Thursday, February 22, 2024

Canada highlights the smaller victories on day 7

Olympic coverage presented by Sitka Law Group

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You have to start somewhere, and Canada is getting there inch by inch in Pyeongchang.

While it was a slower day on Day Seven of the Olympics, with no increase in medals, there are still celebrations to be had.

A few highlights from last night’s competitions:

Historical Finishes in Cross Country Skiing

(NATHAN DENETTE / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Alex Harvey is putting Canada on the map for cross-country skiing. Harvey dared to go where no Canadian has gone before. His seventh place finish is an all time best placing for any Canadian in cross-country.

Figure Skating: Short Track had Hiccups for Chan

(Julie Jacobson/AP)

In the men’s skate figure skating, Patrick Chan goes into the long program final in sixth place after a fall while attempting a triple axel. He performed his routine to Dust in the Wind by Kansas and closed with 90.01 in the short program. Chan now sits 21 points behind the leader Yuzuru Hanyu. A medal will be tough from his position, but as they say…it’s not over ’till it’s over.

The final takes place on Saturday and will be Chan’s last Olympics before his announced retirement.

Speed Skating

(John Locher/AP)

After a disappointing sixth place finish in the 3,000-meter long track speed skating event, Ivanie Blondin came back last night in the 5,000m with a solid performance of fifth place. Sportsnet reported that the 27-year-old was feeling the nerves in her first race and learned about managing it on the world stage.

After the 3,000m, she told reporters, “The stress of my first race at the Olympics just got to me a little bit,” and was able to adjust to string together a great race last night.

Men’s Curling

(EPA/JAVIER ETXEZARRETA)

Canada remains undefeated, with a dominating match last night against South Korea. They won 7-6. Both Canada and Sweden have a clean game win streak, and will face each other on Saturday. Expect a nail biter.

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Rachel Francois
Runner, writer, yogi, coffee enthusiast and Olympic writer for Victoria Buzz.

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