The gold medal total continued to rise Monday night for Team Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Canada had two more gold medals and now has eight gold medals, the third most ever by a Canadian team at the Olympic Winter Games.
On Monday, Cassie Sharpe won Canada’s seventh gold medal in the women’s halfpipe skiing event. Sharpe dazzled the crowd with the quality of her jumps in the pipe and even was able to grab her skis in the air which impressed the judges. The one Canadian legend who was talked about frequently over the past day was the legendary Sarah Burke of Barrie, Ontario. A major reason why Burke is in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame was her tireless work in help getting halfpipe skiing into the Olympic Winter Games.
Sharpe also won a gold medal with an injury. The fact she placed first with a broken thumb and it did not seem to impact her ability to excel in the pipe, was spectacular and would be something that should get her on Coach’s Corner.
Meanwhile in figure skating, the elegance and artistry of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario was expected to be seen one last time in competition on Monday in the long program of the ice dance. What was the most remarkable in Virtue and Moir’s performance was Virtue’s ability to stand on Moir’s thighs as they execute an amazing technical skill. They did make some adjustments to their program because the initial belief was it was “too sexy” according to the New Zealand Herald, and the altercations they made proved to be beneficial. They squeaked by the French duo of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by 0.79 points and will go out on top as world record holding Olympic gold medalists.
Finally in men’s curling, Canada’s Kevin Koe improved to 5-3 with a convincing 8-4 win over Japan. Canada is in a three-way tie at the moment for second place with Switzerland and Great Britain, and only trail Sweden at 7-1. Canada’s last round robin game is against Denmark, but even with a loss, they have guaranteed at least a spot in the tie-breaker.