Canada has collected two more medals in Day 14 of the Olympic Games. A gold for women’s hockey and a bronze to Joannie Rochette. The medal count is now at 17, with eight golds.
Cheryl Bernard of Canada has advanced to the medal round against Sweden. Bernard beat Switzerland 6-5 in the semifinal game. The skips from both teams had difficulties throughout the game but Mirjam Ott of Switzerland had a miss in the tenth end giving Canada a one point win. Bernard will play for gold on Friday.
Kevin Martin of Canada will move on to play for the gold medal as he defeated Sweden’s Niklas Edin 6-3. Martin will play Norway on Saturday.
The ladies’ giant slalom was finally able to be completed due to weather problems on Wednesday.
Canada’s top finisher was Marie- Michele Gagnon who placed 21st. Britt Janyk was in 25th place, Shona Rubens in 28th, and Marie- Pier Prefontaine was the last Canadian representative in 29th.
Cross- country skiing
It was a disappointing finish for the Canadian ladies’ 4x5km relay. Dasha Gaiazova, Perianne Jones, Chandra Crawford, and Madeleine Williams finished in 16th place.
In this event, ski jumping and cross- country skiing is combined. The lone Canadian who took part was Jason Myslicki and he placed 44th overall.
Canada beat the U.S.A. 2-0 giving the Canadians the gold medal with Marie- Phillip Poulin scoring both goals while Shannon Szabados, who made her Olympic debut, got a shutout.
Canada has won its third Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey. Canada and the U.S.A. have had a great rivalry dating back as far as women’s Olympic hockey.
The men’s aerials final had three Canadians in it. Kyle Nissen was the top Canadian headed into the second jump, ranked in first place, but was unsuccessful in executing it perfectly. He finished a disappointing fifth.
Steve Omischl finished in eighth place while Warren Shouldice in tenth.
Joannie Rochette has become Canada’s new skating sweetheart as she collected a bronze medal on Thursday night. It was not completely a clean skate but good enough to challenge for a podium finish.
Perhaps she skated in memory of her mom but it seemed to be the greatest motivation for the Canadian.
Cynthia Phaneuf performed well at these Olympics and with her skate finished in 12th place.