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Eight-time Paralympic medalist from Prince Edward Island
The six-foot-three biathlete and cross-country skier from Hartsville, P.E.I. was Canada's individual star at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning a record setting six medals (one gold, two silver and three bronze) in Para-nordic skiing.
He was selected Canada's flag bearer on behalf of Canada’s most successful winter Paralympic team ever at the Closing Ceremony and said "The message I want to share is I’m hoping that anyone in Canada can look at the performances this week, not only from myself but the entire nordic team, the entire team Canada here in Pyeongchang and see what is possible,"
Arendz was also one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where he competed in five events (two cross country and three biathlon events) and earned two medals in biathlon with silver in the 7.5 kilometre standing and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre standing.
Being competitive by nature, Mark took a liking to sports at a very young age. He began cross country skiing in the backyard when I was about five years old.
Mark lost his left arm above the elbow in a Farm accident at age seven when he toppled into a grain auger. While the accident was initially a major shock, it did not deter him from pursuing his love of sport and competition and he started his competitive cross country skiing career with a ski prosthetic in able-bodied events.
Mark's interest turned towards Biathlon after watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, after which he decided to give it a try.
Eight-Time Paralympic Medalist
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Hometown: hartsville, PEI
Training base: canmore, alberta
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