone bright in snowy PyeongChang.
The silver skiier achieved four podiums during his busy campaign, earning him four Paralympic medals for his trophy case.

Following his success in downhill, slalom, super-G and super combined in the standing category, was his wide-eyed smile that often stole the show, reminding spectators in attendance and at home the importance of a Paralympic medal.

Delighted to be at the Paralympic Games, the young athlete said after his victories that he was "living a dream”.

Eui Hyun-sin Brings it Home for Korea

Para skiier Eui Hyun-sin had the expectations of a nation on his shoulders when he entered the 7.5 km cross country sitting category in the closing days of the competition. Having already secured a 5th place position in the 15km biathlon, he defied expectations to take home the gold medal for his country. A wonderous occasion for the athlete and his host nation alike that will go down in history.

The People's Republic of China Upset Canada’s Curling Control

The People's Republic of China caused an upset in the status quo of wheelchair curling after Haito Wang, Chen Jianxin, Wei Liu, Meng Wang and Qiang Zhang defeated Norway to take the gold.
Canada has been the Paralympic champion since the introduction of the sport at the Turin Olympics in 2006. The former victors took bronze, after beating the Republic of Korea 5 to 3.

Bochet Continues Strong French Presence

Marie Bochet of France saw gold several times at PyeongChang 2018, winning four gold medals in downhill, slalom, giant slalom and Super-G alpine para-ski in the standing category. Her success in Korea is added to her impressive performances at the Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

Arendz is Pride of Canada after Medal Haul

Canada’s Mark Arendz had an unbelievable Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. He took part in six events out of a possible seven and won a medal in every single one of them.

His main goal was to win a gold medal in his preferred discipline of biathlon. In the 6km sprint he won the silver medal behind Frenchman Benjamin Daviet and in the 10km he took the bronze.

That left him with one final chance to win that elusive gold in the longest biathlon race, the 12.5km individual.

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