Two Punches To The Gut Today From The USA

Team Canada's Team Koe in the Curling qualifiers at PyeongChang 2018, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. COC Photo by Stephen Hosier

Bear with me if I need Pepto-Bismol while I write up this report. The United States beat Canada twice on Feb. 22. The first came in the gold medal game in women’s hockey and the second came in the semi-final in men’s curling. That’s right. The United States and not Canada will face Sweden in the gold medal game in men’s curling! Yikes!!

Instead of focusing on the negative moments on Thursday, let us take a look at the positives which both came in short track speed skating. Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Quebec won her third medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang when she won the silver medal in the women’s 1000 metres. Boutin was near the lead pack throughout the entire race and stayed out of trouble when the two South Koreans of Min-jeong Choi and Suk-hee Shim collided with one another and slid hard into the boards.

By winning the silver medal on Thursday in the women’s 1000m, Boutin made short track speed skating history. She became only the second short track speed skater of all-time to win three individual medals in short track speed skating at a single Olympic Winter Games. The other was Wang Meng of China at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Even though Boutin did not win gold in Pyeongchang, she should be considered the flag bearer for Canada in the closing ceremonies.

Meanwhile in the men’s 5000m relay, Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec won his fifth Olympic medal in his career in helping Canada win bronze. Hamelin has been the catalyst of the Canadian short track speed skating team for the last decade, and now will leave the sport with an Olympic medal. (Both Hamelin and St-Gelais plan to retire after the 2018 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Montreal next month).  Hamelin won bronze alongside Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Quebec, Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Quebec and Pascal Dion of Montreal, Quebec.