Canadian Pyeongchang Olympic Overview: Week 1

Since the 2018 winter Olympics began on February 9th 2018, Canada has the third highest medal count. With 13 medals, Canadian athletes trail Norway’s 17 medals and Germany’s 15 medals. Canada has skated, skied, luged, snowboarded, and curled themselves into the third highest medal ranking with 4 gold, 5 silver, and 4 bronze medals. These athletes have come from all corners of Canada to make their country and themselves proud in PyeongChang.  This week’s gold medalists have given Canadians something to cheer about.

 

Who: Mikael Kingsbury

Event: Men’s Mogal

Medal: Gold

Mikael Kingsbury Pyeongchang Olympics

 

Age: 25

Home Province: Quebec

Fun Fact: Kingsbury is in his seventh year of being ranked number 1 in the world

Notable Quotable: “It’s just unbelievable. I won the Olympics. I’ll be the Olympic champion for the rest of my life.”

 

Who: Alex Gough, Sam Edrey, Tristan Walker, Justin Smith

Event: Luge Relay

Medal: Silver

canada luge pyeongchang

Age: 30, 33, 26, 26

Home Province: Alberta

Fun Fact: This foursome has been to three Olympic games together. They received fourth place in this event in the Sochi games, and this was their chance for redemption

Notable Quotable: In referring to their fourth-place finish at the Sochi games, Edrey commented, “That fueled us. That fueled us for a long time. I just know that we put in all the hard work and did everything right. Tonight was about sliding for each other and sliding for Canada, and we did that.”

 

Who: Patrick Chan, Gabrielle Daleman, Kaetlyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir

Event: Team Event -Figure Skating

Medal: Gold

Team Canada Figure Skating Pyeongchang

Age: 27,20,22,32,33,28,39

Home Province: All hail from Ontario except for Osmond who is from Alberta

Fun Fact: Scott Moir published his story in the book “Tessa & Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold”

Notable Quotable: Patrick Chan admitted to being very nervous before his event. He admitting to having to give himself a little pep talk before he hit the ice saying, “I just had a conversation with myself” Even gold medalists need some encouragement!

 

Who: Kaitlyn Lawes, John Morris

Event: Mixed Doubles, Curling

Medal: Gold

Curling Canada pyeongchang

Age: 29, 40

Home Province: Manitoba, Ontario

Fun Fact: After a bad car accident, Morris was forced to choose between his two favourite sports, hockey and curling. Luckily he chooses to curl.

Notable Quotable: When asked about her dynamic with partner John Morris, Kaitlyn Lawes commented, “We weren’t perfect right off the bat, we stumbled. We had to learn as quickly as possible how to play well together and overcome adversity. But we did, we learned quickly and adapted and before you know it we were really starting to play well together.”

 

Who: Ted-Jan Bloemen

Event: Speed Skating –Long Track

Medal: Gold

Ted-Jan Bloemen Speed Skating

Age: 31

Home Province: Alberta

Fun Fact: Bloemen started his skating career in the Netherlands, his mother’s country of origin.

Notable Quotable: Overcome with emotion after his win, both he and his wife, watching in the stands, burst into tears. “I’m really grateful for all the people around me, and I’m a really happy person and I’ve been so for a long time. I’m really grateful for the team that I have around me, and the family that is here with me, and that’s how I feel: really proud, happy, and grateful.”

 

Next, Canadian athletes will fight for wins in multiple events including Ice Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, and Ski Jumping.

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