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Day 8 recap: Bronze won amid major upsets in speed skating

Canada's Denny Morrison competes in the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Canada’s Denny Morrison competes in the men’s 1,500-meter speedskating race. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Bronze for Denny Morrison

In long track speed skating, Canadian Denny Morrison earned his second medal of the Games, taking home a bronze in the men’s 1,500m event.

Shut out in short track

Canada had two medal favourites competing in short track speed skating today, but both were eliminated in the quarter-finals. Charles Hamelin was a favourite for gold in the men’s 1,000m event but fell during his race. Canada’s Valerie Maltais was projected to win silver in the women’s 1,500m event but failed to qualify for the final.

Ski jumping

Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was the only one of the four Canadians entered to make it into the final round of the men’s large hill individual competition, where he finished 25th.

More difficulties for Gagnon in alpine skiing

Canadian Marie-Michèle Gagnon finished 20th in a difficult Super-G event where 18 competitors did not finish. She was hoping for a better performance than her last two events (she finished 21st in the downhill run and crashed out in the slalom). Larisa Yurkiw and Marie-Pier Prefontaine did not finish the course.

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Recap: Get caught up on Day 7 of the Games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt_gFVy-wQQ

Figure Skating, Men’s Free Skate

Patrick Chan won silver, falling short of his attempt to become the first Canadian male to win a gold medal in figure skating. His Japanese rival Yuzuru Hanyu won gold. Read the full story. 

Men’s Hockey, Canada v. Austria

Canada crushed Austria 6-0 in their second game in as many days, with Jeff Carter scoring a hat trick. They face Finland on Sunday.

Skeleton

  • Canadians Sarah Reid and  Mellisa Hollingsworth finished 7th and 11th. Even with no medal, the team has awesome helmets.
  • Canadians John Fairbairn and Eric Nielson placed 8th and 12th after the second men’s heat. Heat 3 and 4 continues Saturday.

Curling

Brad Jacobs is on a roll. After a disappointing start, the men’s curling team has won three in a row. Today’s 10-4 win over Norway puts Canada in 4th place with a 4-2 record.

Alpine Skiing, Men’s Super Combined

Morgan Pridy, the only Canadian  in this event, placed 20th. He made the Olympic team under the ‘young starts’ category.

Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s 15km Classic

Of the four Canadians competing in this event, Devon Kershaw had the best time, which put him in 35th place.  Alex Harvey (whose coach did this awesome thing) did not finish. The men’s team has never won an Olympic medal in this sport.

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Social media roundup: Athletes gear up for Day 1 of the Games

Athletes were busy Saturday with 11 events in nine sports underway, including several qualifying rounds, practices and even a few medal competitions. Here’s a roundup of activity from Twitter.

Bearded bobsledders

The Canadian bobsled team’s earning some attention for their quintessentially Canadian adornments: big bushy beards. Christopher Sprint, the team’s driver, tweeted this photo from inside Canada Olympic House.

Curling

Canadian curler E.J. Harnden tweeted this practice shot featuring skipper Brad Jacobs.

Skeleton

Three Canadians are set to compete in the men’s luge qualifying round today. Skeleton athletes John Fairbairn and Sarah Reid tweeted these photo of their trek to the track.

Ski jumping

Atsuko Tanaka posted her finishing times saying she’s “feeling good” about her distance.

Happy birthday Manuel!

Manuel Paradis turned 30 today and his face was plastered around the athletes village, which might have been too cruel a reminder for the alpine skier.

Hard to keep turning 30 to myself with these posted around the athlete village. #sochi2014 #racedaytomorrow #canada #wearewinter #cbcolympics #cdnolympics #pumped #proud #old #oldmanstrength

Moral support

Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted his own support for the athletes, citing his well-worn appreciation for “pushing the edge of human capability.”

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Brains, demons and skulls: Canada’s skeleton team gets creative

Canada's John Fairbairn starts down the skeleton course on a training run. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Canada’s John Fairbairn starts down the skeleton course on a training run. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Skeleton slider John Fairbairn has a degree in mechanical engineering, and was given the moniker “Brains” after a track announcer mispronounced his name. “I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and so I’ve had a brain painted on my helmet.”

Eric Neilson, meanwhile, took a different approach with his demon head: “The helmet is on fire,” he said Wednesday.

“Unlike John, apparently I’m a complete idiot.”

Canada's Eric Neilson speeds down the skeleton course during training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Canada’s Eric Neilson speeds down the skeleton course during training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

“I think it’s one of the opportunities that we have in our sport to show our own personalities,” said Calgary slider Sarah Reid, who has painted a Day of the Dead image on hers with a girl and skulls.

Sarah Reid from Canada starts her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

Sarah Reid from Canada starts her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

Which helmet do you like the best? Tweet us your vote, @GlobeOlympics

– With a report from Alan Baldwin, Reuters

 

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