On the second last day of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Canada recorded two medals—a gold and a bronze. The gold medalist was Sebastien Toutant of Montreal, Quebec and the bronze medal came from the Canadian National Men’s Hockey Team.
Toutant earned his gold medal in the men’s big air snowboarding competition. The event which was making its debut at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had three Canadians in the final. The expectations were that the Canadian snowboarding stars of Mark McMorris of Regina, Saskatchewan and Maxence Parrot of Cowansville, Quebec would compete for medals just like they did in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition to begin the Olympic Winter Games. However McMorris and Parrot were not on their game Saturday and both could not put together two clean performances.
Instead, it was Canada’s third ranked snowboarder who stole the show. Toutant, who has not won a significant international big air competition since winning the World Cup in Stoneham, Quebec in 2011, came through and delivered. He posted a first run score of 84.75 points and then a second score of 89.5 points. At the end of the day, Toutant did not need a clean performance in his third run. He had already done enough to capture Olympic gold and make snowboarding history.
In men’s hockey, Canadian fans should be shaking their heads and wondering what could have been. After playing the most defensively undisciplined period in Canadian international hockey history against Germany in the semi-finals, Canada bounced back with a convincing 6-4 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday to win Olympic bronze. The Canadians had a commanding 6-2 lead over the Czech Republic late in the third period when the Czechs scored twice to make things rather interesting.
At the end of the day, Hockey Canada must be relieved that they came away with something after a devastating 4-3 loss to Germany. Was it the result that Canada was looking for? No. But at least the 2018 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team will not be grouped together with those teams of 1998 and 2006.