Mark Arendz

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Date of Birth: March 03, 1990
Place of Birth: Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Hometown: Hartsville, P.E.I.
Club: Rocky Mountain Racers
Coach: Robin McKeever, Kaspar Wirz, John Jaques
Wax Technician: Ian Daffern, Bruce Johnson & Laurent Roux
Years on Senior Team: 11
Career Highlights


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Equipment:
Skis: Fischer
Poles: Leki
Boots/Bindings: Fischer

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Background

National Ski Team Background:
Mark Arendz is a 24-year-old student from the province of Prince Edward Island, and a member of the Canadian Para-Nordic Ski Team.  After making his Paralympic debut in 2010, Mark enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010-11 where he finished second overall in the IPC World Cup standings after accumulating three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. He proved in 2012 he was not a one-season wonder, but is one of the emerging leaders on the Canadian squad, after racking up two gold, one silver and three bronze medals at IPC World Cup races to finish second overall once again. Mark took things a step further during the pre-Paralympic season when he finished first overall on the IPC World Cup biathlon circuit for his category – a season highlighted by one gold and two bronze medals at the 2013 World Championships. Mark proved to the world he is one of the best after reaching the podium twice at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, winning the silver in the biathlon short distance race, and bronze in the middle distance event in Sochi.
 
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Being competitive by nature, Mark took a liking to sports at a very young age. He began skiing in the backyard when he was about five years old.  After a farm accident where he lost his left arm, Mark began his competitive career in 2003 with the use of a ski prosthetic where he started racing in able-bodied competitions only.  His interest turned towards biathlon after watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City when he decided to give it a try.  The following winter he began rifle shooting, and soon was on the local cadet biathlon team.  Mark had great success with that team, setting record results at Nationals and becoming the first Island team to medal. 
 
Personal:
At the age of seven, Mark was involved in a farm accident, which resulted in the amputation of his left arm above the elbow. While this accident was a life altering experience, it did not affect his love of sport or deter him from any future aspirations. Mark is also applying the mental skills and dedication involved with being a high- performance athlete to studying at the University of Calgary.

Notable Results

Won a silver and bronze medal in biathlon competitions at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
2014 – IPC World Cup, Canmore, CAN: 2 (Biathlon – Middle); 1 (Biathlon – Long)
2013 – First Overall on IPC World Cup Biathlon Standings
2013 – Won one gold and two bronze medals at IPC World Championships
2013 – Winner of one gold, two silver and four medals on IPC Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon World Cup
2012 – Second Overall in IPC World Cup Biathlon Standings
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Cross Country – Long)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Biathlon – Short)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 3 (Biathlon – Short)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 3 (Biathlon – Pursuit)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 1 (Biathlon – Long)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 3 (Biathlon – Short)
2011 – Second Overall in IPC World Cup Standings
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 4 (Biathlon – Pursuit)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 4 (Biathlon – Individual)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Biathlon – Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 3 (Biathlon – Sprint Pursuit)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Biathlon – Individual)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Solleftea, SWE: 1 (Biathlon – Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Solleftea, SWE: 2 (Biathlon – Individual)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Finsterau, GER: 1 (Biathlon – Pursuit)
2010 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 7 (5km F) -
2010 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 9 (Sprint C)
2010 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 7 (Pursuit)
2010 – Para-Nationals, Standing, Canmore, Alta.: (10km F Canadian Champion)
2010 – Para-Nationals, Standing, Canmore, Alta.: (5km C Canadian Champion)
2010 – IPC World Cup Ranking: Biathlon- 7
2010 – IPC World Cup Ranking: Cross Country - 5
2010 – IPC World Cup, LW 2-9, Bessans, FRA: 3 (Sprint, F)
2010 – IPC World Cup, LW 2-9, Bessans, FRA: 4 (Biathlon Sprint)
2010 – IPC World Cup, LW 2-9, Oberried, GER: 3 (Biathlon Pursuit)

Full Results

Paralymic Results:
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Sochi, RUS: 2 (Biathlon Short)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Sochi, RUS: 3 (Biathlon Middle)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Sochi, RUS: 11 (XC Middle)
2014 – Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Sochi, RUS: 11 (Biathlon Long)
2010- Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 12 (10km C)
2010- Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 7 (5km F) -
2010- Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 9 (Sprint C)
2010- Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 7 (Pursuit)
2010- Paralympic Winter Games, Standing, Vancouver, B.C.: 16 (Individual)
 
World Championship Results:
2013 – IPC World Championships, Solleftea, SWE: 1 (Biathlon Short)
2013 – IPC World Championships, Solleftea, SWE: 3 (Biathlon Pursuit)
2013 – IPC World Championships, Solleftea, SWE: 3 (Biathlon Long)
2013 – IPC World Championships, Solleftea, SWE: 12 (Cross Country Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 4 (Biathlon Pursuit)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 10 (Cross Country 20km, C)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 6 (Biathlon Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS: 4 (Biathlon Individual)
 
World Cup Results:
2014 – IPC World Cup, Canmore, CAN: 2 (Biathlon Middle); 1 (Biathlon Long)
2014 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Biathlon Short)
2013 – First Overall in IPC World Cup Biathlon Standings
2013 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 3 (Biathlon Short)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 2 (Cross Country Middle Distance)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 3 (Cross Country Sprint)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 2 (Biathlon Long)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 1 (Biathlon Short)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 2 (Biathlon Middle)
2013 – IPC World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 3 (Biathlon Long)
2012 – Second Overall in IPC World Cup Standings
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Cross Country – Long)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Biathlon – Short)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 3 (Biathlon – Short)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 3 (Biathlon – Pursuit)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Sjusjoen, NOR: 1 (Biathlon – Long)
2012 – IPC World Cup, Cable, USA: 3 (Biathlon – Short)
2011 - IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 2 (Biathlon – Sprint)
2011 - IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 3 (Biathlon – Sprint pursuit)
2011 - IPC World Cup, Vuokatti, FIN: 1 (Biathlon – Individual)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Solleftea, SWE: 1 (Biathlon – Sprint)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Solleftea, SWE: 2 (Biathlon – Individual)
2011 – IPC World Cup, Finsterau, GER: 1 (Biathlon – Pursuit)