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Silver medal for Maltais in women’s snowboard cross

Silver medalist Dominique Maltais of Canada celebrates after taking the silver medal in women's snowboard cross. (Andy Wong/AP)

Silver medalist Dominique Maltais of Canada celebrates after taking the silver medal in women’s snowboard cross. (Andy Wong/AP)

 

Canada's Dominique Maltais, left, celebrates her silver medal win with gold medalist Eva Samkova of Czech Republic, centre, and Chloe Trespeuch of France. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Canada’s Dominique Maltais, left, celebrates her silver medal win with gold medalist Eva Samkova of Czech Republic, centre, and Chloe Trespeuch of France. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Canadian Dominque Maltais won a silver medal today in the women’s snowboard cross, becoming the first woman to win two medals in the event.

On a madcap day that saw crashes so hard one American had to be taken away on a stretcher, Maltais managed to avoid enough trouble and stay on her feet to claim the silver medal. Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic took gold while Chloe Trespeuch of France finished in third.

It looked like Maltais wouldn’t even make the final. She was fighting for third place in the semi-final but managed to the gap just as Australia’s Belle Brockhoff fell right beside her. The Canadian stayed on her board and seconds later the leader in the race, Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States, wiped out in front of her as well.

“I knew Lindsey was going really high in those turns. And I was going for the inside line. I had no option, I had to go for it,” she said afterward. “That’s snowboard cross. Today one of my goals was to have no regrets.”

Read the full story.

Her teammate Maëlle Ricker fell during the quarterfinals and did not advance. Ricker was the defending Olympic champion and entered the event with high expectations despite surgery in January for a wrist injury.

Athlete reaction

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The “lucky loonie” makes a comeback: Canada’s Jan Hudec wins bronze in Super-G

Canada's Jan Hudec holds the "lucky loonie" he embedded in the snow near the Super G finish line. (Eric Reguly/The Globe and Mail)

Canada’s Jan Hudec holds the “lucky loonie” he embedded in the snow near the Super-G finish line. (Eric Reguly/The Globe and Mail)

Canada’s 20-year medal drought in alpine skiing is over after Jan Hudec won a bronze medal in the men’s Super-G, tied with American Bode Miller.

After he finished third, Hudec, 32, sent a colleague to the finish line to dig up a loonie that had buried in the snow.

Beaming, while explaining to the foreign press that a loonie was a Canadian one-dollar coin, he said  “Yesterday, after the second warm-up run, I went to the finish and buried a loonie on the finish line and figured it was good luck…It’ll be worth more than a dollar now.”

Follow the story here.

Could it be the luck of the loonie? Earlier this weekend, the Calgary athlete tweeted this:

If you look carefully below, just underneath the red padding, you’ll spot the loonie buried just under the snow.

Burried a loonie on the finish Line today. C/O Kerin lee Gartner and @gartnermax #canadaproud #wearewinter @cdnolympicteam

Athlete reactions

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Denny Morrison wins bronze medal in men’s 1,500m

Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison celebrates his time during the men's 1500m race. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison celebrates his time during the men’s 1,500m race. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Denny Morrison earned a bronze medal today in the men’s 1,500m long track speed skating event. Morrison was a medal favourite heading into the event, projected to win silver, but was edged into third on the last race after Koen Verweij of the Netherlands finished just 0.003 seconds behind gold medalist Zbigniew Brodka of Poland.

Canadians Lukas Makowsky, Vince De Haitre and Mathieu Giroux also raced but finished out of medal contention.

Read the full story.

Morrison won a silver medal in the 1,000m after teammate Gilmore Junio forfeited his spot to Morrison, who was thought to have a better chance at winning. Junio spoke to The Globe about why he gave his spot away.

Athlete reaction

Fellow speedskater Gilmore Junio tweeted his support with the hashtag #dennyforflagbearer. There is a competing campaign underway to name Junio as Canada’s flagbearer. (The Globe’s editorial board thinks he should, too.)

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Patrick Chan wins silver in men’s figure skating

Patrick Chan after his silver-medal winning skate. John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Patrick Chan after his silver-medal winning skate. John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Patrick Chan finished with a score of 178.10, earning  silver medal.

His Japanese rival Yuzuru Hanyu beat him with a score of 178.64.

Chan was hoping to become the first Canadian male to win a gold medal in figure skating.

Read the full story here. 

Canadian Kevin Reynolds also skated in the event and finished 15th.


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Canada’s Denny Morrison wins silver in 1,000-metre long-track speed skating

Canada's Denny Morrison during the men's 1,000 metre speed-skating race. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Canada’s Denny Morrison during the men’s 1,000 metre speed-skating race. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Denny Morrison took silver in the 1000m long-track speed-skating race, with a time of 1:08.43.

Morrison wasn’t supposed to skate in this event after falling during qualifications in Canada, but teammate Gilmore Junio gave up his spot.

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Canadians Dara Howell, Kim Lamarre take gold and bronze in women’s ski slopestyle

Canadain freestyle skier Dara Howell celebrates her slopestyle win. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canadian freestyle skier Dara Howell celebrates her slopestyle win. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ont., wins gold for Canada in women’s ski slopestyle.

  • Howell scored 94.20 on her first run, and finished nine points ahead of her nearest competitor
  • Kim Lamarre took bronze with a score of 85.00 on her second run
  • Yuki Tsubota scored 71.64 on her first run, and took fifth. She suffered a major crash on her second run
  • Medal hope Kaya Turski failed to make it through to the final, but tweeted congratulations to her teammate
  • Read the full story.

Howell describes her love of big air:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4y8Qsv8gt0

Canada’s freestyle supremacy

This win gives Canada six medals in freestyle skiing, after double-medal wins in both men’s and women’s moguls.

The reaction

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Canada wins gold and silver in men’s moguls

Canada's Alex Bilodeau competes during the men's freestyle skiing moguls competition. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Canada’s Alex Bilodeau competes during the men’s freestyle skiing moguls competition. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Alexandre Bilodeau earned his second consecutive gold medal in men’s moguls, while teammate Mikael Kingsbury took home the silver.

The double win puts Canada in first place in the overall medal standings.

This is Bilodeau’s second gold medal after winning the event in Vancouver. Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev earned the bronze.

Read the full story.

Congratulations

Fellow Canadian Olympians congratulated the pair immediately following the game.

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Charles Hamelin wins gold in 1500m short-track speed skating

Canada's Charles Hamelin celebrates winning the men's 1500m short-track speed skating race (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Canada’s Charles Hamelin celebrates winning the men’s 1500m short-track speed skating race (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Canadian Charles Hamelin has won his first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games.

The Canadian speed skater took first place 1,500-metre short track race, with a time of 2:14.985. That was enough to edge out China’s Tianu Han (2:15.055) who won silver, and Russia’s Victor An (2:15.062), who took bronze. Read the full story.

Canadians Francois Hamelin and Michael Gilday were eliminated in the semi-finals.

The kiss

Hamelin and long-time girlfriend Marianne St. Gelais became a hit couple in the 2010 games after a video of her cheering his gold medal win went viral.

Here they are again today:

Charles Hamelin of Canada, right, embraces Marianne St. Gelais. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

Charles Hamelin of Canada, right, embraces Marianne St. Gelais. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

The reaction

Canadian skater Matthew Giroux offers some praise for his teammate:

And some fans from the summer Olympic team:

https://twitter.com/Speedskater01/status/432851415275274240

The Globe’s Grant Robertson suggests that Hamelin could become the most successful Canadian Olympic athlete ever. We also take a look at the secret science behind the speed-skating uniforms.

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Canada wins silver in team figure skating

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Canada won a silver medal in team figure skating after a strong performance in the men’s and women’s events (Story here).

Kevin Reynolds and Kaetlyn Osmond gave Canada enough points to keep their second-place spot in the rankings, and the ice-dancing duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir maintained Canada’s position. The above graphic shows where Canada ended up. 

Team skating is a new Olympic sport involving several events, from long and short programs, to pairs and ice dancing, to free skates. Teams earn points with each skate, with the final tally determining who earns a medal. More on how this new sport works here.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, ice dancing skate

The judges gave the 2010 gold medal-winners no deductions, and a technical score of 50.37 and a presentation score of 57.19, was good for second in their portion of the team skate, keeping Canada locked into the silver  position. “We got smoked today,” Moir said. “Not even close.”

Kaetlyn Osmond, women’s skate

Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmand fell once during her solo performance,  earning a score of 110.73, putting her in last place for her event.

 

Kevin Reynolds, centre, reacts in the results area after competing in the men's team free skate. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Kevin Reynolds, centre, reacts in the results area after competing in the men’s team free skate. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Kevin Reynolds, men’s skate

Reynolds landed a quad Salchow and quad toe combination but fell on a triple-Axel. His performance earned him a second-place spot in the event, boosting Canada’s overall team score to 50, ahead of the U.S. at 41,  Japan at 38 and Italy at 37.

Russian figure skating veteran Evgeny Plyushchenko stunned the audience from his home country. Though the performance wasn’t perfect, but he scored the most points in the event, boosting Russia’s team score to 57.

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Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe win gold, silver in women’s moguls

In a Canadian first, sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took home the gold and silver medals, respectively, in women’s moguls on Day 1 of the Sochi Games.

Justine finished with a score of 22.44 while Chloe had 21.66 points. Defending champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S. was third at 21.49.

A third Dufour-Lapoint sister, Maxime, failed to make the final along with Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City.

Read more here.

Canada's Chloe Dufour-Lapointe competes in the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014.        REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Canada’s Chloe Dufour-Lapointe competes in the women’s freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014.         REUTERS/Mike Blake

Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe performs a jump during the women’s freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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