It was a magical day for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Canada came away with two gold medals and an inspiring silver medal that could be talked about for years to come.
The gold medal in the team figure skating competition was expected heading into today. Team Canada had a very healthy lead on their two biggest rivals, the Olympic Athletes from Russia and the United States. On Sunday evening (Monday morning in Pyeongchang), Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario skated with elegance and artistry, and did better with this jumps than he did in the short program of the team competition (except for the triple axel that continues to give him trouble). Meanwhile, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario easily won the ice dance long program and Gabrielle Daleman of Toronto, Ontario showed the world that she has made improvements since making a coaching change and having the legendary Brian Orser in her corner. Daleman finished an important third which clinched Canada’s first gold medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
The bottom line is the gold medal for Canada in the team competition is a huge deal. It demonstrates the remarkable depth within Skate Canada. Unfortunately many of the skaters who stood on top of the podium will see their career come to an end. Virtue and Moir along with pairs stars Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Chan might not even compete at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan. The good news is all three have one more significant competition at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang they will compete in.
What can you say about Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathes-des-Monts, Quebec? Known by many as simply the “King”, Kingsbury came up huge when he needed to and delivered a winning score of 86.63 points to beat the cocky Matt Graham of Australia by 4.06 points. According to the CBC, Graham went on record to say that Kingsbury was beatable. Just not on this day. There is no doubt that Kingsbury will be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame within the next decade.
In women’s slopestyle snowboarding, Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Quebec won the Olympic silver medal overcoming some adversity. Blouin suffered a nasty fall in training a few days ago, but competed and won the Olympic silver medal with a black eye. It was Canada’s third snowboarding medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. It should be noted that American Olympic slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson also has a Canadian connection. Her boyfriend is Canadian snowboarder Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ontario.
Meanwhile after a slow start in their semi-final game against Norway in mixed doubles curling, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris were excellent in the fifth and seventh ends, and won 8-4. They will now play Switzerland in the gold medal game on Tuesday morning. Switzerland beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 7-5 in the other semi-final.