Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Canada celebrated a couple of gold-medal performances Tuesday in South Korea, one by a first-time Olympian and the other from two ice dancers ending their career as the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic Winter Games history.

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Three-time world champions Tessa Virtue, 28, and Scott Moir, 30, put a bow on their illustrious 20-year partnership, responding to a terrific free program by Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron to score 122.40 points for a world-best combined score of 206.07 and their fifth-career Olympic medal.

Virtue and Moir, who helped Canada to victory earlier at these Games in the team event, won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a pair of silver medals four years later in Sochi, Russia.

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Teammates Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje placed seventh, one spot ahead of fellow Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.

Freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe, 25, is the first Canadian woman to medal in halfpipe at the Olympics after she scored 95.80  to top the field at a sun-drenched Phoenix Snow Park. Teammate Rosalind Groenewoud finished 10th.

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The 19 medals won by Canada is its fourth-best total in Olympic Winter Games history, surpassing the 17 earned at Salt Lake City in 2002, and good for third overall in Pyeongchang. Norway leads with 28 followed by Germany (23).

Here's how other Canadians fared on Tuesday:

Short track speed skating

For the first time, Canada will leave the Olympic Winter Games without a medal in the 3,000-metre relay after Kim Boutin, who wasn't racing at the time, was deemed to have impeded the Chinese and South Korean teams as they crossed the finish line, leading to a disqualification.

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Maltais, St-Gelais and Boutin all advanced through their heats in the women's 1,000 to Thursday's quarter-finals. The 23-year-old Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., already has bronze medals from two other distances at these Games, in the 500 and 1,500.

Meanwhile Sam Girard, who won gold earlier at these Games in the 1,000, easily advanced to the men's 500 quarter-final. Teammate Charles Hamelin, though, was penalized and subsequently eliminated in what was the last individual race of his decorated Olympic career.


Two-time defending Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and brakeman Phylicia George are fifth in the field of 20 after the first two runs of the women's event with a combined time of one minute, 41.60 seconds. Humphries of Calgary is trying to become the first bobsledder, male or female, to win Olympic gold three times in the same event.

Canada's two other entries are in the top 10 at Alpensia Sliding Centre: Alysia Rissling and Heather Moyse in seventh spot (1:41.76) while Christine de Bruin and Melissa Lotholz are eighth (1:41.85).

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Men's curling

Calgary skip Kevin Koe halted a three-game skid with an 8-4 victory over Japan. Leading 6-4 after seven ends, he scored single points in the eighth and ninth ends, forcing Japanese skip Yusuke Morozumi to shake hands early in the scheduled 10-end match at Gangneung Curling Centre.

At 5-3, Canada is in a three-way for second place with Switzerland and Great Britain behind 7-1 Sweden. Koe will conclude round-robin play against Denmark on Wednesday at 12 a.m. ET.

Women's curling

Ottawa skip Rachel Homan (3-4) must win her remaining games against Great Britain and Olympic Athletes from Russia to play a tiebreaker and remain in medal contention following a 7-5 loss to China. Trailing 5-4, Homan set up for a steal of two in the eighth end but her final draw missed, allowing Japan to score one for a two-point advantage.

A Canadian rink has never finished out of the medals in men's or women's curling since it returned to the Winter Olympics in 1998 at Nagano, Japan.

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Men's freestyle skiing

Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Calgary's Noah Bowman qualified seventh and ninth, respectively, for Wednesday's 12-man halfpipe final at 9:30 p.m. ET. Teammate Simon d'Artois was 13th in the field of 27.


The Canadian foursome of Rosanna Crawford, Julia Ransom, Brendan Green and Christian Gow placed 12th among 20 mixed relay teams in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 11 seconds.