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Skiers McKeever And Forest Win Gold At Paralympics

McKeever wins the men's visually impaired 20km free cross-country skiing race. Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images.

Canada has added two more gold medals to its tally at the Paralympics.

Brian McKeever kicked off the day by winning his second gold of Games in the men’s 10-kilometre classic cross-country race for the visually impaired.

Viviane Forest of Edmonton then took gold in the women’s downhill for the visually impaired. It was her third medal of the Paralympics but first gold.

Canada now has five gold medals at the Games.

Forest and guide Lindsay Debou of Whistler, B.C., covered the course in one minute 27.51. Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova of Slovakia were second in 1:28.17.

Forest also won a silver in the slalom and a bronze in giant slalom.

McKeever and his brother Robin, who acts as his guide, won with a time of 26:01.6.

McKeever won gold in the 20-kilometre race Monday. That medal helped ease the disappointment of not racing at the Olympics.

McKeever qualified for the Canadian Olympic team in January and was poised to become the first winter sport athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But the Winter Games ended in heartbreak for McKeever after the Canadian coaching staff decided not to start him in his event, the gruelling 50 kilometres.