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Four medals and more: what happened on (a busy) Day 14 in Sochi

Men’s hockey semi-final

Canada is going for gold after beating the U.S. 1-0 in a game that lived up to all the hope and hype. Team Canada plays Sweden on Sunday for all the marbles.

Gold and silver in women’s ski cross

Marielle Thompson took gold, Kelsey Serwa silver in a clear victory on the ski cross course.

Teammate Georgia Simmerling fell in her quarter-final and failed to advance.

Gold in men’s curling

Canada defeated Great Britain with a decisive 9-3 victory.

Canada arrived in Sochi as the favourites after winning gold in 2010 and 2006. They have never finished worse than silver since the sport returned to the Olympics in 1998.

Sweden took bronze with a 6-4 win over China.

Bronze in short-track speed skating

Men’s 500m: Charle Cournoyer wins bronze; Olivier Jean was eliminated in his quarter-final heat. Charles Hamelin, the defending Olympic champion, fell in an earlier heat and did not advance.

Women’s 1000m: Valerie Maltais falls in the semi-final and won’t have a shot at a medal;  Marie-Eve Drolet is out after quarter-final.

Men’s 5000m relay: Canada, the defending champions, did not qualify after falling in the semi-finals.

Alpine Skiing, Women’s Slalom

Quebec’s Marie-Michele Gagnon finished out of the medals. She has been battling a shoulder problem since falling in the Super Combined last week.

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Team Canada will play for gold after winning 1-0 over U.S.

Team Canada's celebrates their win over Team USA February 21, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Canada advances to the gold medal final on Sunday where they take on Sweden. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Team Canada’s celebrates their win over Team USA February 21, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Canada advances to the gold medal final on Sunday where they take on Sweden. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Get our full game story here. 

Canada put in an absolutely dominant defensive performance to advance to the gold medal game, frustrating and limiting the Americans top offensive players by keeping them mainly to the outside late in the game. At even strength, portions of the third period looked like a Canadian power play, as the team’s NHL superstars played keep away with the puck. Canada has now allowed just three goals in five games all tournament and will be the favourite in Sunday’s final against injury-ravaged Sweden.

In the second period, Canada’s pressure paid off early, with the U.S. blueline looking overmatched as a wide open Jamie Benn tipped in a Jay Bouwmeester shot for the game’s first goal. It was a good example of Canada’s edge in this game, with their depth giving the Americans a difficult time on both the fore-check and back-check. Overall, the second was close the rest of the way, setting up an incredible finish in the final 20 minutes.

The first period was played at an unbelievably high pace, with none of the trapping hockey Canada has run into previously in the tournament. After an even first 10 minutes, Canada had the better chances, but both goaltenders were excellent to keep the game scoreless after 20. Carey Price was in goal for Canada; Jonathan Quick for the U.S.

Now that Team Canada is headed to the gold-medal game, who’s getting up for 7 a.m. beers? In Toronto, bars have been given the green light to serve.

NBC is expecting record online viewership for this game, after nearly 800,000 people watched an Internet live stream of the United States’ 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Canadian coach Mike Babcock’s optimism going into the game paid off:

I’m pumped. We’re starting to look like a team and be like a team and you’re organized like a team and you feel comfortable because you’re not running around trying to do a million things. It’s great.

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Hockey fans get creative in cheering on Team Canada

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Canada, U.S. space agencies make tasty bet over men’s hockey game


Men’s hockey: Sweden beats Finland, will play Canada or U.S. for gold

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist seals off the edge of the goal as Finland forward Jarkko Immonen looks for a pass with Sweden defenseman Johnny Oduya. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist seals off the edge of the goal as Finland forward Jarkko Immonen looks for a pass with Sweden defenseman Johnny Oduya. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Score: 2-1

Sweden took the lead over Finland late in the second period of their semi-final match on a goal by Erik Karlsson. Midway through the period, Loui Eriksson scored for Sweden to tie the game.

Olli Jokinen scored earlier in the second period to give Finland a brief lead.

Sweden is ranked higher going into the Olympics, but has been plagued by injuries.

The winner of this match will face either Canada or the U.S. in the final on Sunday.


Like you’re surprised: The goal post is on Twitter

Yes, the goal post that stopped an empty-net shot by Team USA, and saved Canada’s women’s hockey team from a 3-1 fate has a Twitter account –  actually, multiple Twitter accounts.

Some tweets are funny:

Others, well..

In case you can’t get enough, the goal post that saved us has a decidedly simple website.

Read more about Canada’s historic gold medal win here





Oh, Canada! How Canadians celebrated gold in women’s hockey

With three minutes left in the third period, Canada down 2-0, Canadians across the country held their breath.  Then, magic: two dramatic goals tied the game, and with a game-winning goal from Poulin, Canada roared.

Here’s how you celebrated: (Tweet your photos and memories with #globeolympics)





Gold! Canada wins in dramatic OT, takes home fourth gold medal in women’s hockey

(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)


Canada has won 3-2 in a dramatic game against their rivals from the U.S, with two goals from Poulin, delivering Canada’s women’s hockey team its fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Once again, Marie-Philip Poulin has played the Olympic hero for Canada.

Just as she did four years ago for Gold at the Vancouver Olympics, she scored a pair of goals in Sochi to beat the U.S women’s hockey team, this time 3-2 in overtime, completing a thrilling Canadian comeback from down two goals in the third period.

The U.S., considered by many the favourite for Gold in Sochi, had a two goal lead in the third period, before Brianne Jenner of Oakville, Ont put Canada on the board in the third, and Quebec City’s Poulin followed with the tying goal before scoring the winner in the sudden-death overtime period.

See how Canadians celebrated across the country

The U.S team had a 2-0 lead with goals from Alex Carpenter and Meghan Duggan in the second and third period.

It’s the fourth straight Gold at the Olympics for the Canadian women’s hockey team. The U.S hadn’t won gold since the women’s game debuted at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Canada has won the past three Olympic gold medals. The U.S last took gold when the women’s game debuted at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.The United States were the favourites heading into the tournament, but lost to Canada earlier in the Games. Jayna Hefford and Hayley Wickenheiser have been with the Canadian team since women’s hockey made it’s Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998.

Team Canada took to Twitter after the games to celebrate:

Read the full story here

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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

Also watching

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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