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What happened on Day 15 in Sochi

Finland forward Mikael Grandlund and USA forward David Backes face off to start the men's bronze medal game. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Finland forward Mikael Grandlund and USA forward David Backes face off to start the men’s bronze medal game. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Bronze for Finland in men’s hockey

It was a resounding victory for Finland, which beat the United States 5-0 in the bronze-medal men’s hockey game. Read the full story.

Canadian Olympic roundup:

1. Disappointing day for men’s four-man bobsleigh teams

It was a heartbreaking day for the third Canadian men’s bobsleigh team. Team members Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell walked away unhurt after their sled hit a wall and flipped onto its slide, skidding across the finish line for a last-place finish in the second heat. Canada 2 sits in 10th place going into Sunday’s final heats, and Canada 1 is tied for 13th place.

2. No medal in speedskating

Canada’s Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux vied for the bronze medal in team pursuit. After a strong start, Poland picked up speed on the final laps and won the race. Canada missed the podium by just a few seconds. Read the full story.

3. No medal in parallel slalom

Canada’s Caroline Calve was a favourite to earn a medal in the women’s parallel snowboard slalom but she failed to qualify after finishing 26th overall. Two other Canadians, Marianne Leeson and Ariane Lavigne, did not advance beyond the qualification round.

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Recap: Day 13 is golden for Canadian women in Sochi

Women’s hockey strikes gold

With just three minutes left in the third period, down 2-0, Canada’s women’s hockey team refused to give up. In a comeback made for the movies, two quick goals pushed the game to dramatic overtime. And the hero from Vancouver 2010, Canadian forward Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the only two goals against the U.S. four years ago, scored the game winning goal. The entire country went wild – and our Prime Minister won a case of beer.

Canada’s women’s hockey has now won gold in the last four Winter Olympics.

Gold in women’s curling

  • Canada beats Sweden 6-3. Read more.
  •  The women’s team skipped by Jennifer Jones is undefeated in Sochi.

The undefeated women’s curling team, skipped by Jennifer Jones, completed a historic, undefeated showing at Sochi, taking home the gold medal for Canada.

No medal in men’s ski cross

Canadian Brady Leman placed fourth after crashing in the final. Dave Duncan and Chris Del Bosco, who placed fourth in Vancouver, didn’t advance past the 1/8 finals, despite seeding 2nd and 6th.

No medal in women’s ski halfpipe

Rosalind Groenewoud qualified 5th in ski halfpipe, but fell on her first run in the finals. She came in third on the second run, but it wasn’t enough to medal: the longtime friend of Sarah Burke, the late freestyle ski pioneer, finished 7th.

Still, her finish was a commendable feat, considering she underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees just two months ago.

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Canada’s big moments from Day 12 in Sochi

Canada's pilot Kaillie Humphries (front) and Heather Moyse start a run in the women's bobsleigh event. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters).

Canada’s pilot Kaillie Humphries (front) and Heather Moyse start a run in the women’s bobsleigh event. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters).

Gold medal  in bobsleigh

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse defend their gold from Vancouver with a come-from-behind victory in the final run.

Canada out early in snowboard parallel giant slalom

  • Canadians Jasey Jay Anderson and Matthew Morison were eliminated early.
  • On the women’s side, Marianne Leeson, Caroline Calve and Ariane Lavigne were all eliminated in the quarter-finals

Anderson was the defending gold medalist, and is competing in his fifth Olympics.

No medals in men’s cross-country

  • Canada did not make the final in either men’s or women’s team sprint classic

Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw made history for Canada in the men’s event at 2011 World Championships, becoming first Canadians ever to win gold.

Quarter-finals in men’s hockey

  • Canada defeated Latvia 2-1 with a late third-period goal.
  • U.S. beat the Czech Republic 5-2, and will play Canada in the semi-final
  • Finland upset Russia 3-1, and will face Sweden in the other semi-final

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The women’s curling team will play for gold after a 6-4 win over Great Britain in the semi-finals. Jennifer Jones’s team is undefeated so far in Sochi.

Meanwhile, the men’s curling team has a lead over China.

Canada finished out of the medals in the men’s giant slalom.

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Canada out early in snowboard parallel giant slalom

Canadian snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

All six Canadians entered in the Olympic parallel giant slalom snowboard competition were eliminated Wednesday, including defending men’s gold medalist Jasey Jay Anderson.

Anderson, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., and Matt Morison of Burketon, Ont., made it through qualifying but were eliminated in the next round. The third Canadian in the men’s race, Michael Lambert of Toronto, failed to made it through qualifying.

Three Canadian women failed to get past the quarter-finals after advancing through the first two stages. Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., was a strong fifth in the qualifying round, Caroline Calve of Aylmer, Que., was eighth and Ariane Lavigne of Lac Superieur, Que., was 14th.

Calve was a medal hope in this event, having won a World Cup race this season.

– The Canadian Press

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Recap: What happened on Day 11 in Sochi

Canada's second placed Mike Riddle reacts during the men's freestyle skiing halfpipe finals. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Canada’s second placed Mike Riddle reacts during the men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe finals. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Silver in men’s ski halfpipe

Canada’s Mike Riddle earned silver in the ski halfpipe after earning 90.6 on his second run. Canadian Justin Dorey, also a medal hopeful, finished first in the qualification round but fell on both of his runs in the finals, placing lsat. Noah Bowman also qualified and finished fifth.

Silver in women’s short track

Marianne St Gelais, Valerie Maltais, Jessica Hewitt and Marie Eve Drolet took silver in the 3000-metre short-track relay. Read the full story.

No medal in men’s snowboard cross

Canada placed out of the medals with the best finish coming from Kevin Hill in eighth.

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The Dutch swept the men’s 10,000m speed skating event, bring their medal count to 20 — all of them from speed skating. No Canadians competed in the event.

Defending gold medalist Charles Hamelin fell in his 500m short-track heat, amid questions around the quality of the track ice. Canadians Charlie Cournoyer and Olivier Jean advance to quarter-finals on Friday.

Charles Hamelin of Canada crashes in his 500m heat. (David J. Phillip/The Associated Press)

Charles Hamelin of Canada crashes in his 500m heat. (David J. Phillip/The Associated Press)

In the women’s 1000m, Marianne St-Gelais fell as well and won’t advance. Valerie Maltais and Marie-Eve Drolet will represent Canada in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The qualification hockey game between Switzerland and Latvia will determine who faces Canada in the quarter-final. Starts at noon ET.

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Recap: What happened on Day 10 in Sochi

Canadian ice dance partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir make their way to the podium after winning sliver. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian ice dance partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir make their way to the podium after winning sliver. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Silver medal in ice dance

Defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the silver medal in ice dance. The pair briefly set a world record with their score until their chief rivals, U.S. team Meryl Davis and Charlie White, beat the record to take gold. Virtue and Moir have indicated that this will be their final skate at the Olympics. Read the full story.

No medal for Canada in the two-man bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett (Canada 3) were hoping for a podium finish but had a few bumps on their final run and finished in sixth place. Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden (Canada 2) were just behind in seventh, while Lyndon Rush and Lascelles Brown (Canada 1) finished ninth.

Women’s hockey team to face U.S. for gold

Canada beat Switzerland 3-1 in a semi-final match and will now face the U.S. team in the gold medal game.

Gerrits places eighth in aerials

Canada’s Travis Gerrits was the only Canadian to qualify for this event and finished in seventh place. He was considered a possible medalist in the event on the strength of his first-place finish at one of the recent World Cup events.

Men’s snowboard cross delayed due to fog

In 2013, Chris Robanske became the first Canadian male to win a World Cup gold in snowboard cross since 2007. Robert Fagan, Kevin Hill and Jake Holden will also compete. (Seeding races cancelled due to thick fog; Elimination race was delayed but will start at 1:30 a.m. ET)

Gondolas are shrouded in fog as they travel to the Laura Cross-country Ski and biathlon venues during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Gondolas are shrouded in fog as they travel to the Laura Cross-country Ski and biathlon venues during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Watch our quick conversation with reporter Eric Reguly, who speculates on where Canada’s next medals might come from.

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Fog causes havoc in Sochi, snowboard cross postponed

Problematic weather has been a theme at the Winter Games this year, with a thick blanket of fog causing the latest hiccup. As the Globe’s Paul Waldie reports, visibility is so poor on Monday that organizers were forced to postpone men’s biathlon (again) and cancel the seeding round of the men’s snowboard cross.

But the poor weather makes for some stunning images.

Canadian skiier Phil Brown posted this photo from above the fog:

Above the fog in the early morning. Training was tough but this view makes up for it. #sochi2014 #Canada @twphilp

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Day 9 recap: Two medals won, Virtue and Moir sit second in ice dance

Canada's bronze medalist Jan Hudec, left, and silver medalist Dominique Maltais. (Reuters; Composite by the Globe and Mail)

Canada’s bronze medalist Jan Hudec, left, and silver medalist Dominique Maltais. (Reuters; Composite by the Globe and Mail)

Silver medal in the women’s snowboard cross

Canadian Dominque Maltais won a silver medal in the women’s snowboard cross. Her teammate Maëlle Ricker fell during the quarterfinals and did not advance.

Bronze for Hudec in men’s Super G

Canadian Jan Hudec won a bronze medal in the men’s Super G event. In a nod to the Vancouver Olympics, Hudec buried a “lucky loonie” in the finish line before competing.

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir during their ice dance short performance on Feb. 16, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir during their ice dance short performance on Feb. 16, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Ice dance: Short program

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir competed today in the ice dance short program, taking an early lead after their skate with a score of 76.33. The pair won gold in 2010 and are ranked second internationally this year. On the last dance of the night, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White took the lead with a score of 78.89. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are in seventh. Medals will be awarded Monday after the free dance.

Men’s hockey: Canada beats Finland to secure third seed

Canadian defenceman Drew Doughty is on fire in this tournament. He scored his fourth goal of the Olympics and second of the game to lead Canada to a 2-1 overtime win over Finland today. Full story here.

Bobsleigh: Two-man heats

Over at the Sanki Sliding Centre, Canada’s three bobsleigh duos began their event with today’s first two heats. Each team turned in strong performances to land in the top 10 heading into the event’s conclusion tomorrow. Canada 3, pilot Justin Kripps and brakeman Bryan Barnett, sit 4th after two runs.

Nesbitt finishes off the podium in speed skating

Canada’s Christine Nesbitt finished outside of medal contention in the women’s 1,500m long track event.A gold medalist in Vancouver, Nesbitt had hopes of snagging a podium position in the distance. She may yet capture a medal in the team pursuit.

Curling

The curling round robin continued today, where Jennifer Jones’s team increased their record to 8-0 record after a challenging match against the U.S. that went into extra ends. The women’s team is the only undefeated team in either men’s or women’s tournaments and have already qualified for the semifinals.

The men’s curling team beat China 9-8 in extra ends after winning their earlier game against the U.S. by a score of 8-6.

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Medal moments for three Canadians

Canada's Denny Morrison holds up his two medals following the medal ceremony for the 1,500-metre speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 16, 2014. Morrison won bronze in the 1,500-metre and silver in the 1,000-metre race. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada’s Denny Morrison holds up his two medals following the medal ceremony for the 1,500-metre speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics Feb. 16, 2014. Morrison won bronze in the 1,500-metre and silver in the 1,000-metre race. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canadian Jan Hudec holds up his bronze medal for the super-G alpine skiing event after the medal ceremony at Olympic Park on Feb. 16, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian Jan Hudec holds up his bronze medal for the super-G alpine skiing event after the medal ceremony at Olympic Park on Feb. 16, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canada's Dominique Maltais holds up the silver medal she won in snowboard-cross during the medal ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 16, 2014. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada’s Dominique Maltais holds up the silver medal she won in snowboard-cross during the medal ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 16, 2014. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

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Lambert a rare voice calling attention to real Sochi problems

With this post to his Instagram account, Toronto snowboarder Michael Lambert touched a nerve over the weekend. His message taking Sochi organizers to task for environmental violations in particular caught the attention of at least one reporter and fellow Olympian Simon Whitfield.

The full text of his caption, posted with a photo of Lambert and a few of his teammates answering questions at a news conference, reads like this:

We’ve arrived.. Question is. Do I smile and nod or talk about the truth. No recycling of any kind in the village. Construction quality so poor that windows are cracking, river systems being destroyed, fleets of trucks idling for no reason, a plume of exhaust streaming from the Olympic flame. The furthest thing away from sustainability one could ever imagine. 80% of what is built here will never be used again. Best question of the day. “People say this is the “perfect games” what do you think about that”….. #roadtohapiness

And here’s some reaction to his words:

 

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