Thursday was the first day Canada did not win a medal in Sochi. It was eight days into the 2010 Games in Vancouver before the nation’s Olympic squad failed to win a medal.
1. Men’s hockey, Canada v. Norway
The men’s tournament continued Thursday with Canada winning their debut game against Norway, 3-1 (story here).
- Other results today: U.S. over Slovakia (7-2); Finland over Austria (8-4); Russia over Slovenia (5-2).
2. Women’s 1000m speedskating
3. 20km individual biathlon
Canadian Jean-Phlippe Le Guellec was leading in the 12.5 km event Wednesday event before falling on the so-called “calamity curve.” He gets another shot in the event Thursday in the 20km distance, but finished well out of medal contention.
4. New luge team relay
The luge team relay is another new event added to the Olympics and Canada is expected to perform well. The co-ed team includes Alex Gough, who finished just off the podium in women’s single luge. Canada sits second in the World Cup standings for the event, but came fourth today, just missing a medal.
- How does luge relay work? Here’s a quick explainer
Women’s curling team, skipped by Jennifer Jones, play twice on Thursday. They continued their undefeated streak with a 8-5 win over Denmark. They also play against Switzerland at 10 a.m. ET. Canada is 4-0 so far.
The men’s curling team, skipped by Brad Jacobs, eked out a 7-6 win over Denmark. Canada has a 3-2 record with four games left in the round robin.
Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds and Liam Firus skated for Canada in the men’s short program in figure skating. Chan, who finished the day in second place, is a medal favourite in the event, which concludes Friday. Russian superstar Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from the event.
Sarah Reid is in 8th place midway through women’s skeleton. The final is tomorrow.
All three Canadians competing in the men’s 1,000m short-track speed skating event placed first in their qualifying heat. The final is Saturday. However, it was a disappointing day for the defending gold medal relay team, which faltered in the semifinal.