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Blind skier man of vision

Blind skier man of vision

Added 29/12/2009

Talk about helping us all see more clearly.

Brian McKeever is a legally blind athlete who won a cross-country ski race against other aspiring Olympians, and in so doing has become eligible to join Canada's Olympic team.

The 30-year-old Canmore skier says his victory is an example of how most limitations are self-imposed.

McKeever was a rising star on the Canadian junior ski team when he was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, a juvenile macular degenerative disorder that's left him legally blind. He continued to compete against able-bodied skiers anyway, while dominating the Paralympics, but was never able to place first in a qualifying race for the Olympics prior to last week's 50-kilometre NorAm race in his hometown.

It's expected that Canada's cross-country governing body will name McKeever to Canada's Olympic team in January. That would make him the first winter athlete to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics. Five athletes have competed in both, but they were all summer sports.

McKeever's determination is an inspiration to be seized by all. He is a reminder that people are much more than their physical disabilities.

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