Canada's first day of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

March 8, 2014: The first day of competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi saw Canada pick up medals in downhill and biathlon races, and its curling and sledge hockey teams win their opening matches against Russia and Sweden respectively. More on Canada's Day 1. Canadian sit-skier Josh Dueck had a particularly special day, winning silver in his event in the men's downhill on the 10-year anniversary of the day of the accident that left him in a wheelchair.

2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

Sochi, Russia.08/03/2014- Canadian Josh Dueck celebrates his silver medal in the mens sitting skiing downhill during the 2014 Paralympic Games.Photo(Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Ina Forrest takes a shot as Dennis Thiessen and Mark Ideson look on as Canada takes on Russia in Wheelchair Curling during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Silver medalist's Miroslav Haraus and guide Maros Hudik of Slovakia, gold medalist's Yon Santacana Maiztegui and guide Miguel Galindo Garces, and bronze medalist's Mac Marcoux and Guide Robin Femy of Canada celebrate during the flower ceremony following the Mens Downhill Visually Impaird during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Sonja Gaudet and Dennis Thiessen of Canada compete during the wheelchair curling mixed round robin match between Canada and Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Greg Westlake of Canada shakes hands with Christian Hedberg of Sweden during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Mark Arendz during his Silver medal performance in the 7.5km standing biathlon at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Ina Forrest and Jim Armstrong celebrates their victory over Russia during round robin play in Wheelchair Curling during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Canada meet between ends during the wheelchair curling mixed round robin match between Canada and Russia at the Ice Cube Curling Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Silver medalist Josh Dueck of Canada, gold medalist Akira Kano of Japan, and bronze medalist Takeshi Suzuki of Japan celebrate during the flower ceremony following the Mens Downhill Sitting during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Josh Dueck of Canada celebrates at the finish of the Men's Downhill Sitting during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: (L-R) Dominic Larocque, Kevin Rempel and Marc Dorion of Canada celebrate after scoring a goal during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 -Caroline Bisson competes in the 6km Standing biathlon at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Ina Forrest and Jim Armstrong watch as Russia takes a shot as Canada takes on Russia in Wheelchair Curling during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Anthony Gale avoids a check by two players as Canada takes on Sweden during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - Canadians cheer on their team as Canada takes on Russia in Wheelchair Curling during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Greg Westlake of Canada is challenged by Marcus Holm of Sweden during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Greg Westlake (L) of Canada and Niklas Rakos of Sweden battle for the puck during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Ina Forrest of Canada competes in the wheelchair curling mixed round robin match between Canada and Great Britain at the Ice Cube Curling Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Dominic Larocque (R) of Canada celebrates with team mate Kevin Rempel after scoring during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Josh Dueck of Canada competes in the Men's Downhill Sitting during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Mark Arendz of Canada competes in the men's 7.5km standing Biathlon during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Greg Westlake of Canada looks on during the Preliminary Round Group A match between Canada and Sweden at Shayba Arena on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Caleb Brousseau of Canada competes in the Men's Downhill Sitting during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games

Sochi, RUSSIA - Mar 8 2014 - View of the Ice Bube as Canada takes on Russia in Wheelchair Curling during the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Day 1

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 08: Mac Marcoux of Canada and guide Robin Femy compete in the Men's Downhill - Visually Impaired during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)