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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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Women’s curling team beats U.S. in extra ends, remains undefeated

Canada's second Jill Officer (back L) watches as vice Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen (R) sweep ahead of a stone during their women's curling round robin game against the U.S. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

Canada’s second Jill Officer (back L) watches as vice Kaitlyn Lawes and lead Dawn McEwen (R) sweep ahead of a stone during their women’s curling round robin game against the U.S. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

Canada’s women’s curling team faced their toughest challenge yet in Sochi but eked out a win on their last rock, beating the U.S. team 7-6 in the 11th end. The U.S. team placed their final stone outside the button giving Canada’s skipper Jennifer Jones the chance to score.

The team remains undefeated at Sochi and will finish the qualifying round robin with a match against Korea tomorrow at noon ET. The Canadians and Swedes are the only two teams qualify for the playoffs so far.

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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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Photos: Team Canada spotted at the curling arena

After being ordered to take a mandatory respite from the ice, members of Team Canada headed to the curling club to support Brad Jacobs and the men’s curling team. Clad in a Canadian garb from head to toe, the Canadians (including centre Jonathan Toews in curling hat), cheered on the team to a 7-5 win over Great Britain. See more photos on Canada.com.

Team Canada watches a curling match in Sochi. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Team Canada watches a curling match in Sochi. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

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Women’s curling team remains undefeated Sochi

Canada's skip Jennifer Jones (right) shouts down the sheet as Japan's Michiko Tomabechi (left) and Kaho Onodera look on. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones (right) shouts down the sheet as Japan’s Michiko Tomabechi (left) and Kaho Onodera look on. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Canada’s women’s curling team, skipped by Jennifer Jones, trounced the team from Japan 8-6 and Russia 5-3 on Saturday to bring their record to a stunning 7-0. They are the only curling team in either men’s or women’s competitions to remain undefeated. Here is their record so far:

  • China: 9-2
  • Denmark: 8-5
  • Great Britain: 9-6
  • Japan: 8-6
  • Switzerland: 8-5
  • Sweden: 9-3
  • Russia: 5-3
  • U.S.: Feb. 16
  • Korea: Feb. 17

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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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Norway curlers’ incredible pants not enough to defeat sensible Canadians

Curling is awesome. We know this.

Canada’s curling squad is also doing pretty awesome job after some early wobbles, today the men played their way back into semi-final contention by beating one of the top rinks in the Games: Norway.

Team Canada skip Brad Jacobs looks over the shoulder of Team Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud during round robin competition against Norway at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Team Canada skip Brad Jacobs looks over the shoulder of Team Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud during round robin competition against Norway at the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

“It was huge,” said Canadian skip Brad Jacobs, dressed in sensible black togs. “You always like to beat those guys because they’re a great team. They’re one of the toughest teams here. They throw the rock really well and to kind of bring them back to where we are, I think is huge.”

What’s also huge about Norway is their pants. A social media sensation, the Norwegians have the loudest pants in this, or perhaps any other, curling tournament. Let’s zoom in on the detail of today’s outfit:

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Adrian Wyld/CP

Those are some nice flowers, and for Valentine’s Day! Even the famous tweeter @Darth couldn’t resist commenting on the pants:

We know fashion had nothing to do with today’s win for Canada, but if you believe in jinxes maybe Norway should have worn the lightning pattern?

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud watches his shot as teammates Haavard Vad Petersson and Christoffer Svae sweep during their men's curling round robin game against China in the Ice Cube Curling Centre at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Norway’s skip Thomas Ulsrud watches his shot as teammates Haavard Vad Petersson and Christoffer Svae sweep during their men’s curling round robin game against China in the Ice Cube Curling Centre at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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Women’s curling team downs Denmark 8-5 to remain perfect in Olympic round robin

Canada's skip Jennifer Jones watches her shot during their women's curling round robin game against Denmark at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Ice Cube Curling Center February 13, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Ints Kalnins)

Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones watches her shot during their women’s curling round robin game against Denmark at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Ice Cube Curling Center February 13, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Ints Kalnins)

The Canadian women’s curling team improved its record to 4-0 in the round-robin portion of the Sochi Winter Olympics with an 8-5 victory over Denmark on Thursday.

Skipped by Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, Canada scored three points in the ninth end to pull away with the win.

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