Charles Hamelin had a goal for these Games: win a gold medal. After being denied several times, he finally accomplished his goal last night, winning the gold medal in the men's 500m individual short track speed skating event. Canada also had François-Louis Tremblay on the podium with Hamelin, for winning the bronze medal in the same race after some crazy events on the last turn disqualified American favourite Apollo Anton Ohno. To make their night even better, Hamelin and Tremblay later teamed up with François Hamelin and Olivier Jean to win Canada another gold in the 5000m relay. What a great day for short track speed skating in Canada!
Meanwhile, in other sports, Canada defeats Slovakia and USA beats Finland, so the gold medal match will be a repeat of 2002: Canada vs USA. Also, on a slightly dimmer note (but still strong), Cheryl Bernard's Canadian rink lost to Sweden in the gold medal match for women's curling, and will have to settle for silver. (That was supposed to be one of our guaranteed golds, Cheryl!!!). And in 4-man bobsleigh, Canada1 is sitting in 2nd after the first 2 runs, only 0.40 seconds behind USA1, and Canada2 is in 6th.
Well, today is the last really full day of events (only 3 events tomorrow). Today, we have the medal matches for men's curling, as Kevin Martin's rink takes on Norway and the wicked pants for the gold. Also, Slovakia and Finland will play in the bronze medal match for men's hockey. Other events include PGS snowboarding, some speed skating, the conclusion of the bobsleigh, and some skiing. Schedule below another medal pic, check out ctvolympics.ca and vancouver2010.com as always for lots of Canadian coverage.
9:00 Men's Curling: Bronze Medal Match - Sweden vs Switzerland
10:00 Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom 1st Run
10:00 Snowboard: Men's PGS Qualification
11:45 Cross-Country Skiing: Ladies' 30km Mass Start Classic (medal event)
12:15 Snowboard: Men's PGS 1/8-finals
12:30 Speed Skating: Ladies' Team Pursuit Semifinals
12:51 Snowboard: Men's PGS Quarterfinals
12:51 Speed Skating: Men's Team Pursuit Finals (medal event)
13:00 Bobsleigh: Four-Man Heat 3
13:09 Snowboard: Men's PGS Semifinals
13:13 Speed Skating: Ladies' Team Pursuit Finals (medal event)
13:31 Snowboard: Men's PGS Finals (medal event)
13:45 Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom 2nd Run (medal event)
14:40 Bobsleigh: Four-Man Heat 4 (medal event)
15:00 Men's Curling: Gold Medal Match - Canada vs Norway (medal event)
16:30 Figure Skating: Exhibition Gala
19:00 Men's Hockey: Bronze Medal Match - Slovakia vs Finland
Canadian Athletes to Watch For:
-Kevin Martin's rink is at it again, as they face Norway and their awesome pants in the gold medal match for curling. Can he do what Cheryl Bernard was unable to? Sweden and Switzerland face off in the morning for the bronze medal.
-Jasey-Jay Anderson and Michael Lambert are both among the top 4 in the world right now for PGS snowboarding. Matthew Morrison is 18th in the world right now, and is considered to have an outside chance.
-Local favourite Michael Janyk earned a bronze for the men's slalom on the World Cup circuit in 2009, and is expected to have an impact on the podium. He is joined by Julien Cousineau, Brad Spence and Trevor White.
-Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux reached the final round for the men's team pursuit speed skating, and have a very good chance at a medal.
-For bobsleigh, Canada1 (formed by Lyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan, David Bissett and Lascelles Brown) is sitting in 2nd right now, 0.40 seconds behind the American leader. Canada2 (formed by Pierre Lueders, Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden and Neville Wright) is in 6th, sitting 0.81 seconds behind the leader.
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