Phenomenal day for Canada on day 2 of the Olympic Winter Games

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    Mark McMorris

    It was a phenomenal day for Canada on day 2 of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Team Canada came away with four medals—three silver medals and one bronze medal!

    Two of the medals came in slopestyle snowboarding. Max Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec and Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan both seemed to be rather conservative and it paid off as they won silver and bronze respectively behind the 17 year old American phenom Redmond Gerard. Parrot admitted that he played things rather safe instead of doing very difficult tricks because he thought the judges were awarding clean performances the most.

    Parrot saved his best performance for the third run and delivered by scoring 86 points. McMorris had 85.2 points and beat out reigning Olympic silver medalist Staale Sandbech of Germany by 4.19 points. It is the first time ever that two Canadian snowboarders have reached the Olympic podium at the same Olympic Winter Games.

    In the men’s 5000m speed skating, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary won the Olympic silver medal by the slimmest of margins. Just how small? Try two one thousandths of a second. Bloemen had a time of 6:11.616 while Sverre Lunde Pedersen had a time of 6:11.618. Even though it ended up being for silver, the battle between Bloemen and Pedersen was one of the most exciting matchups ever contested in a single pairing in speed skating in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won gold.

    Meanwhile in women’s moguls, Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal won her second career Olympic medal by winning silver. Dufour-Lapointe has not had the most consistent of seasons but delivered with a key performance when needed. The Olympic silver medal was even more impressive when you take into account that Justine’s mother had been battling cancer over the last year.

    Team Canada also maintained its lead in team figure skating after they got 10 points each from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in winning the ice dance short program and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in winning the pairs free skate.

    Canada also beat South Korea 7-3 in mixed doubles curling. They will now play Norway in the semifinals Sunday at 5pm. Do not forget Norway was the team that beat Canada to begin the tournament. Canada was also dominant in their 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia. That score could have been worse as Canada put immense amount of pressure on OAR in the first period, but could not score.

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