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Ben Sneesby GREAT BRITAIN In his first Paralympics, Sneesby, 19, finished 21st in the first run of the men's giant slalom, sitting, last Saturday at Rosa Khutor near Sochi. Sneesby, who is from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, when he was three months old. His treatment was successful, but it left him with no sensation in his left leg and partial feeling in his right. He didn't finish the second run of the giant slalom, which was won by Christoph Kunz of Switzerland, but came in 11th in the slalom, sitting, two days earlier.
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Josh Sweeney U.S. Sweeney (in white) scored the only goal in the ice sledge hockey final last Saturday at the Shayba Arena to give the U.S. its second gold medal of the Games. (Evan Strong, 27, from Maui, won the men's para snowboard cross, standing.) Sweeney's second-period goal avenged a loss to Russia in a preliminary round. It was the first Paralympics for Sweeney, 26, who's from Phoenix. In 2009 he was serving as a Marine in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost his legs.
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Du Haitao CHINA The 26-year-old from Harbin finished 17th in his qualifying heat of the men's 1K sprint cross-country standing event with a time of 4:09.25. The race is for athletes with impairments to both arms, preventing them from using poles. Du lost his arms in an accident while playing with high-voltage wires when he was four. The top 12 finishers qualify for the semifinal, and in the final, Russian skiers swept the medals.