Highlights of Day 13 in Vancouver

Day 13 was a bitter sweet day for our Canadian Olympians as figure skater Joannie Rochette competed after the sudden death of her mother two days ago, and Ashleigh Mcivor took to the slopes and claimed a gold medal in the ladies’ ski cross finals.

The Canadian men’s hockey team beat Germany 8-2 and will continue on the road to the gold in a do-or-die game against Russia.

Speed skating – men’s 10,000m

Lee Seung Hong of South Korea competed in the men’s 10,000m speed skating event held at Richmond Olympic Oval and won the gold medal with a time of 12:58.55 seconds.

Ivan Skobrev of Russia came in second with a time of 13:02.07 and Bob de Jong of the Netherlands won the bronze medal finishing with a time of 13:06.73.

No Canadian athlete competed in this event.

Alpine skiing – men’s giant slalom

Carlo Janka of Switzerland, who won the World Cup title last year won the gold medal in the men’s giant slalom ski event held in Whistler.

Canadian Robbie Dixon finished 28th right before teammate Erik Guay who came in 29th.

Romed Baumann of Austria won a silver medal, finishing with a time of 1:17.27 and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished third with a time of 1:17.43.

Biathlon – women’s 4×6 km relay

The Russian team fought their way to the top, winning a gold medal at the women’s biathlon 4×6 relay.

The Canadian women’s team stayed strong finishing in 15th place with a time of 1:14:25.5.

It was an extremely close run between the top five, however France pushed forward and claimed the silver medal with Germany coming up in third, winning a bronze medal.

Men’s ice hockey

After the Canadian men’s hockey team lost against the U.S. on Sunday night,  leading them on a rockier road to the gold, they knew that they had to win the next game.

Canada defeated Germany with a final score of 8-2, cutting Germany from any chance of making the podium.

Switzerland beat Belarus with a final score of 3-2. The Czech Republic beat Latvia with a final score of 3-2 and Slovakia beat Norway 4-3.

Nordic combined – team 4×5 km – 4x5km relay

The relay team from Austria took the top spot on the podium winning a gold medal and finishing with a time of 49:31.6.

The United States finished second with a time of 49.36.8 and Germany finished third with a time of 49.51.1

No Canadian competed in this event.

Freestyle skiing – ladies’ ski cross finals

Ashleigh Mcivor of Canada won a gold medal at the ladies’ ski cross finals held at Cypress Mountain.

“It’s weird,” Mcivor told the Vancouver Sun. “This is the only race of my life where I just felt like I was going to win. I used to think it was bad to think that way, that I was going to jinx it, that I’d be so disappointed if I didn’t win. I don’t know, I just had a really good feeling about this race.”

Figure skating – ladies short program

Joannie Rochette cried and put her hand to her heart as she finished her skate for the women’s short program just two days after her mother’s sudden death.

Her grief was very evident, but she powered through and claimed third place and a personal best score, behind Kim Yu-Na of South Korea who came in first. Asada Mao of Japan came in third.

“Very nice, warm welcome,” the grieving Olympian said to Skate Canada official Mike Slipchuk. “Hard to handle but I appreciate the support. I will remember this forever.”