Olympics Today: Canada continues to rack up the medals


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In only their 22nd game ever played together, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won Olympic mixed doubles curling gold with a dominant victory over Switzerland, 10-3.

With the teams tied in the third end, Lawes threw a picture-perfect stone to score four, breaking the game wide open and giving Canada a commanding lead it would never surrender.

Lawes and Morris were nearly perfect in PyeongChang, winning eight straight after a tough loss to Norway in their opening game as they outscored opponents 64-24. That’s an impressive feat considering the pair were matched up moments before the Olympic trials began last month, practicing together for only half an hour before playing their first game.

It was a particularly special moment for Lawes, who is the first Canadian curler to win gold in consecutive Olympics after finishing first at Sochi in 2014 as a member of Jennifer Jones’ rink. Of course, Morris also has a gold on his resume, from the 2010 games in Vancouver when he was Kevin Martin’s third.

That wasn’t the end of the hardware given out to Canadians overnight. Calgary’s Alex Gough put in stellar efforts during the third and fourth runs of the women’s single luge to claim a bronze medal.

It was a long time coming for Canada, which had never won an Olympic medal in luge before, and Gough, who is competing in her fourth Olympics. Fellow Canadian Kimberley McRae finished fifth, less than a second off the podium, while 18-year-old Calgarian Brooke Apshkrum came in 13th.

And the Canadian medals continue, although this probably isn’t how Kim Boutin imagined reaching the podium. First, she crossed the finish line during her 500m quarterfinal heat on her rear end — in second place, thankfully — after a late collision.

Then, in the semifinal, a referee determined another skater impeded Boutin and sent her through. And finally, in the final, after Boutin finished a heartbreaking fourth, a photo finish for first place revealed one of the skaters had impeded another. That skater was disqualified, which bumped Boutin up to third, giving her a bronze medal and prompting this joyous reaction.

Not exactly how you draw it up. But, in this case, it’s about the destination rather than the journey. And if you were uncertain how razor thin the margin for error is in short track speed skating, take a look at the following moment from Marianne St-Gelais’ quarter final in the 500m.

A right hand just touching the back of the Italian skater in front of her; a left elbow grazing under the torso and forearm of the Dutch skater behind her. That was all it took for St-Gelais — a medal favourite — to be disqualified, as the Dutch skater wiped out on the …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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