Canada won three more Olympic medals on Tuesday. All three medals occurred within a span of an hour this morning (between 4:15am to 5:15 am PT) and will go down as one of the most remarkable periods of time in Canadian sports history.
In the first ever Olympic mixed doubles luge gold medal game, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris of Winnipeg, Manitoba clobbered Switzerland 10-3. The turning point occurred in the third end. That’s when Martin Rios of Switzerland completely flashed on a takeout attempt. Canada would end up scoring four points to take a commanding 6-2 lead. After Switzerland scored one point in the fourth end, Canada had back-to-back deuces in the fifth and sixth ends.
The duo of Morris and Lawes seemed to be outstanding. They got off to a rough start to the week in losing 9-6 to Norway in the round robin and then Lawes struggled in the first half of the game against Norway in the semi-final. However, other than that, it was Canada that made the fewest mistakes in the majority of their contests and deserved the win by a touchdown in the final.
In short track speed skating, a Canadian won a medal in the women’s 500m. It was just not the short track speed skater that everyone was expecting. Marianne St-Gelais was the World Cup champion in the women’s 500m in 2016 and 2017, but was eliminated from the Olympic quarterfinals in the women’s 500m when she impeded with another skater. The Canadian Olympic bronze medalist ended up being Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Quebec, who was fourth on the World Cup circuit in the women’s 500 metres in 2017. The most memorable moment in watching Boutin win bronze was the elation and excitement St-Gelais showed on her face for her Canadian teammate. St-Gelais could have been down right disgusted with her own performance, but you would have never had expected that she had been disqualified by her remarkable level of excitement and joy for Boutin.
Canada also won bronze in women’s luge. This was redemption and a late Christmas present for Calgary’s Alex Gough, who thought four days before Christmas she won the bronze medal in mixed relay luge at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Then earlier this month, Gough found out that the Court of Arbitration for Sport reversed the ruling and gave many Russians back their 2014 medals. Gough now makes Canadian sports history by becoming the first Canadian luger to win an Olympic medal.
Meanwhile, Canada had a dominant 4-1 win over Finland in women’s hockey to improve to 2-0. Canadian head coach Laura Schuler must be thrilled with Canada’s no. 1 line of Meghan Agosta, Marie-Philip Poulin and Melodie Daoust. The trio were outstanding offensively and will need to be equally as strong when they play the United States Tuesday evening.