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Winter Olympics Day 11 Highlights

CBC Sports:

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their way to gold with an historic performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are the second pair to win two ice dance titles, joining Russia’s Pasha Grishuk and Evgeniy Platov, who earned back-to-back gold medals in 1994 and 1998. Virtue and Moir tied a figure skating ice dance world-record, total score of 206.07, with three Olympic golds, including last week’s Canada win in the team event.

Papadakis/Cizeron (FRA) are in second place with silver and Shiutani/Shibutani (USA) in third with bronze.

Canadian skier Cassie Sharpe, who suffered a broken thumb in her final pre-Olympic competition in late January, put down incredible runs in the halfpipe for top place with a score of 95.80. France’s Marie Martinod won silver.

Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin, Valérie Maltais and Kasandra Bradette missed out on what appeared to be a guaranteed medal in the 3,000-metre relay final after being penalized.

Homan and the women’s curling team lost 7-5 to China and must win their final two games to qualify for the playoffs. Men’s curling team defeated Japan 8-4.

Korea bows out of men’s hockey with tears and cheers as Finland edges them to set up a meeting with Canada. The United States beat Slovakia.

Canada’s sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win Olympic ice dance gold

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their fifth Olympic medal by taking gold in the ice dance competition.

Here is Tessa and Scott’s short program from Monday, February 19.

CBC Sports:

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir set a new record for the short dance on Monday, February 19 at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Dancing to Samba, Rhumba, Cha Cha, they scored 44.53 on their technical elements:

1 Not Touching Midline Step Sequence 4 (11.90)
2 Rhumba 1st Seq 4 (6.37)
3 Pattern Dance Type Step Sequence 4 (11.74)
4 Synchronized Twizzles 4 (8.31)
5 Rotational Lift 4 (6.21)

Their factored components score was 39.14:
Skating Skills (9.68)
Transitions (9.61)
Performance (9.93)
Composition (9.79)
Interpretation of the Music/Timing (9.93)


The next night was Tessa and Scott’s last Olympic skate. Canada’s flag-bearers defeated their rivals from France by less than a point. They later said that prior to their performance they had no idea the French team had just set a world record in their skate.

CBC Sport:

A golden day for legendary Canadian Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who set another world record in figure skating free dance with a total score of 206.07 at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Virtue and Moir received a career-best score of 122.40 for their historic free dance, performing to Moulin Rouge version of Roxanne and reached the podium with their second gold and a third Olympic medal.

They are the second pair in the world to have won back-to-back Olympic gold, joining Russia’s Pasha Grishuk and Evgeni Platov, who earned theirs in 1994 and 1998.


Here is an interviewed of the two by CBC’s Heather Hiscox after receiving their gold medals.

CBC News:

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have won ice dance gold after an overall record-breaking performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics. They spoke with the CBC’s Heather Hiscox about their big win in Pyeongchang.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 9 Highlights

CBC Sports:

Day 9 of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea saw Canadian freestyle skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand land on the podium with a score of 92.40 and a bronze in the men’s ski slopestyle final. Norway’s Braaten Oystein took gold with the top score of 95.00, followed by American Nick Goepper who earned silver with a score of 93.60.

Canada secured a spot in the quarter-finals after a 4-0 win over South Korea in men’s hockey but in curling Sweden stole a win over Canada 5-2. Women’s curling team turned things around with a 10-18 victory over Switzerland.

Europeans stole the show on the mountain and plains as Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher became the second athlete to earn two individual golds in Pyeongchang after winning the men’s giant slalom. Hirscher who also won the men’s alpine combined and biathlete Laura Dahlmeier are the only Olympians so far to have done so. Hirscher has a shot at more.

Oleksandr Abramenko won gold in freestyle skiing aerials while Olivier Rochon, the only Canadian to reach the men’s aerials finals, finished fifth and did not make it to the podium. The men’s team pursuit speed skaters failed to advance to the semis. On the women’s side, Marsha Hudey was 10th and Heather McLean finished 14th in the women’s 500-metre finals while Nao Kodaira of Japan took the top spot followed by Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR) in second and Karolina Erbanova (CZE) in third.

Norway won their 11th cross-country medal and 5th gold in the men’s 4×10-kilometre relay while Canada, competing without Alex Harvey after he dropped out of the event, finished ninth.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 8 Highlights

From CBC Sports:

Canada’s short track skaters had a great day 8 at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Samuel Girard won Canada’s first short track gold at his first Olympics in the men’s 1000 m final and becomes the first North American skater to win gold at this distance. Veteran Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin missed the final after being assessed a penalty in the semifinal. On the women’s side, Kim Boutin who was the target of online threats from Korean supporters after her first bronze, captured another one winning Canada’s first-ever medal in the 1500 m.

Canada’s Patrick Chan finished 9th in his final Olympic figure skating appearance with 173.42 points skating to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah, while Keegan Messing placed 12th as he skated to Medley, another Charlie Chaplin number, and scored 170.32, his new season’s best by about 9 points. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan however won back-to-back at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games as he defended his Olympic title in the men’s free skate with another powerful performance to Seimei (soundtrack) by S. Umebayashi.

In the men’s hockey, 3-2 in a shootout and in the women’s, Finland beat Sweden to move on to the semifinals.

In women’s curling Rachel Homan ended her losing skid and rebounded in a big way against the United States leading Canada to a dominant 11-3 victory while Kevin Koe’s Canadian rink lost its first game.

More gold for Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold who she set a new record in women’s skeleton and won by a huge margin, Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin in freestyle skiing slopestyle, and Poland’s Kamil Stock in men’s in ski jumping large hill.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 3 Highlights

With seven medals at the end of the the third day of competition, Team Canada is on pace for its best-ever Winter Games.

Canada’s Winter Olympians added two gold medals and one silver to their medal haul in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Monday, February 12, at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

At the top of the podium are Mikael Kingsbury with gold in men’s moguls, Team Canada in figure skating including Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Gabrielle Daleman, and Laurie Blouin with silver in the women’s snowboard slopestyle.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 2 Hightlights

From CBC Sports:

Snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, and speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen win Canada’s first medals. Meanwhile, pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford strengthen Canada’s position in the team figure skating event and freestyle skier Justine Dufour-Lapointe wins silver.

Video: Winter Olympics Day 1 Hightlights

From CBC Sports:

First medals were awarded in cross-country skiing and biathlon in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday, the first day of competition after the opening ceremony. Canada came close in men’s short track speed skating and women’s speed skating, and qualified fourth in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event.

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