Team Canada Makes History at Winter Olympics

Team Canada has set a personal best record at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning a total of 29 medals (11 Gold, 8 Silver, and 10 Bronze) for third place overall.  The team would also finish in third place for Gold medal count.  Only Norway and Germany would win more Gold Medals (14 each) and more total medals overall (Norway 39, and Germany 31).  The previous record for total medals won by Team Canada was 26, set at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.

The games were held with some controversies as the Russian team was barred from attending the games due to doping allegations (although many athletes from Russia were still allowed to compete as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” or “OAR”), and for the first time since the 1994 Winter Olympics NHL hockey players were not allowed to compete at the Olympics.

The following teams/individuals are bringing medals home to Canada:

Gold Medals:

Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Tessa Virtue, and Scott Moir – Team Event (Figure Skating)

Mikaël Kingsbury – Men’s Moguls (Freestyle skiing)

Kaitlyn Lawes, and John Morris – mixed doubles (curling)

Ted-Jan Bloemen – Men’s 10,000m (Speed skating)

Samuel Girard – Men’s 1,000m (short track speed skating)

Justin Kripps, and Alexander Kopacz – two man bobsleigh

Cassie Sharpe – Women’s halfpipe (freestyle skiing)

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – Ice dancing

Brady Leman – Men’s ski cross (freestyle skiing)

Kelsey Serwa – Women’s ski cross (freestyle skiing)

Sébastien Toutant – Men’s big air (snowboarding)

Silver Medal:

Maxence Parrot – Men’s slopestyle (snowboarding)

Ted-Jan Bloemen – Men’s 5,000m (speed skating)

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Women’s moguls (freestyle skiing)

Laurie Blouin – Women’ slopestyle (snowboarding)

Alex Gough, Samuel Edney, Tristan Walker, and Justin Snith – team relay (luge)

Meghan Agosta, Bailey Bram, Emily Clark, Mélodie Daoust, Ann-Renée Desbiens, Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Geneviève Lacasse, Brigette Lacquette, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson, Sarah Nurse, Marie-Philip Poulin, Lauriane Rougeau, Jillian Saulnier, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey, Shannon Szabados, Blayre Turnbull, and Jenn Wakefield – Women’s National Hockey Team

Kim Boutin – 1,000m (short track speed skating)

Brittany Phelan – Women’s ski cross (freestyle skiing)

Bronze Medal:

Mark McMorris – Men’s slopestyle (snowboarding)

Kim Boutin – Women’s 500m (short track speed skating)

Alex Gough – Women’s single luge

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford – Pairs figure skating

Kim Boutin – Women’s 1,500m (short track speed skating)

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – Men’s slopestyle (freestyle skiing)

Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George – Women’s bobsleigh

Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer, and Pascal Dion – Men’s 5,000m relay (short track  speed skating)

Kaetlyn Osmond – Ladie’s singles (figure skating)

Rene Bourque, Gilbert Brulé, Andrew Ebbett, Andrew Ebbett, Chay Genoway, Cody Goloubef, Marc-André Gragnani, Quinton Howden, Chris Kelly, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Maxim Lapierre, Maxim Noreau, Eric O’Dell, Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin, Mason Raymond, Mat Robinson, Derek Roy, Ben Scrivens, Karl Stollery, Christian Thomas, Linden Vey, and Wojtek Wolski – Men’s National Hockey team.

Congratulations to all our athletes for a job well done!  You have made Canada proud!

The biggest upset for many, including the athletes, was the Women’s hockey team coming home with the Silver Medal after a shootout in the Gold Medal game – however in the six times that Women’s hockey has been contested at the Olympics, Canada now has four Gold Medals and two Silver Medals, and we have won four straight Gold Medals.  While the USA team won the Gold this year, Canada is 3-2 overall in the Gold Medal game vs. the USA.  I, for one, am proud of that accomplishment.  In my eyes, that still means that our Women’s team is the #1 hockey team in the world!

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