Mark Arendz

Mark Arendz

 

Mark Arendz was one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.  He competed in five events (two Para-Nordic skiing and three biathlon events).  He earned two medals in biathlon with silver in the 7.5 kilometre standing and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre standing.  Arendz’s silver was Canada’s best best-ever result in biathlon at the Games. He just missed a third trip to the podium placing fourth in the 4X2.5 kilometre relay in Para-Nordic skiing.

Arendz entered the 2014 Sochi Paralympics as the reigning World Cup biathlon champion and the world champion in the 7.5 km biathlon sprint.

He was a member of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic team and has continued to rise in the international standings ever since. He produced a breakthrough season in 2010-11, ranking second overall in the IPC World Cup standings collecting three gold, two silver and a bronze. He showed in 2011-2012 that season was no fluke, earning two gold, two silver and two bronze on the World Cup, which again, ranked him second overall.

In 2012-13, Arendz captured his first career IPC Biathlon World Cup Crystal Globe. He earned four podium finishes on the circuit, in addition to racking up three World Championship medals including his first victory at the worlds. 

Arendz lost his left arm above the elbow in a farming accident at age seven. He was attempting to put corn into a grain auger and lost his balance.  After his accident he worked for the War Amps organization as a junior counsellor. He used his experiences to teach others about farm safety. While the accident was initially a major shock, it did not deter him from pursuing his love for sport and competition.

In 2012, Arendz  was one of three finalists in the Bell Aliant Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award for Prince Edward Island athletes. He achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by the time he turned age 17. He is in human movement studies at the University of Calgary.

He volunteers for SchoolBox and in the spring of 2014 travelled as a member of the non-profit group to Nicaragua to help build a school for a community ravaged by landslides.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Double medallist in biathlon at 2014 Paralympic Games… 2013 world champion in 7.5 km biathlon… 1st overall in 2012-13 World Cup standings… 2nd overall in 2010-11 and 2011-12 World Cup standings.

PERSONAL

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: started skiing at age five in his back yard…started his competitive career with a ski prosthetic in able-bodied events… inspired to compete in biathlon after watching 2002 Winter Olympics… Within a year was on local cadet biathlon team…was on first PEI biathlon team to medal at nationals.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2014 Sochi ParalympicsBiathlon7.5km Standing - Menssilver
2014 Sochi ParalympicsBiathlon12.5km Standing - Mensbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 10km Standing - Mens 11
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 4 x 2.5km Relay - Open 4
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 12.5km Standing - Mens 3
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 7.5km Standing - Mens 2
2014 Sochi Paralympics Biathlon 15km Standing - Men 11
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Biathlon 3km Pursuit Standing - Mens 7
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1 x 4km + 2 x 5km Relay - Men 7