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Best Paralympics Moments In 2014 Show Strength Of Sport

03/17/2014 12:29 EDT
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 15: Gold medalist Josh Dueck of Canada celebrates at the medal ceremony for men's Super Combined Sitting on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Despite being held amidst serious political unrest, the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics allowed athletes from around the world to gather and showcase their incredible abilities.

The Games ended Sunday, with Canada finishing third in the medal count. Even with the fierce competition, Canada took home 16 medals - seven gold, two silver and seven bronze.

The games were dominated by Russia, which led the medal count throughout the competition and ended with a whopping 80 medals, including 30 gold. Germany finished in second place above Canada, with 15 medals, including nine gold.

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Team Canada managed to leave a mark throughout the Games, overcoming obstacles and even making Paralympics history. Check out our 10 greatest moments:

Top 10 Paralympics Moments

He Falls, He Gets Up, He Wins Gold

Brian McKeever, a visually-impaired skier, fell during a race, got up and still managed to win gold. Not just that, he also made Paralympics history after becoming the first Canadian to win 10 gold medals at the Paralympics by winning three this year.

I’m Possible

‘Impossible’ written in Tetris shapes turned into ‘I’m Possible’ at the closing ceremony and gave us chills.

Sonja Gaudet, Canada’s Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer

Going into the games, Gaudet was already the most decorated the wheelchair curler in history. She not only opened the Games as Canada's flag bearer, she also added another gold to her collection this year.

Russia Wins 80 Medals

Russian athletes set a new record for the amount of medals won at a Winter Paralympics game, breaking Austria’s 1984 record by 10 medals.

Bronze In Sledge Hockey

The bronze medal game against Norway was a shutout win for Canada at 3-0. Gold went to the United States.

16-Year-Old Mac Marcoux Wins Big

The youngest member of the Canadian Paralympics team, Marcoux won one gold and two bronze in visually impaired alpine skiing with the help of his guide.

Putting The Games First

It’s hard to ignore that the Games were overshadowed by political tensions between Russia and other nations, but in Sochi the Paralympics went on as planned, allowing athletes to accomplish what they'd trained for all these years.

Josh Dueck Wins Silver On Injury Anniversary

The Canadian skier won silver on the 10-year anniversary of the day an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Dueck was also Canada’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony.

Team Canada Dominates Curling

The gold medal win marked the first time Canada won gold in wheelchair curling at the Paralympics, and men’s and women’s curling at the Olympics. This was the first time a country won all three gold medals in the same year.

First Paralympics Gold for Snowboarding

Bibian Mentel-Spee from the Netherlands, and American Evan Strong became the first Paralympians to win gold in para-snowboarding.