There were four very memorable moments and a couple of heartbreaks for Team Canada on Day 13 of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
First let’s start with the memorable moments. Canada won a gold medal in men’s ski cross and a bronze medal in women’s bobsled. Brady Leman of Calgary, Alberta won gold in men’s ski cross in an outstanding performance at Bongwang Phoenix Park. Leman went through the entire World Cup season without a podium finish after finishing second in the 2016-17 World Cup standings.
However on Wednesday (Tuesday in Canada), Leman was magnificent and was able to beat silver medalist Marc Bischofberger of Switzerland three times in the quarterfinals, semi-finals and then the finals. Unfortunately, two other Canadian ski cross racers suffered hard falls. The first was Christopher Del Bosco in the elimination round and the second was Kevin Drury in the finals.
In women’s bobsled, the legendary Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta won her third Olympic medal. After winning Olympic gold with Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island in Vancouver and Sochi, Humphries teamed up with Olympic hurdler Phylicia George of Markham, Ontario to win Olympic bronze. Humphries was in fifth place heading into the third run but was able to pass Germany I and United States II to reach the bottom step of the podium. It will now be interesting to see if Humphries sticks around for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
In men’s curling, Canada hammered Denmark 8-3. Canadian skip Kevin Koe picked up four points in the first end en route to the five point win. Team Canada will now play the United States in one semi-final (Thursday 3 am PT). Don’t forget that John Shuster of the USA beat Canada 9-7 in the round robin.
In women’s curling, Canada will not be headed to the playoffs for the first time in Olympic history. The bottom line for the Canadian failure was simple. Team Canada struggled in reading the ice, especially with their draw weight.
It was also a tough moment in long track speed skating, where the United States beat Canada for bronze in the women’s team pursuit. The Americans got off to a much faster start and beat Canada by 0.45 seconds. The Canadian approach to the race was completely different to the Americans, who decided to go fast early and see where it would take them. It was a successful American approach as Team Canada had to play catch up early and were behind the United States for the full race.
Then to end Day 13, Team Canada advanced to the semi-finals in men’s hockey. The Canadians beat Finland 1-0 with two goaltenders—Ben Scrivens (who was injured in the second period) and Kevin Poulin. Their semi-final opponent is Germany, who stunned Sweden 4-3 in overtime. Don’t forget Canada beat Germany in a classic 4-3 shootout win in the quarterfinals of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville.