The term ABM has new significance in Canada. Yes I know it means automated banking machine, but it now means Alex Beaulieu-Marchand to all Canadian sports fans.
On Saturday evening, Beaulieu-Marchand won the 16th medal for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In the men’s slopestyle skiing, Beaulieu-Marchand was extremely consistent in delivering clean jumps, and with his second jump, posted a score of 92.4 points, good enough to get on to the podium where he was joined by gold medalist Oystein Braaten of Norway and silver medalist Nick Goepper of the United States.
Where Beaulieu-Marchand was most impressive was the fact that he was able to grab his skis while in the air. The challenge of doing that particular trick is extremely difficult.
Canada now has five gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals. They are behind Norway (26 medals) and Germany (18 medals) in the standings.
Meanwhile in women’s curling, Team Canada had a gigantic come from behind 10-8 win over Switzerland. Canada was trailing 7-4 after six ends but got a big three ender in the ninth to take the lead and then stole a point in the 10th. Canada now improves to 2-3 and believe it or not they are only half a game back of China and Great Britain, who are both 3-3 for fourth place in the standings.
In men’s hockey, Canada defeated South Korea 4-0. With the win, Canada clinched a bye to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of Finland and South Korea. It wasn’t a dominating Canadian victory but it got the job done at the end of the day. Former New York Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin of Montreal, Quebec was very steady in goal as he made 19 saves.
Finally in bobsled, Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia and Alexander Kopacz of London, Ontario are in medal contention in two-man bobsled. Kripps and Kopacz had the second fastest run in the first run as they were only two one hundredths of a second back of Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga of Latvia. Kripps and Kopacz maintained their second place position after the second run, but now find themselves trailing Germany’s Nico Walther and Christian Poser by a tenth of a second.