Skier to make history at Olympics, Paralympics |

Skier to make history at Olympics, Paralympics

Visually-impaired Paralympian Brian McKeever, left, from Canmore, Alberta races in the 50-kilometer event at the Haywood NorAm and Olympic Trials in Canmore, Alberta on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. McKeever is trying to qualify for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic team. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
AP | The Canadian Press

CANMORE, Alberta – A visually impaired cross-country skier at the Vancouver Games will become the first winter sports athlete to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Brian McKeever was selected for the Canadian team on Friday.

He’s won seven Paralympic medals, including four gold, with his brother Robin as his guide.

McKeever has Stargardt’s disease, an inherited condition of macular degeneration. His vision is less than 10 percent and peripheral.

Five athletes have competed in both Paralympics and Olympics, all during the Summer Games.

The 30-year-old skier won a 50-kilometer race last month on his home course to meet the Olympic team criteria.

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