Australia's First Paralympic Gold Medal in 16 years

Simon Patmore celebrates winning gold

Quesnel resident and Canada's Para Hockey Team defenceman James Gemmell opened the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games with a 17-0 victory over Sweden in Gangneung, South Korea. The event in which McKeever struck gold was the men's 20 kilometre cross-country skiing for the visually impaired.

On the first day, Henrieta from Slovakia bagged first gold medal of the games in Downhill Skiing, while Andrew Kurka won bronze medal in the same sport.

More than 600 athletes are set to compete in the 2018 Winter Games, including 44 percent more female athletes than competed in the 2014 games.

Live Streaming: Events will be live streamed on the CBC and Radio-Canada websites, Paralympic.ca, Twitter and Facebook and will be available on demand following the conclusion of the live event.

Also today, the Belarusian Yuri Golub won his second silver at the Games.

McKeever reached the podium by one minute, 26.5 seconds.

Simon Patmore after winning bronze in London

Canada went 3-0 in its round-robin pool, outscoring the opposition 35-0 in the process.

He becomes the fifth Australian athlete - after Michael Milton (six gold medals), Bart Bunting and his guide Nathan Chilvers (two), Michael Norton (two) and James Patterson (one) - to win a Winter Paralympic title.

The offensive barrage was sparked by Tyler McGregor's (Forest, Ont.) four goals, including the first of the game, which was his 100th career point. Canada will now play in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Patmore easily beat Italian Manuel Pozzerle in the two-man final of the upper limb disability class on Monday to win Australia's first medal of the Games. Mark Ideson's Canadian rink was unable to recover from an early deficit in a 7-5 loss to hosts South Korea and struggled in an 8-1 loss against Great Britain.

Arendz is the only Canadian in the standing category (11:50 p.m. ET).

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