Legally blind skier to compete in winter Olympics

Legally blind skier to compete in winter Olympics

By Alexa Kaczka

Legally blind skier Brian McKeever is set to make history by being named an official member of the 2010 Olympic cross-country ski team.

The Canadian athlete will be the first person ever to compete in both the winter Olympic and Paralympic games.

In the past, McKeever has won a number of medals with his brother Robin acting as his guide, but at the Olympics he will be relying on the remaining ten per cent of his vision.

Speaking to the Montreal Gazette, he said that memories of the course will be his biggest asset.

"It"s really important to know where the dangers are, where the corners are, and where the tracks are," he added.

Earlier this week, it was reported that blind runner Henry Wanyoike is to take part in the 10km race associated with the Dubai marathon.

Previously, the sportsman came second in the race with a time of 33 minutes and 34 seconds.

by Emily Tait

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