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USA TOPS WINTER PARALYMPIC MEDAL TABLE

Top para athletes from the United States lead the Americas to a record number of medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Team USA topped the medal table at the Winter Paralympics for the second time in history as the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics concluded March 18 in South Korea. The para athletes from the United States earned 36 medals including 13 golds.

Canada’s Paralympians were not far behind, placing second in total medals with 28 and eight golds. The top two teams in the standings earned the Americas the region’s largest-ever medal haul at the Winter Paralympics with 64, besting the 58 medals won at the Albertville 1992 Winter Games when Team USA last topped the overall podium.

The record number of medals were earned by a record number of 138 athletes competing from the 41 countries of Panam Sports. Six countries represented the Americas in PyeongChang, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States.

An athlete from the U.S. and Canada each won six individual medals during the Games. Retired Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen earned his six medals in nordic skiing while Canadian biathlete and cross-country skier Mark Arendz became the country’s first Paralympian to earn six medals in one edition.

Team USA and Team Canada also placed first and second in the men’s hockey tournament in a thrilling overtime gold medal match.

Cristian Ribera of Brazil earned his country its highest ranking at the Games with a sixth place finish in the men’s sitting 15 kilometer cross-country race as well as ninth in the 7.5km race. Carlos Codina Thomatis of Argentina placed eighth in men’s snowboard cross in the SB-LL2 category.

Nicolas Hudson earned ninth place in men’s sitting alpine skiing slalom event for Chile’s best finish in PyeongChang. Mexico’s sole Paralympian, para-alpine skier Arly Velásquez, placed 17th in the men’s Super-G sitting discipline. 

Beijing will host the next Winter Paralympics in 2022 where the Americas will seek to increase its para athlete representation for the fifth consecutive Games.