"It feels absolutely great and a big relief to get on the podium right away," said a beaming Arendz. "I fought as hard as I could, Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard Cream
the way with two goals and two assists apiece.
"This is fantastic," Dueck said. "I'm really about performance, and I took a fast line down the hill and took some chances and I got pretty lucky.
"It is so warm and not really winter like conditions so the course was really slowing down out there," he said. "The guys in the wax room did a great Air Max Moon Shoes
job on the skis.
The Canadian team returns to action Sunday facing Norway. Four years ago, the Norwegians nipped Canada to win the bronze medal in Vancouver.
Arendz was fourth midway through the race but shot clean in his second stop at the range to begin his successful charge to a podium finish.
Arendz finished just .07 seconds behind gold medallist Vladislav Lekomtcev of Russia, who posted a winning time of 19 minutes 3.7 seconds.
The course was slushy because of the warm weather, which created challenges for Arendz.
It was one of three medals for Canada on the day. Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and guide Robin Femy of Mont Tremblant, Que., claimed a bronze in the men's visually impaired downhill.
Russian Azat Karachurin finished third in 19:14.9.
"I crossed the line and was thrilled.
"I wasn't far off. I told myself to fight hard on that penalty loop to get over the penalty and finish strong."
Canadian athletes open Paralympics in Sochi with three medals Saturday
Arendz's coach, Robin McKeever, guided his brother and 10 time Paralympic medallist, Brian, to Canada's only other Paralympic medal in biathlon. They captured a bronze medal in the visually impaired 7.5 kilometre sprint Nike Air Max 95 Dark Grey Wolf Grey discipline at the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy.
And in wheelchair curling, Canada, the defending world champion, earned wins of 6 3 over Great Britain and 5 4 versus host Russia. The Canadians take on Sweden on Sunday.
"The plan was to shoot clean and I was focused on following that, but I missed that one target just slightly," said Arendz. "I thought I had it but a twitch of the finger and I just missed it.
Also, the Canadian sledge hockey team opened with a convincing 10 1 win over Sweden. Anthony Gale of Brampton, Ont., and Adam Dixon of Midland, Ont., led Air Max 95 Ultra White
and it was such a close race at the end."
Dueck won his medal on the 10th anniversary of the freestyle skiing accident that landed him in a wheelchair. It was his second Paralympic medal after claiming a silver in slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.
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