Canada makes history on day 16

Canadians had something else to be ecstatic about besides winning medals; Canada made history by winning three gold medals on day 16, bringing their total count to 13 overall, the most ever won by a host country and highest total ever won.

Men’s curling

Kevin Martin of Killam, Alberta, led his team of John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert to a gold medal Saturday night by defeating Norway in a very exciting match.

Canada was the first team to go undefeated in the Olympics. Canada has now won back-to-back gold medals at the winter Olympics.

Men’s alpine

Only three of the four Canadians that started, qualified for the second run.

Quebec native Julien Cousineau finished with a time of 1:40.66, which placed him in eighth place and just seconds behind third place.

Vancouver native and medal favourite Michael Janyk finished in 13th place with a time of 1:41.09.

Men’s snowboarding

Coming back from placing 20th in the qualification run, Jasey-Jay Anderson had the fastest time in his second run to place him 10th. In the final run, Anderson gave it his all and took home the gold medal.

Anderson was able to defeat his strongest competitor, Austrian Benjamin Karl.

Ladies’ 30km mass start

Canada’s Sara Renner competed in her final Olympic race with a 16th place finish.

Racing in her fourth and final Olympics, Renner has decided to retire as a skier to focus on her family.

Teammate Madelaine Williams placed 46th.

Men’s’ and ladies’ speed skating

Canada’s Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux passed the finish line just .19 seconds ahead of the U.S. to win gold in the men’s speed skating pursuit.

It was the first medal at the Olympics for the men’s side of the Canadian long track team.

The ladies’ portion of the team pursuit did not have a strong finish. The team placed fifth in the event after being defeated by the Americans the day prior.

Men’s four-man bobsleigh

Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., Chris Le Bihan of Grande Prairie, Alta., David Bissett of Calgary, and Lascelles Brown of Edmonton, placed third and took home the bronze medal with a time of 51.46 just .01 seconds out of a silver medal finish.