On day three of the Beijing Paralympic Games, the host team of China continues to add to their medal count; while other athletes made history.

Canadian Brian McKeever won his 14th Paralympic Winter Games medal with a gold in the Para Cross Country skiing event.

McKeever is the most decorated male athlete in Para Cross Country skiing. The 42 year old skier has earned a total of 18 medals – 14 of them gold – in six Paralympics.

Snowboarders Tyler Turner and Lisa Dejong won the first medals in that sport for Canada. Dejong won a silver medal to earn the nation’s first ever medal in snowboard and was followed by Tyler Turner winning the gold.

Japan’s Taiki Kawauoke earned the nation’s first gold in Para Cross-Country in the Men’s Long Distance Classical Technique Standing event.

Finland earned their first medal of the games when Matti Suur-Hamari successfully defended his snowboard-cross title.


China extends their lead in the medal count. Finland and the Netherlands join the countries in the medal count. Canada joins China as the only countries to reach double digits in the medal count.

Paralympic medal count – March 7:
China – 25
Canada – 12
Ukraine – 8
Germany – 8
United States – 8
Japan – 6
France – 5
Austria – 5
Great Britain – 5
Slovakia – 3
Norway – 3
New Zealand – 3
Sweden – 3
Finland – 2
Italy – 2
Netherlands – 2
Australia – 1
Switzerland – 1